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How do you deal with being asked to join a pitch for new client because you’re a woman and it’s “good for optics”? Like, thanks for not letting me think it was for my talent?

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Happens every pitch I'm on. I openly make jokes about my middle name being 'token'. As fucked up as it is I make the most of it, kick ass and prove that I not only deserve to be there but deserve to be in every big meeting. They give me an inch and I'll take that mile, and the rest.

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"They give me an inch, and I take a mile". Love that, really resonates with me!

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Happened to me on the last pitch even if it wasn’t as explicit. Personally, I openly dropped the remark in a meeting where also my superior was present (luckily a woman) so she would realise how “castings” still happen at the agency and to show the boys club that I knew what they were doing and wasn’t afraid to call it out. Apart from that - do it for yourself and see what you can learn from it and having an opportunity to show off your skills.

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Wait, they actually said that outloud?

Yeah. Out loud on a zoom call. I shoulda recorded it

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Happens to me all the time, including invites like this from female leadership. I’m always so confused that this is communicated, because my work is also chosen (so it’s not only for optics.)

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