Women are not really running most automotive dealerships.
For example, only 19 % of F&I management professionals are women.
Women are the majority of employees working in auto dealership.
Most are in the office management & administrative positions.
Men make the decisions; Women, generally, do the crunch work. This needs to change.
Women influence or actually accomplish most vehicle sales and selections. The operative functions in a dealership are handled and managed by women like HR, Finance, and Customer Service. Yet less than 25% of the auto dealership employees are females and few dealerships, OEMs, and suppliers are lead and managed by women.
It is now becoming apparent that in order for women to gain parity in automotive, they need to gain the backing of financial resources like venture funding, bank underwriting, and capital allocation. That’s where they are now going.
The societal, social, and economic impact of women in the management of enterprises & business entities, particularly in the automotive industry is becoming more visible and actionable every day.
The video interview with Sallie Krawcheck which primarily focuses on the gender gap in pay in business in general also applies to the the overall condition and situation for women in the automotive industry. While we see women being placed and promoted in to secondary management roles, we still do not see them becoming the leading force in an industry that continues to be male dominated. Women just have not been able to over come this situation.