Monday, October 15, 2007

Wordy Women

Mark J. Penn is an American polling analyst, and has been an adviser for companies from Microsoft to BP and heads of state from Bill Clinton to Tony Blair. He wrote a book Microtrends, which I am reading now.

According to Penn, American women were “on the verge of taking over word-based professions, like journalism, law, marketing, and communications." Here are the excerpts from the book:


Take journalism. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of 2005, 57 percent of news analysts, reporters, and correspondents were women. Even 57 percent of TV news anchors – that authoritative role once reserved for the likes of Walter Cronkite – are women…

In public relations – the art of helping people express themselves in just the right way – women make up something like 70 percent of the field, up from 30 percent in the 1970s…

Or look at law, the great province of written and spoken argument. Since 1970, the number of women lawyers in America has grown 2,900 percent

Compare all these majority and supermajority numbers to women in the sciences and in business. Women are just 14 percent of architects and engineers. They are about 15 percent of professors in the major technical universities like Caltech and Georgia Tech. They hold only 16 percent of the top officer jobs in Fortune 500 companies. They are a mere 3 percent of technology companies’ highest-paid executives.


Now back to blogosphere. Do you notice that majority of the bloggers are females?

But why are most bloggers female? One possible explanation is that women like to talk, and blogging is an extension of talking. *cover my head with both hands and quickly slip away*

(No offense to women )


  1. Most bloggers are female??? Really? Hmmm... I didn't know... or maybe didn't notice...

  2. Ermm, how come I always see a lot of male one? So if male blogs, does that mean he has some characteristics just like female? Hahaha!

  3. princess/kai,
    In the latest issue of Clove (The Star), it is stated that majority of bloggers are females. There are other stats which point to the same conclusion, but I no longer remember the sources.

    You don't notice this probably because your "fans" are mostly guys.

    I guess men's blogs are slightly different from those of women's. Women, for example, are more likely to write about their emotions.

  4. I guess I agree with you regarding women tend to write more about their emotions, but most of the blogs are read are life bloggers which I personally prefer.

    Eh, is my blog emotional? Die lar...

    Wakakaka "fans"... no comments

  5. princess,
    I am not saying that your blog is emotional. I am just generalizing...

    Perhaps your fans are drawn to your blog by your "wakakaka" laughter ;)

  6. Why women like to talk? Haven't you heard? *whisper* Hahahaha! Better not say it here!

  7. aiya... cocka, I don't get it. Can you please "whisper" again?

  8. You also read my blog... so you like my wukakaka style lar... Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh... I got the hint :P

  9. I think it's not because women like to talk as you put it but women are better at expressing themselves as they are more open about their feelings.