March is Women’s History Month! Find out how we’re honoring the women who have impacted our industry and how you can get involved.
Titans Of Industry: Women in Real Estate Recaps & Resources
Check out our recaps from our previous events, including this year’s event, which took place on March 2:
- 2022: Titans of Industry: Women in Real Estate Full Event Recap
- Meet The Women Transforming Chicago Real Estate
- The Secrets of Negotiation Skills in Everyday Life
- Closing the Gender Pay Gap in Real Estate
- A Fascinating, Behind-the-Scenes Look at Digital Brand Strategy
- Meet CAR’s All-Women Executive Leadership Team
- Breaking the Glass Ceiling in Politics
- Not Recommended, But Necessary: Tools to Successfully Manage Self Employment, Family & Chronic Disease
- Identifying the Power in Your Value Proposition
- Managing Your Most Important Asset – Yourself
- 2021: Celebrating Female Power: Tips & Tools from Our Titans of Industry
- Meet CAR’s All Women Executive Team | Michelle Mills Clement, Nykea Pippion McGriff, Antje Gehrken, Sarah Ware, Tammy Hajjar Miller
- Generating Multiple Streams of Income | Marki Lemons Ryhal
- The Balancing Act – A Conversation with Female Broker Owners | Marci Sepulveda, Sanina Ellison, Erika Villegas, Staci Slattery
- 2019: Full Event Recap
- Produce Like a Pro | Jill Frank
- #LadyBoss | Tammy Hajjar Miller, Katie Johnson, Michelle Mills Clement & Heather Ozur
- Your Guide to 2020 Emerging Technology Trends | Constance Freedman
- Women in Tech: The Data Trends You Need to Know | Rebecca Jensen, Dr. Jessica Lautz & Rebecca Thomson
- The Power of Emotional Intelligence | Sue Yannaccone
- ReMarkiTable Content for Women: How to Value Your Time and Content | Marki Lemons Ryhal
- Finding Your Voice | Amy Duong Kim, Mabél Guzmán, Megan Oswald & Erika Villegas
- Cannabis Education: What You Need to Know for Next Year | Holly DuPart
- In Conversation with Luvvie Ajayi | Marki Lemons Ryhal
Statistics on Women Homeowners
More single women are becoming heads of households. Find out what that means for women homebuyers and what they’re looking for during their search.
Additionally, Freddie Mac released its Single Women Heads of Household survey results, which states:
- Nearly 60% of single women renters surveyed indicate they feel homeownership is out of reach indefinitely.
- About two in five single women are renters. Black and Hispanic single women face more challenges than White single women– particularly if they are renting.
- Events over the past two years, such as the pandemic, have disrupted wealth building among single women.
- Given all the challenges, many see homeownership as out of reach and the past two years may impact their long-term ability to achieve that dream.
- Single women renters experience many standard obstacles to owning a home, and some are simply counting themselves out of becoming homeowners altogether. Here are what they reported as the biggest hurdles:
- 82% don’t have enough money for a down payment and closing costs
- 75% believe their mortgage would be higher than rent
- 74% don’t earn enough for mortgage payments
- 56% don’t have an established credit history
- 63% don’t know how to start the process
- 55% don’t know someone to help with the process
- 21% can’t find forms available in their native language
Check out additional information and stats here:
- More Women Have Become Homeowners and Heads of Household. Could the Pandemic Undo That Progress? from the Urban Institute
- Women Home Buyers from NAR
- 2021 NAR Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers
The History of Women in Real Estate
The first woman to join the National Association of REALTORS® was Seattle broker Corrine Simpson, who became a member in 1910.
However, one of the primary requirements for national membership was to be a member of a local real estate board. Many local boards, particularly older, well-established boards and those in major cities, explicitly banned women from membership in their bylaws, which effectively prevented them from becoming members of NAR. Newly established boards, including those in suburbs and rural areas, often didn’t have such restrictions.
So, in the 1920s, Cora Wright, one of the founders of the Women’s Council of REALTORS® (WCR), was denied membership to the Chicago Real Estate Board because of her gender. She instead joined the smaller Oak Park Real Estate Board and thus became a member of NAR. Most of the local boards dropped the gender restriction by the early 1950s.
In 1954, the Chicago Real Estate Board (CREB), which would become the Chicago Association of REALTORS®, welcomed their first female member, Patricia “Pat” Fox.
Meet Our Women Leaders
The Marki Lemons Ryhal Education Advancement Scholarship supports candidates who are seeking to obtain their real estate license OR attend a Historically Black College and University (HBCU). This fund is applicable only to African American women whose primary residence is in underserved communities within the Chicagoland area.
Next Scholarship Deadline: April 15
The Women’s Council of REALTORS® is a network of successful REALTORS® who are advancing women as business leaders in the industry and in our communities. The Chicago chapter is also one of our industry partners! Visit their site to find out what they’re doing and how you can get involved!