Feminist?

Playboy’s female editors say the magazine was a ‘sisterhood’ full of opportunity for women

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Playboy was the place to work for up-and-coming female writers in the glory days of magazine writing, according to a slew of female journalists who told Cosmopolitan that the magazine famous for its nude photos of women was actually a very pro-woman work environment for many years. Glynnis MacNicol, who authored the piece, says she got her first journalism job there in 2008 when, as a poorly-paid blogger, she pitched the Editor-in-Chief on letting her run the magazine’s digital coverage of the presidential campaign and was dispatched onto the campaign trail with a hefty budget.

The magazine has apparently always been ripe with opportunities for ambitious young women. Editors who spoke for the story called it a “sisterhood,” and said it was “extraordinary.” Hugh Hefner himself, according to the women, was heavily involved in the creation of each issue, listened to ideas from women at all levels of the company, and personally called them to thank them for doing a good job.  Barbara Nellis, who started at the magazine in 1970, worked there for more than 30 years as an editor.

“It was truly a wonderful place to work,” she said. “Whatever hostility was directed at Hefner, bunny ears and tails and all of that stuff, had absolutely zero impact on working there.”

Read the full story at Cosmopolitan.

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