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I have to ask if you think our NY JFK TSA is any better. I have traveled to London frequently in the past and have never had an experience like yours. In NY though, it's pretty much every time.
Oh one final thought - the article also says "Considering the lopsided number of women in PR, the industry is one of the starkest reminders of the inequality in pay." I'd say that's a sad commentary if you think about other industries like finance, banking etc - other industries that have many many more men in these fields.
Toggle Commented Mar 3, 2011 on PR girls gone wild at RepMan
To follow up - a recent study shows that men in PR make up to 30k more than women in PR. Why don't we start with closing THAT gap before worrying about boys in school now. We are years - if not decades - before any threat of men being overcome in the PR industry. The study says: Despite women's overwhelming presence in the industry, 80 percent of upper management in PR is male, according to In late 2007, PRSA performed its most recent study on the issue. The study found that men reported average annual salaries of $93,494, while on average women reported salaries of $66,467. Just curious - how is Peppercom faring as far as its leadership and promotion of women? Fair pay? Just curious.....I'd be excited if your company has 50% women in leadership roles...
Toggle Commented Mar 3, 2011 on PR girls gone wild at RepMan
I seriously hope you are joking here. Is this some kind of satire or are you serious? In the extremely myopic case that this is something you are legitimately concerned about, let's look at the numbers of women in PR - their pay and their titles. To this day, women still comprise a large part of the lower end roles, with the more senior (high paying) ones still dominated by men. With all the gender inequity that women still face today, THIS is what you are worried about? I am sure that all Gen Y'ers to a degree are influenced by the garbage on TV these days including the programs you cite above - and that is unfortunate. But rest assured, most of those 'fluffy' jobs are held by trust fund offspring who don't really need to work -because those 'fluffy' jobs typically pay very very little. There are, believe it or not, many women in the world who are serious about their careers in communications (and actually need to work to pay their bills because their parents aren't paying for it). Too often those women run up against a wall of discrimination that still exists in PR today. The discrimination women in PR face today is still real and alive - especially as women advance in their careers after the first 7 years or so. It gets worse when they get married and have kids. I have a deal for you. Maybe cultivating the women currently in PR who are actually good at their jobs - promoting them and investing in them as tomorrow's leaders. Maybe that would provide a good example for women who are currently in college and hoping for an 'easy' job in PR. That could help weed out the girls merely looking for the fluffy jobs portrayed on MTV. As a final note, did you ever stop to think that maybe women are being pushed into PR in universities instead of getting put into education tracks that lead to higher pay (like finance, math, science related jobs)? At NYU, PR is the major you take 'when you don't know what else to do with your life.' It might come as no shock that PR (along with HR) are two of the lowest paid, least credible careers in the professional world. Also let's not forget that just a few years ago, a certain Harvard Administrator Larry Summers boldly announced that women inherently lack the genetic make up to excel in math/science. Why don't we focus first on the inequities that women in today's workforce suffer before ensuring that today's middle age men have enough young guys around the office to be able to make their offensive jokes and still get away with them.
Toggle Commented Mar 1, 2011 on PR girls gone wild at RepMan
Some folks do bring bad attitudes and they should take responsibility for that. That said, some bad attitudes are cultivated from the corporate cultures they are operating in. If you create a culture of inequity or hostility, you will breed that. Corporate karma - you will attract what you perhaps put good energy out there and it will come back to you.
Toggle Commented Feb 16, 2011 on It's the 'tude, dude at RepMan
Actually Julie and Rep Man, I think that the "British accent" is accepted predominantly by Americans who don't travel much, or even own passports. If you spend any length of time in the UK or with British people, you'd find a different perspective. It is the same way any American wouldn't want to be called Canadian JUST BECAUSE we are both part of North America. Since likely you don't get to the UK much, I've included a simple tutorial for you.
FYI I neglected to mention that Great Britain is only England, Scotland and Wales. So it's those accents - Ireland and Northern Ireland are are separate. But many Americans, especially those who don't travel much, often confuse them all.
There is really no such thing as a British accent. English, Scottish, Welsh, Irish are all distinct. Perhaps you meant to write English accent but you wrote British. It is kind of like mistaking NJ for NY accent but more pronounced. Just ask any Brit!
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