Remember when everyone was heralding Mad Men as the second coming for women writers and I didn’t buy it for one minute? I’m not saying the show doesn’t write great female characters. It does. It just doesn’t employ many women in senior level writing positions. That’s just a fact.
The writers started working on the new season yesterday and two women in the writing women, Kater Gordon and Robin Veith have departed and have been replaced by men. We knew Gordon was leaving since the fall. Commenters on this site and in other places have stated that she got married and moved north. Congrats to her.
Robin Veith, who started out as a writer’s assistant and wound up getting co-writing credit on the first season finale of the show which earned her and Matthew Weiner an Emmy nomination, is said to have quit before she was fired.
There is always a lot of writer turnover before each season. But having two women replaced by two men — Keith Huff and Jonathan Abrahams — gives me pause. I am betting that both of them will be in higher writing positions than the women who departed were.