Your piece last week (Comment, DW 13 December) has certainly created some debate here at Together.
Either women aren’t at the top in design because they don’t want to be (unlikely) or they encounter barriers that their male counterparts do not. Alternatively, they are there but don’t shout about it.
Perhaps they are lured into more client-facing positions? Into less visible freelance work that provides more flexibility? Or are they losing out in the fight for promotion?
Maybe all of these, but the historical image of graphic design as a male domain has exacerbated the problem. There has long been a stereotype of the male design guru, less ‘lad’ than ‘master’. But, surely a new generation of female designers is poised to make their mark.
Are we not reaching an exciting tipping point with the arrival of an ever greater number of female design heroes and spokespeople? We’re optimistic.
Emily Penny, Brand planner, Together Design, Great Titchfield Street, London W1