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Mixing It Up

They may not have the numbers yet, but women are making waves in the traditionally all-boy world of franchising.

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This story appears in the November 2001 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Is a woman's place in franchising? It didn't seem that way in years past. The disproportionate lack of women in franchising was apparent everywhere from franchisors' executive offices to franchisee-owned locations.

Even Dina Dwyer-Owens, CEO and president of The Dwyer Group, wasn't immune to the problem. When she was appointed acting CEO, some franchisees campaigned against her, because they didn't think a woman should be in charge of a corporation focused on such traditional male occupations as plumbing and electrical work.

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