Maddie Samuels is a woman of – and ahead of – her time. She knows she doesn’t belong in the kitchen, and she refuses to become trapped in a secretarial pool. In mid-sixties New York City, she’s not only determined to succeed in a man’s world, but to prove her work is as good – or better – than any man’s.
With “free love” redefining relationships with head-spinning rapidity, Maddie learns how to push the accepted boundaries of established old-boy networks while refusing to accept the all-too-pervasive harassment by men in power. And yet as a woman in love, she discovers that beliefs and actions are often very different things – especially when it comes to a man like the seductive and charismatic Rob MacLeod.
Set in the era of Mad Men, I LOVE YOU TODAY is passionate, sexy, liberating and deeply moving. With a story as relevant today as it was then, this is a novel that readers will take to their hearts and their souls.
Life in a “Mad Men” World
by Marcia Gloster
Since writing I Love You Today, I have often been asked what was it like to work during the 1960s, when gender discrimination was rampant, and if I think the workplace is different now.
In those days, we didn’t view the way women were treated as discrimination. The word wasn’t necessarily part of my vocabulary, at least insofar as my daily life was concerned. Discrimination referred to the profound racial issues of the South. It didn’t relate to my experiences as young woman interviewing at New York City ad agencies. My phrase was, “it’s just the way it is.”
Although I was warned when I graduated from college that I would likely have difficulty getting a job in an art department, it didn’t really register until the day I was told I wouldn’t be hired at a large Madison Avenue agency because “the boys in the bullpen” would feel too self-conscious to swear in front of a girl and therefore their work might suffer. Without thinking, I said, “I can swear… want to hear me?” I immediately cringed, wishing I could take it back, but years later I gave myself a pat on the back.
There were offices where I worked where harassment was subtler. Nothing overt was said to our faces, there were just snappy comments made behind out backs. No one touched us—at least not me.
At some point I realized men’s attitudes weren’t much different outside of the office. The young men who picked me up for dates in the suburbs, who had to greet my parents and shake hands with my stepfather, were far more respectful than those in the city who knew me as an independent working girl living alone in an apartment. The concept of “free love” was new and exciting, and many men expected I would jump into bed with them after a dinner out, a movie, or even a couple of drinks. There may have been a sense of expectation as the guys who asked me out always paid, with no discussion. Again, it’s just the way it was.
In the late ’70s, I founded and ran, together with a female business partner, a successful boutique advertising agency. Many years later, we merged with a larger agency that had an all-male hierarchy. It quickly became clear that we had been brought in as token female creative executives. I was invited to many meetings for which I was neither prepped, nor had any reason to attend—except for the fact that I was female. The men stuck together and we were generally ignored, unless needed for display or a photo shoot that no one else wanted to handle. By this time (it was the 1990s) sexual harassment was illegal, but traditional att
itudes still prevailed. One older copywriter, who frequently stopped by my office, used to say in a seductive voice, “You’re harassing me just by being here.”
I was treated with more respect as I gained experience and seniority. Some of my male bosses were very supportive and treated me equally—in importance, if not in salary. Still, there was often an insinuation of seduction in meetings with male clients, who could be flirtatious, inappropriate or rude.
As I was completing I Love You Today, gender discrimination and sexual harassment in advertising and the media, exploded into front-page news. One New York Times article was titled, “For Women in Advertising, It’s Still a ‘Mad Men’ World.” It was as if little had changed in 50 years. Maddie’s experiences in the 1960s were being echoed in the headlines and I Love You Today suddenly had a new relevance.
Reviewers Are Loving I Love You Today!:
“Love, sex, lies, and advertising in the era of Mad Men. Compelling and provocative.” – James Wiatt, former Chairman and CEO, William Morris Agency
“A romp through the Mad Men era, told from a woman’s point of view.” – Pamela Fiori, author and former editor-in-chief, Town & Country
“Marcia Gloster paints an intimate portrait of life in 1960s Manhattan… Readers looking for a peek into the magazine publishing and advertising world of that era will be intrigued!” – Marilyn Brant, New York Times bestselling author
“I Love You Today pulled me right in, from the wrenching love story that could never have a happy ending, to the ultimate strength shown by the main character. An overall compelling journey.” – Andrea Hurst, author of Always with You
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