It's nice to see Drudge picking up on Katie Couric's blog
at CBSNews.com. Her commentaries are worth watching. In this case,
Katie complained on behalf of the "feminist movement" that while she
was thrilled to attend a recent briefing at the White House with other
top network anchors, she wanted more females at the table. Once again,
America is so far behind nations like Rwanda and Sweden. (Yes, that's
in there.) The weirdest sentence: "Everyone was gracious, though the
jocular atmosphere was palpable." What is it about jocularity that
makes it disturbingly masculine?
This from Couric, whose on-air
tone is defined by breezy informality? Whose commentaries and on-air
asides are salted with "gosh" and whose interviews are jarringly
affected with light-hearted quotes from her daughters?
You can't help but wonder if Katie's already looking forward to the
whole White House being Hillaryland, when "great leaps for womankind"
will be Job One, and male "jocularity" will be frowned upon, and
perhaps the networks will be lectured about the need to send female
anchors to the White House table:
And even though I’ve been in this business for
more years than I’d like to admit, and interviewed countless Presidents
and world leaders, it’s still thrilling—and even a little
awe-inspiring—to get “briefed” at the White House, no matter who is
sitting in the Oval Office.
And yet, the meeting was a little
disconcerting as well. As I was looking at my colleagues around the
room—Charlie Gibson, George Stephanopoulos, Brian Williams, Tim
Russert, Bob Schieffer, Wolf Blitzer, and Brit Hume—I couldn’t
help but notice, despite how far we’ve come, that I was still the only
woman there. Well, there was some female support staff near the door.
But of the people at the table, the “principals” in the meeting, I was
the only one wearing a skirt. Everyone was gracious, though the jocular
atmosphere was palpable.
The feminist movement that began in the 1970’s helped women make
tremendous strides—but there still haven’t been enough great leaps for
womankind. Fifty-one percent of America is female, but women make up
only about sixteen percent of Congress—which, as the Washington Monthly
recently pointed out, is better than it’s ever been...but still not as
good as parliaments in Rwanda (forty-nine percent women) or Sweden
(forty-seven percent women). Only nine Fortune 500 companies have women
That meeting was a reality check for me—and not just about Iraq. It
was a reminder that all of us still have an obligation to ask: Don’t
more women deserve a place at the table too?