Consumers Are Sick of Feeling Overlooked by Man-Made, Female-Targeted Products

Women-led companies are disrupting the brand world

Give our readers an inside look at your brand's marketing approach by joining the Adweek Columnist Network. If you're a VP or above, submit your pitch.

I came of age in the late 90s, when bras were padded beyond recognition and Abercrombie faced a mild backlash over child-sized thongs. Then brands got “real.” They went lighter on Photoshop. Dove said you were allowed to have gray hair. Brands realized they should target women, so men designed campaigns specifically for her. The ads were aimed at us, but nothing below the surface was changing.