Aug 19. 2011
How times have changed — especially for women in business. Decades ago, businesswomen were commonly called “gals” and often treated as servants by customers and vendors, even if they owned the business.
“I’d have men tell me — not ask me — to get coffee for them,” said Lynn Wobig of Wobig Insurance Group and Allstate Insurance. “And we didn’t dare tell a potential employer that we were married because they’d think that we’d be getting pregnant and quitting our jobs. We’ve come a long way since then.”
Wobig and more than a dozen other local businesswomen discussed the challenges they’ve faced as entrepreneurs and company managers during the Columbia Business Times Power Lunch, held Aug. 11 at the Country Club of Missouri and presented by The Callaway Bank.