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The audience of about 50 women at the Oct. Three-quarters raised their hands.
Nearly 50 years ago, Povich was a crusader in the fight for equality in the workplace. In she joined 45 other women in filing a complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against Newsweek, accusing the magazine of gender discrimination.
At the time, newsroom jobs were segregated into three levels: The top jobs, including reporters and writers, were closed to women, she said. To wit, she noted that half of her graduating class got married straight out of college. She and many of her colleagues were shaped by the cultural and social revolution of the s when they came of age.
The women felt that a relatable female attorney should represent them, but there were few practicing bias law at the time. Not only would women be considered for reporting, writing, and management positions, but a third of the fact-checking jobs would be assigned to men. Five years later, Povich became the first female senior editor at Newsweek.
Within months of the lawsuit, women working at news stalwarts such as The New York Times, Washington Post, and Fortune and Time magazines, filed similar charges for being relegated to low-level, low-paying jobs.
Although they had won a great battle, the careers of most of the women involved stalled after the lawsuit. Povich remembered that one of her collaborators told her she did not expect to flourish professionally.