Within my circle of professional women friends I recently learned that three of my friends are expecting children for the first time. Outwardly, I expressed joy and excitement when I learned about their new family addition. I told them about the wonderment of motherhood and made pleasantries with them about what they can expect throughout their pregnancy. But internally, I was anxious about what the future holds for these women now that they would soon be entering the thorny world of “work-life balance”.
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TV’s Portrayal of Women in PR is Detrimental to Our Progress
As a self-proclaimed television addict I pride myself on staying abreast of pop culture and being in the know about everything television-related. Because I consume massive amounts of television programming I’ve noticed that television series and reality television shows like “Running in Heels,” “The PowerGirls,” “The Hills” or “Spindustry” reinforce the notion that public relations means working as a publicist within glamorous industries such as fashion or entertainment. What’s worse is that these shows also portray women who work in public relations as either blonde, young, white women who spend a great deal of time serving celebrities’ every whim, or as loud-mouthed, hard-nosed, aggressive man-eaters who will do whatever it takes to prove that they are in charge (think Samantha Jones in “Sex and the City,” Shauna Roberts in “Entourage” or Kelly Coutrone in “Kell on Earth”).
With all of the progress made on behalf of women’s rights in 2009, one would think that we could finally receive an equitable salary.