Fleishman’s First Female Exec Dies at 84

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Ruth Jacobson, the well connected former senior partner of Fleishman-Hillard died last week at the age of 84. She was the first female, and 16th hire at the now global Omnicom megafirm. She graduated from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism in 1955 and was nicknamed “Girl Friday” when she took the job in the same year.

Back then Fleishman was all about St. Louis, and Jacobson worked with the biggest names including a August Busch Jr., as in Anheuser-Busch. According to an anecdote in Post-Dispatch obit, she convinced the then owner of the Cardinals to let her lead an all-female press junket to Florida to cover spring training. He agreed, but only if the ladies would courier the team’s various pets with them. A cockatoo gnawed on her luggage on the way.

Jacobson was one of the first women in what would develop as an industry with much higher glass ceiling than most.

[h/t PRWeek]