Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Must not say that women lack ambition

An executive chairman of advertising agency Saatchi and Saatchi has been suspended from the firm after accusing women of lacking 'ambition'.

Kevin Roberts has been criticised after he said he did not believe that the lack of women in senior roles was a problem because they were 'happy' as they were.

Roberts, who is also head coach at the advertising agency's parent company Publicis Groupe, said that he did not spend 'any time' on the issue and the debate was 'all over'.

He said: 'So we are trying to impose our antiquated s*** on them, and they are going: 'Actually guys, you're missing the point, you don't understand: I'm way happier than you.'

He has since been placed on leave by Publicis Groupe for the comments and the firm have been forced to send out a letter to all staff re-affirming their policy on gender inclusion.

Mr Roberts' comments, in the interview with Business Insider, come as figures show that women make up 47 per cent of the advertising agency but strangely just 11 per cent of the industry creative directors are female.



Anonymous said...

Women in relationships almost always subjugate their career to the relationship. That is why many women do not make as much as men in similar positions because they have taken a job that they did not want or was the only one available. Those who do take the lead in the relationship do remarkably well but they are a smaller minority. So the unhappy women in jobs they do not want or are not suited for complain about inequality rather than their own poor choices.


Anonymous said...

Time to divide women into two camps. Those that have ambition and those that don't. There is no place for tokenism or gender discrimination. It should only be those that are the best for the job actually getting the job regardless of their gender or sexual orientation. All senior positions be it in private companies, public companies or the government should be based on merit rather that race, gender, religion or sexual identification. Have not the thinking class learned from Obama's pathetic attempt to be a real president?

Bird of Paradise said...

Many women to have ambition why else did they come out with the 19th Amendment in 1920