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The Good Girls Revolt at Newsweek

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Lynn Povich talks about working at Newsweek in the 1960s, and discovering that women researchers sometimes became reporters, rarely writers, and never editors. She was a ringleader of the 46 Newsweek women who charged the magazine with discrimination in hiring and promotion in 1970. It was the first female class action lawsuit—and the first by women journalists. In The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued their Bosses and Changed the Workplace, she tells the story of this turning point through the lives of several participants.

Guests:

Lynn Povich

Comments [2]

Judith from Brooklyn, NY

I am so interested in this story...I worked at Newsweek in the 80s in the Cover Dept. (was separate from "pictures" altho' we were all on the same floor). I had no issues with my male bosses (well, I guess one, perhaps) but I watched the women in the other department...one thing that really was difficult to watch was how "hard" they had to be to compete with the men...I can only think of one who was softer and still kept her job. I am not stigmatizing "ambition" ... it was a hardness they had to adopt to get ahead. ok, just my 2 cents from experience. I had NO idea that this lawsuit had gone on!!

Sep. 12 2012 12:58 PM
MN from Manhattan

I worked at Time magazine during the 80's . This scenario is largely true but also meant that I was denied an opportunity to get a job as a researcher because I was a male. I was a graduate student at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia but after working in Edit production as a clerk for 6 years ( also while undergrad at Columbia) I was not allowed to be a researcher. I even saw undergraduate female classmates hired over my self. There was one exception, Oscar Chang who was an International edition researcher. Oscar felt that he was discriminated against and told me that other whites that graduated from Columbia Journalism school in his same class were hired as writers and editors. I was Native American and visibly so. Oscar said to me " Don't let then do to you what they did me". I had always dreamed to work in Journalism, but I feel that I was not allowed to even be a researcher because of my male sex and race.

Sep. 12 2012 12:54 PM

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