[Editor’s Note: With the arrival of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, we focus on two of the many female PR pros who’ve made history inside and outside PR.]
In 1950, Muriel Fox opened a newspaper to the classifieds section. Job ads for professionals sought men only. Two years earlier, Fox graduated from Barnard College. Since then she’d had PR jobs from NY to Miami.
Regardless, her application for a writing job at Carl Byoir & Associates—the largest agency in the world at the time—was rejected. The firm didn’t “hire women writers,” a male EVP told her.
In the early 1950s PR was a booming profession as communication and technologies continued to advance. But not necessarily for women. Men dominated the industry and always were in charge.
Following the Byoir rejection, Muriel waited until the end of the year to reapply, this time successfully coming onboard in the radio/TV department, as a publicist. By 1952, she was in charge of the department.
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