9 Things I’ve Experienced As A Young Female In Advertising
So, don’t get me wrong. Advertising’s come a long way since the Mad Men days. And with awesome initiatives like the 3% Conference, it’s getting better fast.
But as a female creative in the industry who’s only been out of college for 10 months, I can assure you that we’ve still got a ways to go.
Who knows, maybe I’ve just had bad luck. But here are a few things I’ve experienced:
- Getting screwed over.
I’ve been stepped on a bit. I’ve had ideas stolen from me. And I’ve done work without ever getting paid. “The check’s in the mail” only works for so long, and nobody likes uncomfortable confrontation, of course.
- Getting described as “moody” and “defensive.”
Especially when my male coworkers who say the same thing are applauded for defending their work. How am I supposed to respond when called defensive without sounding defensive?
- Getting called “little” and “cute.”
I don’t want to be little and cute. I want to be talented and creative.
- “Sorry, we were actually looking for an all-male team.”
- Being described as a daughter figure by my higher-up.
Why can’t I just be your coworker?
- Worrying about my future because I know I want kids.
I may be young, but it’s something I think about. It’s something I’ve seen my coworker moms struggle with, too. I want both a career, and a family. And when asked what’s in my 10-year plan, I don’t want to be afraid to say that.
- The wage gap. Yes, seriously.
I’ve had internships where my male counterparts were paid more.
- Being talked over. Constantly.
I may be a girl, but I can speak, present and even answer questions, all by myself. You should let me try it sometime.
- The disappointing realization of every one of these things.
And the positive realization that I can be a part of changing it.