Think about the portrayals of salespeople in movies and books. Who comes to mind? Willy Loman. Jerry Maguire. Alec Baldwin in Glengarry Glen Ross. The "Wolf of Wall Street." Both in art and real life, sales as a profession has been historically dominated by men.
Or has it? The following infographic from Nimble and Postwire provides a history lesson on nine founding mothers of sales. As early as the 1700s, Mary Musgrove was unleashing her sales prowess to move furs at trading posts. Mary Kay Ash empowered a generation of women to join the workforce by selling cosmetics. Today, Oprah Winfrey's success bears testament to the importance of personal branding in moving merchandise.
Throughout the decades, women pioneered inventive sales tactics that are now commonplace, scaled successful sales organizations, and reimagined traditional sales approaches. The stories below shatter the myth that sales is a boys' club. Women in sales, you have a strong lineage preceding you.