According the Wall Street Journal the number of minorities across the industry and women in creative are bad. Really bad.
African-Americans (11.7% of the U.S. workforce) make up just 5.3% of those working in advertising and PR.
Hispanics (16.4% of the U.S. workforce) have only a 11.7% employment rate in advertising and PR.
Women in creative? My research using industry data from Red Books shows women make up 27.7% of all creatives in the U.S. and there are just 25.2% women in creative management.
In a survey of 328 women by the 3% Conference, 23% of the women working in advertising reported having personally experienced or witnessed sexual harassment.
The WJS article quotes Susan Credle, global chief creative officer at FCB, “The numbers show it; we have a real problem.”
So the lawsuit filed, last week, against a male chief executive at J. Walter Thompson for alleged discrimination against a female subordinate should not surprise any of us. Yet, it still does.
Wake up Ad Land.