What Is I Want Her Job?

Welcome to the I Want Her Job community. My name is Brianne, and I’m our founder. It’s nice to officially meet.

We live at a pivotal time. In September, USA Today reported that women ages 22 to 30 with no husband and no kids earn 8 percent more than men their age. Women out-earn men in 39 of the 50 biggest cities, and match them in eight. And furthermore, women are 1.5 times more likely than men to graduate from college or earn advanced degrees.

But even with all of this good news comes one very stark and somewhat startling fact. There are only 15 Fortune 500 companies run by women. Yes, that’s 15 — out of 500.

This must change, and it starts with us … in a small way … right here.

Over the course of the past few months I’ve had the opportunity to interview successful women from all over the country (and Sweden) who love their jobs. These are women who wake up, excited to go to work and set ideas into motion. These are women who take the time to stay late and answer that e-mail from someone dying to get into their industry. These are women who have found what it is that makes them professionally happy right now and want to help you make your dreams come true.

Maybe you’re one of these women, or maybe you aspire to be just like them. That is the purpose of I Want Her Job. This site isn’t about me. It’s about you and the steps you can take to start bringing your dreams to reality. And it’s a place where you can allow yourself to wonder “What If.”

As girls we grew up dressing Barbie for different careers, or maybe it was our American Girl dolls. Then in college we figured out (or attempted to find) what job we wanted to pursue. But we didn’t have to stop there.

Maybe you’re in a place in your life where you know there’s something better out there for you professionally. Maybe you already have your dream job figured out. Either way, I think it’s a safe bet to say that we’ve all been dreamers who’ve wondered how different careers might fit — at one point or another.

Here’s your chance to do that.

Thank you for reading I Want Her Job. Every time you do, you support this mission and our community. If you like what you see here, like IWHJ on Facebook and follow IWHJ on Twitter, where you’ll find clues to the upcoming Leading Ladies, as well as inspirational quotes and updates on the accomplished women you read about here.

Let me know if there is a certain job you would like to see featured, or if there is someone you want to nominate for Leading Lady, by e-mailing iwantherjob@gmail.com. This site will become what we make it— together.

And never forget, “Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, except backwards and in high heels.”