Women in Printing -- Female Perspectives
But the road to the executive level is never easy. Kinney reports that the only route to becoming a success in the printing industry is by paying your dues. "By putting in 12-hour days, donating a lot of time to the industry and working twice as hard" is how Kinney has succeeded. Still, being a woman in the graphic arts industry is a challenge.
"It is still a male-dominated industry," Kinney remarks. "Just look around at all the faces at industry events and the officers in associations' volunteer leadership positions.You are seeing more women in sales, but not in productions jobs."
But there are ways to make the printing industry a more female-friendly career path, Kinney notes. Companies that know this are often rewarded with quality employees.
"Realize that most women are also raising a family and might need some flexible hours," Kinney suggests to potential employers. "They maintain a great deal of loyalty to those companies that recognize that."