Mad Men and sexism – the boobs have it

Sexism is one of the issues of the moment, in adland and elsewhere, with l’affaire Martinez in New York and various surveys and the like showing that women still don’t get their fair share of top jobs (although Martinez’ successor as head of JWT is Tamara Ingram).

Even though it’s now finished, Mad Men still provides a reference point for advertising (WPP boss Sir Martin Sorrell referenced it when he announced WPP’s latest results). Sexism obviously played a role then, illustrated here by a (mostly) male meeting dividing American women in two categories – defined by their Playtex-clad boobs.

But, of course, we’ve moved on since then.

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