It’s important to hear successful prominient women in our society talk about sexism- what they experienced themselves and the sexism they’ve seen direct towards others. As CBS Evening News anchor, Katie Couric does a great service for all women in discussing the topic. While in Israel covering Obama’s world tour, Katie made this comment:
I find myself in the last bastion of male dominance, and realizing what Hillary Clinton might have realized not long ago: that sexism in the American society is more common than racism, and certainly more acceptable or forgivable. In any case, I think my post and Hillary’s race are important steps in the right direction.
Katie Couric spoke about sexism in the campaign back in June, when she used her “Reporter’s Notebook” segment to discuss the “continued and accepted role of sexism” in both American society, and specifically, in campaign coverage of Hillary Clinton. See video below.
Katie has spoken about sexism several times during the campaign including:
- At the Alice Award Luncheon Gala, Katie Couric said: “However you feel about her politics, I feel that Sen. Clinton received some of the most unfair, hostile coverage I’ve ever seen.”
- In April, Couric told the Washington Post that she could “identify with [Hillary Clinton] to a certain extent because we share a gender.” Also, media coverage is “very subtly stacked against her,” Couric said at the time, partly because some reporters “are predisposed not to like the Clintons.”
It didn’t take long for the talking heads of the media to begin making Hillary-Katie comparisons. Both were labeled as ‘finished’. Happily, despite low TV ratings, Couric’s still hanging on. I’m pretty thankful for that fact. She uses her promient postition to bring attention to the rampant sexism still very much alive and thriving in our society. We need more prominent women to step up and add their voices to the discussion as well.