Nicole Yershon gets called ‘too emotional’ | You Couldn’t Make This Crap Up

In the final episode of You Couldn’t Make This Crap Up, the founder of Lab for Hire and Ogilvy Labs shares with The Drum her experience of gender discrimination in the workplace.

Despite Nicole Yershon already performing well in a role, an unnamed employer was looking for someone else to step in. After confronting the employer over why she wasn't considered, she was told she was “far too emotional” to do the job.

“I just went up really, really close to his face and said: ‘I am the most logical person you will ever meet – do not confuse emotion with passion’,” she recalled.

Now, looking back, she still thinks of the following quote when she recalls the incident: "Be the anomaly. The aberration. The glitch. The inconvenient. The divergent. The string of junk code. The stubborn apple that falls nowhere near the tree. Or the fucking forest.

"Be the fool. The Bonehead. The idiot in the room. Let them shake their groupthink heads at you. “Let them be ashamed of you. Embarrassed of you. Pissed off at you. They will call you names and you must let them. Let them jeer. Let them point. Let them laugh. Be resistant to their mockery. Be the fodder for their jokes. Be a magnificent failure in their eyes.

"A tiger does not lose sleep over the opinion of the sheep.”

Watch more episodes of You Couldn't Make This Crap Up – directed byNicole Bosky and filmed by Tom Baker – here.

Katie Deighton

Katie Deighton is The Drum’s senior reporter - creative and video based in London. She produces, films, presents and edits the title’s editorial video output, including series such as On The Scene, Ad Breakers and Why I Left Advertising, and manages its coverage of the creative sector. She also reports on the intersection between politics and marketing, as well as the third sector and fashion.

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