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The facts speak for themselves. Women are woefully underrepresented in newsrooms globally.
39% are journalists.
Only 26% are in journalism leadership.
Women of color represent about 8% of U.S. print newsroom staff, 6% of local radio staff, & about 13% of local TV news staff.
Women are constantly discredited.
Women and girls are the subject of fewer than 20% of news stories.
It's personal: "You have too much power," the general manager told me. "I want to give the hosting job to a younger woman." Then, he fired me from the public affairs program that I founded and hosted for several years. After a series of younger women sat at the mic, the permanent role was given to a white, middle-aged male for the next 12 years, until the program ended in 2020.
It's political: A publisher recently said he would run my Op-Ed about the politics of abortion if I deleted a few particular lines – the central thread of the piece. "It's too personal," he said.
Action: Here, in my 7th decade, I decided to launch My Op-Eds because the personal is political. II'll be posting about politics, the arts, education, friendship, love – issues that grab my attention. As Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said, "It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent."
Watch Op-Ed Here
August 12, 2022
News always seems to be "Breaking." I recall a moment a couple of years ago when CNN interrupted its regular programming with Breaking News to tell us there was nothing new to report on a particular story they were following. This week, breaking news has broken in on Breaking News. It's out of control. I'm trying not to be.
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