No one would dare say today that “women don’t write here,” as the NEWSWEEK women were told 40 years ago. But men wrote all but six of Newsweek‘s 49 cover stories last year—and two of those used the headline “The Thinking Man.””
Well, kudos to Newsweek. Four months after being the subject of some heavy-handed, headline-making accusations of sexism following a questionable Sarah Palin cover to heart, the magazine has subjected itself to the inspection of three of its young female employees, who have lately come to the conclusion that actually sexism is not dead. Turns out they didn’t have to look far.
Female bylines at major magazines are still outnumbered by seven to one; women are just 3 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs and less than a quarter of law partners and politicians. That imbalance even applies to the Web, where the founder of a popular copywriting Web site, Men With Pens, revealed late last year that “he” was actually a she. “I assumed if I chose a male name [I’d] be viewed as somebody who runs a company, not a mom sitting at home with a child hanging off her leg,” the woman says. It worked: her business doubled once she joined the boys’ club.
I suspect if you are over the age of 30 none of this will strike you as terribly shocking. It does make me wonder however, if now that the country has adjusted to the President, passed health care, and got over the shock of the economy, whether this signifies we are ready to return the conversation that Hillary Clinton’s candidacy reignited back in the spring of 2008. Namely, wow, is sexism ever not dead.
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