For a long time, the casino industry has been synonymous with tuxedo-clad men, and a certain machismo energy has prevailed. But don’t let the old James Bond movies fool you. The scene is changing, and the sultry female co-star is now our new protagonist.
Women are now a powerful force, breaking down barriers and shattering the glass ceiling in the gaming world. The policy at National Casino is no different. People from all walks of life are welcome to play, lead, and thrive behind their doors.
Climbing the Corporate Ladder
It wasn’t that long ago when the higher-ups in most businesses were largely male. Women usually found themselves in roles like cocktail waitresses or front-desk clerks. Luckily, they occupy a range of positions of power nowadays. Floor managers all the way to the top of the chain.
Take the example of Virginia McDowell, who served as the President and CEO of Isle of Capri Casinos. She was the first woman to ever hold such a position in a major gaming company. In 2022, AGA’s (American Gaming Association) Gaming Hall of Fame Class admitted three members, McDowell being among them.
Skill Over Gender
The new generation of women in the field is not to meet a mere quota. They are employing highly skilled professionals. There are many positions that welcome this diversification. Game design, security, marketing, and management for example. The wave of change is making companies re-evaluate their hiring policies. There is a shift in more emphasis on skill and less on traditional roles.
While individual achievements are monumental, policy change is crucial. Countries like the UK have begun implementing laws that demand companies to disclose their gender pay gaps.
This transparency is putting pressure on companies to level out the imbalance. And it’s working—more opportunities are opening up.
The Power of Networking
Networking and mentorship programs can be very beneficial for those starting out. Organizations like Global Gaming Women provide a platform where they can connect, learn from each other, and gain exposure. Their ‘Lean In’ circles offer an excellent opportunity to discuss their challenges and share strategies for success.
Changing the Game
When it comes to the art itself, women are showing they are just as savvy—if not more—than their male counterparts. Professional poker players like Vanessa Selbst and Annie Duke have made headlines by taking home substantial winnings, debunking the myth that the gaming tables are a male domain.
Tackling Harassment Head-On
One of the darker aspects that often goes hand-in-hand with a male-dominated industry is harassment and discrimination. Female staff in the gaming sector are changing the culture.
Initiatives on educating employees about workplace boundaries as well as stricter enforcement of anti-discrimination laws are more common. Companies are realizing that a diverse and respectful work environment is a necessity for job satisfaction and productivity, regardless of one’s gender.
Closing the Deal
As the realm undergoes this transformation led by remarkable female figures, it’s clear that their impact is multi-faceted.
The most enduring legacy will be the path these pioneers are paving for future generations. Through mentorship, education, and simply being visible role models, they set the stage for a more equitable future in the field.