|Newsweek Cover March 23, 1970|
|Norton and the Newsweek researchers
Photo © Bettman/Corbis.
The male leadership could not understand that they were doing anything wrong. Even after they settled with the researchers, there were no material changes in the mobility of women into the writing and editorial ranks. The women had to sue a second time in order to force the editors to begin to offer reporting, writing and editorial opportunities to the researchers.
Lean In 2013. Sheryl Sandberg’s book. Leaning In: Women Work and the Will to Lead: challenges us to wonder why women outpace men in educational achievements, but are still under represented in the C suite and on corporate boards. Yet I hear an echo of Katherine Graham’s insecurity and ambivalence in Sandberg’s words almost half a century later:”I still face situations that I fear are beyond my qualifications, I still have days when I feel like a fraud.”*
Which leads one to wonder, what does this all mean for legal information professionals?
*I recommend reading Deborah Tannen’s “You just don’t understand me: Men and Women in Conversation,” I read it about 20 years ago, but I am pretty sure she addresses gender differences in dealing with insecurity, and expressions thereof…
Note: Jamie Furillo provided research assistance, dare I say “fact checking” this article!