We just can’t shake off Mad Men (Editor’s notes)

Gender inequality still an issue for modern workplaces
By Todd Humber
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/04/2010

While editing Jeffrey R. Smith’s article #8284, which looks at a woman’s fascinating 19-year battle for pay equity, I couldn’t help but think of a recent episode of Mad Men.

The AMC series, which has been an Emmy Award magnet since it first aired, gives us a taste of what the working world was like in the 1960s through the eyes of a Madison Avenue advertising agency. I’m told by those in the know the show is a pretty accurate snapshot of typical office behaviour from nearly a half-century ago.

On Sunday nights while watching the show, I often marvel at how far we’ve come in the workplace. But then I read articles like #8284 and have second thoughts.