No Women? No Good.

Lu Chekowsky, writing for the Huffington Post, mentions that Creativity magazine is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Their anniversary issue includes a retrospective on the most important advertising figures of the last 20 years.

Apparently, Creativity couldn’t find one woman who merited being pictured in a list lauding the “Most Influential Creative Minds of the Last 20 Years.” I let that sink in. And then I got mad. And then outraged. And then just plain sad.

I have yet to view the issue, but if Janet Champ, Charlotte Moore and Sally Hogshead aren’t on the list, one might rightly question if the list is complete, as Chekowsky has done.
Please feel free to use our comments section to help populate this nascent list of influential ad women.

About David Burn

Co-founder and editor of AdPulp. I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. I worked for seven agencies in five states before launching my own practice in 2009. Today, I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.


  1. That would be useless like ahhh… bullsti*
    old Europa, the only concrete example i could come up with. I borrowed it from the greeks or somethink.

  2. I wasn’t shocked but was disheartened at the lack of women also. In fact the blatant absence of all minorities left me feeling pretty down. Being a minority working in this industry and seeing that top 20 list can both motivate and sicken a person.

  3. Helayne Spivak should probably be on the list, if not for her creative (although she was damn good in her time), then for her rise in the management ranks. I wholeheartedly agree about Janet, Charlotte and Sally. I’d also add Kara Goodrich. Knowing “Creativity” mag, I’m just surprised the entire roster wasn’t made up of Crispin folks.