Award-winning journalist Lynn Povich '65 will recount her role in the feminist movement in the lecture, “Breaking the Glass Ceiling at Newsweek: A Vassar Grad’s Tale of Second Wave Feminism.” This event will be held on Thursday, April 14, 5:30pm, in Rockefeller Hall, room 300, and is free and open to the public.
Povich began her career in the Paris bureau of Newsweek magazine, eventually becoming a reporter in New York. In 1970, she was one of 46 women who sued the magazine for sex discrimination—the first women in media to take such action. Povich recounted her experiences in the book The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued Their Bosses and Changed the Workplace.
Feminist icon Gloria Steinem called The Good Girls Revolt “as compelling as any novel, and also an accurate, intimate history of new women journalists invading the male journalistic world of the 1970s. Lynn Povich turns this epic revolt into a lesson on why and how we’ve just begun.”
In 1991, Povich became editor-in-chief of Working Woman magazine. A recipient of the Matrix Award for Magazines, Povich serves on the Advisory Boards of the International Women's Media Foundation, the Women's Rights Division of Human Rights Watch and the CUNY Graduate Center Foundation Board.
This lecture is sponsored by the Women’s Studies Program, the American Studies Program, the Alumnae/i of Vassar College, the Office of Alumnae/i Development, the History Department, and the Media Studies Program.
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