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“Good Ideas Have No Genitals”

August 14, 2009

That’s what she said.

Ad Age had its Women to Watch event the other day. Click here to read all about it on Ad Age.com.  Tiffany Kosel, VP-Creative Director at Crispin Porter & Bogusky, got off the great line “good ideas have no genitals” and participated in a roundtable discussion:

 “But for real actionable advice to share, Crispin’s Ms. Kosel turned to Twitter. “I was getting messages from guys like, ‘Women aren’t funny,’ ‘We have babies so we can’t prioritize,’ ‘Women aren’t driven in the workplace,'” she said, comparing the ad industry until recently to an episode of “Mad Men,” a show incidentally written mostly by females. “The field is wide open now for women creatives, but there’s a fine line to walk. You have to walk this tightrope while still being seen as feminine and aggressive. Women don’t need to be like men, we just need to be confident and strong. Ultimately, all it comes down to is the ideas.”

There’s been a lot of talk about women in the business with Mad Men starting again on Sunday. I can’t wait to see the show because it’s really good TV that makes you think. And I can’t wait to see how the ad industry inner work unfolds in response to it.

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  1. August 14, 2009 1:59 pm

    Love that quote, hate that we’re still having to walk any kind of tightrope in the office. Guess we’re all still like Ginger Rogers — doing everything Fred did, only backwards and in heels. Or Birkenstocks, which are actually more treacherous than heels in reverse.

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