Great read could not put it down. Very well written. Brings back not so fond memories. As a 3rd generation newspaper person I can relate . I worked in advertising. Finally as a sales rep,my pay was based on salary plus commission I made pretty good money almost 8 x as much after getting out of the hourly ad paste up composing room female ghetto. My women friends who were reporters in the 1980's were shocked at how much more money I made than them. One thing about sales how much you sell is how much you make.
At that time salaries were so hush hush management didn't want anyone to know how much people were paid. If I were you starting out I would ask for 1.5 Times more than offered because then you'll get paid the same as a man. The phrase that stuck in my head even after the women were promoted that they were offered so much less than a man in the same position.