Evolution Of Women Involved In Franchising In Past 50 Years
Over the past 50 years, I have witnessed a steady increase in women
participating in all aspects of the franchising business sector. The involvement
of women in franchising has undergone significant evolution, reflecting broader
societal changes, advancements in gender equality, and shifting economic
1970s - The Emergence:
When I entered the franchising field in the 1970s, women's participation in
franchising was still relatively limited. Women often faced social and systemic
barriers that restricted their access to business opportunities. However, a few
pioneering women began breaking into the franchising space during this time,
often in industries perceived as more "female-oriented," such as baked goods,
food, interior design, and retailing.
1980s - Growth and Diversity:
The 1980s witnessed an increase in the number of women entering franchising.
This decade saw a diversification of industries beyond traditional sectors, as
more women pursued opportunities in service-based franchises, health and
wellness, and education. Women-owned franchise businesses began to gain
attention, contributing to the growth of women's presence in the sector.
1990s - Advocacy and Support:
During the 1990s, various organizations and initiatives emerged to support
women's participation in franchising. Women-focused networking groups and
associations began to provide mentorship, resources, and education to aspiring
women franchisees and franchisors. These efforts helped create a more supportive
environment for women seeking to establish themselves in the franchising world.
2000s - Leadership and Empowerment:
The 2000s marked a shift towards women assuming leadership roles in franchising.
More women began to establish their own franchise concepts and brands, becoming
franchisors themselves. This decade also saw an increase in women holding
executive positions within established franchise systems, contributing to more
diverse leadership teams.
2010s - Focus on Inclusion:
The 2010s brought increased attention to diversity and inclusion in all sectors
of franchising. More franchisors actively sought to include women as franchisees
and leaders. Efforts were made to address any remaining gender-based biases and
to create an environment that welcomed individuals of all backgrounds.
2020s - Continued Progress:
I continue to see the trend of women's increasing involvement in franchising to
the present day. Women-owned franchise businesses are on the rise, and many
women are successfully establishing and growing their own franchise brands.
Advancements in technology and changes in work dynamics are also creating new
opportunities for women in franchising, allowing for more flexible business
I am proud to be able to point out that our firm has developed successful
women-owned franchise business models over the years in a wide variety of fields
including healthcare, education, fitness gyms, cleaning services, food venues,
and women's fashion.
It's important to note that while progress has been made, challenges related to
gender equality and representation in business, including franchising, still
exist. Factors like access to financing, societal expectations, and work-life
balance can impact women's participation. Efforts to support women in
franchising continue through mentorship programs, educational resources, and
policies that promote inclusivity.
Written By: Carl J. Kosnar
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