Against Michael Noer's Neanderthal Opinions on Forbes.com

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I have three women executives who are out on maternity leave, and a fourth who is ready to give birth at any moment. That is a lot in a small agency. But the reason I bring this up is that I recently read an article on Forbes.com by Michael
Marc Brownstein
Marc Brownstein
Noer ("Don't Marry a Career Woman"), and I was amazed at the Neanderthal approach he took. In the article, the author encourages men to marry stay-at-home moms, since they are more loyal to their man, less inclined to cheat, and are less likely to get divorced, among other things.

It's been my experience that women who work with us have great marriages, are able to balance work and home life, and are significant wage earners. So far, their career strides haven't affected their marriages. Now, no one ever knows what goes on behind closed doors, but I've observed plenty of women executives in the halls of Brownstein Group over the years, successfully juggling the dynamics of their lives. At our agency, we celebrate motherhood by throwing surprise baby showers.
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Imagine if agencies couldn't attract and keep women executives who are married and have children.
Stop what we're doing when our female colleagues bring in their newborns. Provide flexible maternity leave policies. And we have flexible hours for women who need it. More than that, we encourage the strong balance of work and family. And any time we see it getting out of balance, we address it quickly. Happy wives/mothers make happy marketing executives.

What really startles me is thinking what our agencies would be like if we couldn't attract and keep women executives who are married and have children. Walk through the halls of any agency today -- it's not the boys' club that used to exist in the 60's at (my alma mater) Ogilvy & Mather. Agencies today are staffed with mostly women. In fact, my public relations division recently hired a guy, and people celebrated, because we needed the diversity. Imagine that.
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