Thursday, January 30, 2014

First Female Senior Editor of Newsweek and One of the Original "Newsweek 46" to Headline Chicago Event

Nationally known author Lynn Povich, a plaintiff in the 1970 sex discrimination case against Newsweek, joins intergenerational panel on gender discrimination in the workplace 


CHICAGO –“Women don’t write at Newsweek,” they were told.

Forty-six women working for Newsweek not only didn’t buy this—they decided to fight it. In 1970, the “Newsweek 46” sued their employer for sex discrimination. Their landmark victory sent ripples through the entire news industry and paved the way for Lynn Povich to become Newsweek’s first female Senior Editor.

The trailblazing Povich charts her path from plaintiff to Senior Editor in her acclaimed book The Good Girls Revolt. She also reflects on the modern, often subtler version of gender discrimination that young women face in the workplace today. This is the kind of discrimination that prompted recent Newsweek writer Jesse Ellison and two of her female colleagues to report on the state of women in news 40 years after the landmark lawsuit for a 2010 Newsweek cover story.

On February 13, Povich and Ellison will participate in a panel discussion co-hosted by Women Employed and the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, where these two remarkable journalists will discuss how the workplace has—and hasn’t—changed for women.  

WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 13, 5:30 -7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Kirkland & Ellis, 300 N. La Salle Dr, Chicago (6th fl. Conference Centre)

TICKETS: $10 for event only; $25 for event and a copy of the book. Event includes a networking reception, discussion, Q&A session, and book-signing. Reserve tickets online.


About Women Employed
Women Employed mobilizes people and organizations to expand educational and employment opportunities for America’s working women. Founded in 1973, we have a 40-year track record of opening doors, breaking barriers, and creating fairer workplaces for women. For more information, visit Visit us on social media at Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.