It’s 2020, but women designers still face lower pay and less opportunity. What gives?

Illustrations: Olivia Brown

Equal pay. Equal representation. Equal opportunity. If you think these are givens of the professional design world — think again. In some ways, design in 2020 is still in the dark ages. We spoke with top female creative directors to find out just how dark it is.

Fifty-three percent of all graphic designers are women, but only 11% of creative directors are women. We know what you’re thinking: That’s it? 11%? You’re joking. But it’s true. It’s perfectly plausible that a female graphic designer might never work under a female creative director.

Olivia Brown

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