Excerpts from 'Mad Women'
On sexual harassment: "The term 'sexual harassment' hadn't been invented yet, or certainly wasn't in our vocabularies. Most women then working in advertising were either secretaries or copywriters, and 99 percent of us had male bosses. The boss w...
On sexual harassment:
"The term 'sexual harassment' hadn't been invented yet, or certainly wasn't in our vocabularies. Most women then working in advertising were either secretaries or copywriters, and
99 percent of us had male bosses. The boss was in control of your salary, your raise, your career advancement ... your life. If he wanted to go to bed with you, you had to ask yourself what mattered more: your self-respect or your career."
"It was socially acceptable for men, single or married, to have affairs. It was even okay, in that freewheeling era, for a woman, even a married woman, to have an affair as long as it was considered serious. But openly promiscuous women were punished in one way or another."
On breaking into a man's world:
"Maybe the women who entered the advertising world of the sixties really were mad. We were probably crazy to think we could break into such a male-dominated world, where the only sure way for a woman to become a copywriter was to start as a secretary and write ads on a speculative basis nights and weekends, for free."
On unequal treatment:
"Ask any woman who worked at an advertising agency in the 'Mad Men' era. Of course we didn't make the same salary as a man with the same title, even if we knew we were doing a better job. We didn't even have equal space -- the guys got offices with windows; we got cubicles. The problem was we simply submitted to the situation. Women's lib had not yet flowered, and our consciousnesses had definitely not been raised."