When I look back at my childhood, my mom, first generation Bachelors degree in tow, worked four days a week. And ‘ran’ the evenings on her own at home while my dad was dairy farming. When she looks back, her mother ran the household and picked up shifts waitressing when the farm wasn’t making ends meet. And before that, working outside the home wasn’t something my great grandmother would have dreamed of.
It is on the backs of everyday women like my mother, and the likes of Sojourner Truth, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, among others, that I was able to enter the workforce without a single thought of my gender having an impact on my professional life. While at the same time, knowing I had a real choice of whether to be a stay at home mom, full time employee or somewhere in between.
Not every woman experiences this liberation in the same way I do. And, it is more than just being able to work as a mom that has changed. From voting rights and Title IX to equal pay, women’s rights have come a very long way. AND – still have a long way to go.
So, in honor of Women’s History Month, we’d like to elevate the voices of some of our favorite B2B marketers — who also happen to be women — along with a few others outside of marketing. These 10+ women are inspirations to men and women alike.
Inspiring Business Insight From 10+ Top Women In Marketing & Beyond
Chief Content Officer
President, Integrated and Partner Solutions
“If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you are an excellent leader.” — Dolly Parton @DollyParton Click To Tweet
Singer-songwriter, Actress, and Businesswoman
“You are not just your job title. Job titles often don’t tell a story about who you are and what you stand for. By intentionally choosing how you will show up, you make a more meaningful investment in your leadership and impact.” — @tyrona Click To Tweet
Director, Market Engagement, The B2B Institute at LinkedIn*
“So often in life, things that you regard as an impediment turn out to be great good fortune.” — Ruth Bader Ginsburg Click To Tweet
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
“Be eliminating all options for retreat, you can become single-mindedly focused on success and victory.” — Charlene Li @CharleneLi Click To Tweet
Founder & Senior Fellow
Altimeter, a Prophet Company
“If you don’t see a clear path for what you want, sometimes you have to make it yourself.” — Mindy Kaling @MindyKaling Click To Tweet
Comedian, Actress, and Writer
“Do I believe in luck? Yes. It’s accompanied by patience, hard work, failure, resiliency, persistence and a little bit of sparkle.” — Miri Rodriguez @MiriRod Click To Tweet
Senior Storyteller Future of Work
“Women are like teabags. We don’t know our true strength until we are in hot water.” — Eleanor Roosevelt Click To Tweet
Former First Lady of the United States, Diplomat, and Activist
We’ll conclude with an eleventh bonus quote that sums up the power of B2B marketing when it makes true and enduring connections.
“People will forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” — Maya Angelou Click To Tweet
Poet, Memoirist, and Activist
I hope at least one of these gems brought you a smile. I think I’ll pin a few to my desktop background.
Thank you to each of these women and so many others who have helped to pave the way for today’s and future generations of girls, mothers, women, and business LEADERS. Imagine, one day your name, your son’s name, your niece’s, could be on that list in the intro of dedicated souls who helped to advance human rights to level the playing fields.
To learn even more about the top women in marketing, here’s a list of related articles we’ve published:
- 25 Women of Color Who Rocked B2B Marketing in 2021
- 50 Influential Women in B2B Marketing Who Rocked in 2020
- 10 Years of Women Who Rock in Marketing – CMO Edition 2019
* LinkedIn is a TopRank Marketing client.