AirTalk for October 8, 2012

Lynn Povich on the story of a newsroom uprising at ‘Newsweek’

The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued their Bosses and Changed the Workplace

Gender discrimination became legally prohibited following the 1964 Civil Rights Act, but that didn’t (and doesn’t) mean that such mistreatment was eradicated. Discrimination toward women was still rampant at the offices of “Newsweek” in the 1960s. All of the magazine’s writers and reporters were men while women were lucky if they were promoted to simply be researchers or fact checkers.

After years of struggling for equal treatment, the women of “Newsweek” finally sued management – twice. Journalist and author Lynn Povich, who became the first female Senior Editor in the magazine’s history in 1975, recounts the events that culminated in a revolution for women in her book “The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued Their Bosses and Changed the Workplace.” Listen in as guest host Patt Morrison gets the inside scoop from fellow journalist Lynn Povich.

Guest:

Lynn Povich, author, “The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued Their Bosses and Changed the Workplace” (PublicAffairs); and the first ever female Senior Editor at “Newsweek.”


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