The article below, written by industry veteran Robert Petril of www.modlifecollection.com, is the best I've read on the subject of state of the furniture industry in regards to the lack of women in leadership positions.
January 31, 2015
NO Girls Allowed! (Nor anyone else for that matter!)
I hear it said that the “Boy’s Club” still rules and “women need not apply,” I
feel compelled to share my experiences in this industry. It’s true, if you
walk into most showrooms in High Point during the beginning of the Furniture Market, you will find a huge group of older men in their new market ties
getting ready for the sales meetings. Soon the company leaders (mostly all men)
will get up and address the sales force. He will tell them why these
products will sell and give them the marching orders for the upcoming season.
Some of those leaders will even talk about how more women are needed in
influential positions in our industry. I’ve heard the same empty rhetoric for
30 years now! The problem is, some say it because they believe it, and some
because they think it’s the right thing to say and it makes them look more
progressive. However, they’re still saying this to a huge group of aging men.
Some in really great ties, too. But the truth is there’s no plot against
women or anyone else. The only plot is to desperately keep their jobs......
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