Did you know that women have played a significant role in shaping housing policy and architectural design? From advocating for fair housing laws to designing homes with women’s needs in mind, women have been at the forefront of many critical housing issues. This Women’s History Month, I’m reflecting on the incredible impact that women have had on the housing industry. Additionally, I’ll offer some key lessons I’ve learned as a woman in the industry.
Women’s Historical Impact on Housing:
Throughout the course of history, the impact of women on the field of housing has been invaluable. From trailblazers in public housing to savvy real estate investors, women have made significant contributions to shaping the way we think about and live in our homes. Firstly, Dorothy Richardson fought tirelessly for fair housing advocacy and laid the groundwork for the founding of Neighborhood Housing Services. Secondly, Tammy Eagle Bull, the first Native American woman to become a licensed architect in the U.S., ensures sustainable and culturally sensitive architecture is available for Native American communities. Thirdly, Catherine Bauer authored the Housing Act of 1937, which provided affordable, subsidized residences for low-income citizens for the very first time. As a real estate agent and woman of mixed-race heritage, it is important to recognize the impact of these women whose legacies continue to inspire and shape the industry today.
Women Who Have Broken Barriers in Real Estate:
From innovative agents and brokers to intelligent investors and developers, women have played a vital role in shaping the world of real estate. The world of real estate has been historically dominated by men, but women have been breaking barriers and making strides in the industry for decades. In honor of Women’s History Month, I want to highlight women who have shattered barriers in the real estate industry.
These women have paved the way for future generations and have left an indelible mark on the industry.
- Barbara Corcoran, founder of The Corcoran Group, has become a real estate mogul and icon.
- Elizabeth “Liz” Elting, co-founder of TransPerfect, expanded her empire by buying and developing real estate in New York City.
- Dorothy Herman, CEO of Douglas Elliman, has taken one of the largest real estate brokerage firms in the country to new heights.
- Mary Anne Gilmartin, former CEO of Forest City Ratner Companies and founder of MAG Partners, has been a trailblazer in the development of sustainable and equitable real estate projects.
These women have not only shattered glass ceilings, but also serve as inspirations to future generations of women in real estate. I’m proud to be a part of this community and look forward to continuing to support and empower women in real estate.
Lessons I’ve Learned Being a Female Business Owner:
It’s important to reflect on my experience, what I’ve learned, and how to give back to other women in the industry. Here are few of the key lessons I’ve learned over the years:
- Delegate: Women in executive positions with children face “double shifts” It’s impossible to run a business, raise kids, and grow a marriage without support. Make strategic hires to enable you to spend your time most efficiently.
- Outsource: Hire help for household tasks as much as possible. I try to limit my working hours to when my kids are in school which means I need support to keep my household running smoothly.
- Network: Make it a habit to meet with other women and look for younger women to mentor and support on their own professional journeys. I am a lifelong learner and, as such, it benefits me to surround myself with inspiring people of all different ages.
These tips have helped development my expertise and success as an agent and I would love to help you with your real estate journey. If you would like a free home valuation please don’t hesitate to contact me for more information. If you are considering purchasing a home I can set-up an automated search with your detailed criteria which will be emailed to you daily.
Happy Women’s History Month!