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Why marketers finally joined the female empowerment movement

By Christa Avampato on Sep 23, 2014

It only took decades of the women’s movement for brands to hop on the female empowerment bandwagon. Yes, it’s disheartening that the word “feminism” has become akin to a curse word in our world today. Still, it’s refreshing to see companies promote strong and confident women across the advertising landscape. Better late than never, marketers. Under Armour, Always, Athleta, Verizon and Pantene are household names that have launched major advertising initiatives featuring empowered women in recent months. There’s a lot of speculation around why they’ve had this sudden change of heart. Some argue that more women are in executive level roles at these companies. Others point to the idea that women make the vast majority of purchase decisions. Still others believe that social media pressures mar

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