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Posts Tagged ‘sexism’

Goldman Sachs Brings Sexist Back at Women’s Coding Event

GS codingLast week, Harvard University (please say that with your nose in the air) held a conference for some pretty smart women of the world — Women Engineer Code. At said WECode event, Goldman Sachs stepped in for the key sponsorship.

Its savvy idea for swag would be a compact mirror and nail files. Keep it classy, GS.

According to the story in the New York TimesGoldman Sachs also provided these blossoming 13-year-old girls (I guess by the nature of the gift), T-shirts and key chains to hold earbuds. The event’s organizers “encouraged Goldman Sachs to bring goodies that would appeal to a female audience.”

And that was the selection. What misogynistic dinosaur made that decision?

“We are strong supporters of efforts to recruit and retain women in technology. We apologize if the gifts gave anyone offense,” a Goldman Sachs spokeswoman said in a statement to the Times.

Keep telling yourselves that, GS.

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GM Releases More CEO Pay Details to Counter Gender Discrimination Charge

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Today in This Had to Happen news, General Motors has responded to a flurry of stories reporting that its new CEO Mary Barra (the first woman to hold that position) would earn “48%” as much as the company’s previous chief by releasing more details of her compensation package two months early.

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PR Fail: Business Insider CTO Pushed Out Over Horrible Tweets

Apparently so—and “all opinions my own” statements on Twitter accounts aren’t quite enough when said opinions are as noxious as those of Pax Dickinson, just outed as Business Insider‘s resident bro-troll and forced out of his position as the site’s CTO. Here’s one of his amazing insights (keep in mind that this dude was C-level).

Last night’s Valleywag post highlighting Pax’s greatest hits appears to have led directly to his dismissal, which leaves us wondering how he managed to hang on so long in the first place. Did none of his bosses notice NSFW classics like this one, which must be seen to be believed? Somebody knew what was going on.

Is it? Not like he’s not proud of himself:

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Ford Apologizes for Kidnapping the Kardashians in Ad Spot

A note to PR/marketing folks planning to build campaigns around C-list celebrities: just because the public hates them doesn’t mean we won’t get offended on their behalf. Despite the fact that recent polling found the Kardashian family to be slightly less popular than the U.S. Congress (which boasts as dismal 9% approval rating), the Ford Motor Company still had to apologize this week for a couple of very weird overseas print ad spots, one of which depicted Kim and her sisters in a…compromising situation in the back of the brand-new compact Ford Figo driven by one Paris Hilton (ugh).

The strangest thing about this story is probably the fact that the spot, created by Ford’s Indian ad agency WPP, was never meant to be seen by the (Indian) public.

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Is the ‘PR Bunny’ Myth a Real Thing?

Dear Professional PR Women,

Take a minute to check out this great Flack Me blog post lamenting what author Kimberly Shrack calls “The ‘PR Bunny’ Myth” and let us know: Do gender stereotypes pervade the PR industry? If so, how often do you experience them in your professional lives? Do people draw unflattering conclusions as soon as they hear that you work in public relations? How do you deal with offensive generalizations drawn from stock characters in movies and TV shows? We’d love some feedback.

(In frankly unrelated news: Arrested Development never gets old, does it?)

Helen Gurley Brown, Longtime ‘Cosmo’ Editor, Dead at 90

Ad Age reports that Helen Gurley Brown, who spent more than thirty years as editor of Cosm0poltian after publishing her revolutionary 1962 book Sex and the Single Girl, passed away Monday at the age of 90. She was a true trailblazer in the publishing industry: Under her leadership, Cosmo became a beacon of the sexual revolution and challenged many of the day’s sexist notions, chief among them the widely held beliefs that women need marriage to find fulfillment and that sex should only occur within that august institution. Cosmo grew to be a bible of sorts for independent, fashion-conscious, liberated women–or “Cosmo girls” as Ms. Gurley Brown called them. “Good girls go to heaven,” she often said, “but bad girls go everywhere.”

Even after Bonnie Fuller took over as editor in chief of Cosmo in 1997, Ms. Gurley Brown spent many years overseeing the magazine’s international editions, a position that allowed her to offer her advice to Cosmo-affiliated editors all over the world. In a typically irreverent 2000 interview with Dow Jones Newswires, she noted that these editors were not required to take her advice, but they usually did “because it works.” Who would argue?

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