The province of Quebec has a reputation for having a tough time attracting female advertising executives.
It was even the subject of a series of ads in The New York Times in 2015.
But that was only part of the problem.
In 2017, Quebec also saw its first major advertising failure.
That’s when a group of female ad professionals and managers from the advertising and PR industry decided to quit their jobs to become independent contractors, rather than be employed by the province.
In fact, they decided to do that by creating their own brand of ad-free work.
It didn’t take long for the women to have their first successful advertising campaign.
In 2018, the independent contractors launched the #FreeBarry hashtag, which was quickly picked up by a number of prominent advertisers.
It soon spread across social media, and was one of the top trending topics on Twitter.
The campaign was also a big success for #FreeMe, a campaign that helped raise money for a man who’d been arrested in 2014 for assaulting a woman.
The ad campaign was a great success for all the women who made it.
However, it wasn’t without its detractors.
Many Quebecers felt the ads were an attempt to undermine the province’s position in the international media.
The #FreeBill campaign was seen by some as a response to the #freeBarry campaign.
It went viral in a very negative way, and it was viewed as being a direct attack on the province and its women.
A few months after the campaign’s launch, the #BarryCancel campaign launched on Twitter, where women in Quebec were also using the hashtag to voice their support for the embattled politician.
The hashtag #FreeBernieSanders was trending worldwide, and even became the second-most popular trending topic on Twitter after #FreeOmarosa, which helped to expose the sexual misconduct allegations against former President Donald Trump.
The negative press over the #BernieSanders hashtag has only increased since then.
Some women who have worked in the province have expressed that the negative coverage has hurt their professional career and even caused them to lose their jobs.
The lack of support for women in the media has also affected their personal lives as well.
In May 2018, a group representing a number topless models who work for the Montreal-based advertising agency Avanti was forced to resign after they said they were forced to go on maternity leave.
In a letter, the model-actress’ agent said she was forced out of her contract after refusing to be paid for the months she worked without being paid.
“The [agencies] [said] they wanted to have a discussion about the new employment structure and whether or not [we] should stay in the agency,” she wrote.
“We didn’t have any say in the matter and they didn’t want to negotiate with us.
We didn’t get paid for anything.”
While it’s not surprising that Quebecers feel left behind by the media, there’s a growing trend of women leaving the industry in the United States.
A survey by the Public Religion Research Institute found that the number of women working in the U.S. advertising and public relations industry has fallen from an all-time high of about 40% in the early 1990s to about 25% today.
It’s also unclear if that drop in representation is due to more women choosing to quit the industry or to more men choosing to leave it.
In addition, women are often asked to take on more of a financial role in their work.
In some industries, that financial burden can mean having to do more unpaid work, which has led to increased pay disparities and other issues.
While the Canadian government has made strides in reducing discrimination against women in Canada, the fact remains that the country’s female representation in advertising and marketing still lags behind other developed countries.
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