‘Mad Women: The Other Side of Life on Madison Avenue in the ’60s and Beyond’ by Jane Maas

'Mad Women: The Other Side of Life on Madison Avenue in the '60s and Beyond' by Jane Maas

‘Get the money before they screw you, darling.’ {Shirley Polykoff}

'Mad Women: The Other Side of Life on Madison Avenue in the '60s and Beyond' by Jane Maas
The author – Jane Maas – and her husband, Michael.

Confession: I hate ‘Mad Men’. As I sit and watch, I inevitably find my blood pressure rising and within 10 minutes of an episode I am screaming and throwing food things at the screen. I just can’t watch it. I can’t watch men treating women as inferior, stupid beings; and although I am fully aware that this is in fact truth and, thank goodness, not the way the business world behaves in general now – most of the time, I still cannot sit and be amused by this type of behavior.

Sure, the fashions are lovely. Sure, the women look divine. Sure, the men look fabulous in their ties and hats. But really, I need more than fluff – I need substance. That is why this account by Jane Maas was so refreshing for me. She filled in the gapping holes left by ‘Mad Men’ and shared with us – the females reaping the benefits of the Maas generation – the real story of the ’60s working woman … at least from her perspective.

‘Some women can drink some men under the table, but a man under the table can still be dangerous.’ {Jo Foxworth}

I found Jane’s insights to be witty and informative. She not only spoke of her experiences, but gathered insights from other successful men and women of the time – and together an honest, well-rounded account was presented. Jane left no topic untouched – discussing sex, alcoholism, adultery, sexual harassment, mother’s guilt, the creative revolution, New York in the ’60s, fashion, and she even called-out bad clients.

I am grateful to women like Jane Maas who worked hard and strived – paving the way for women like me to have a chance and hopefully thrive in the business world. I really enjoyed reading her tale – even if I think it went on just one or two chapters too long – overall it was a very enjoyable and educational read. I wish this book had been around back when I was in college, it would have given me some background, history, and preparation for my future.

Salon Summary

RECOMMENDABILITY: 4 {out of 5} stars  |  ★★★★☆
REPETITIVE READABILITY: 1 {out of 5} stars  |  ★☆☆☆☆
RATING: 3 {out of 5} stars  |  ★★★☆☆

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