You likely know how much I love being a mom. And you also might know how much I love being on TV.
But I will also have you know-I'm not powerful.
DONG IT. (What Boston says instead of 'dang it'.)
Anyway-one of my favorite websites is Working Mother. They came out with an article on the Most Powerful Moms On TV. Many of these moms put their careers on hold when their kids were young. It gives me hope. hahaha. Cause THIS mom sure isn't rocking her career right now! =)
See the list for yourself: (Bet you can figure a few out... )
Most Powerful Moms On TV
By first name or last, the names are familiar: Couric, Viera, Amanpour, Katie,
Meredith, Christiane. They are among Working Mother's list of Most Powerful Moms on TV–some of the leading on-camera broadcast journalists of our time, who also happen to be working moms.
By Leah Bourne
It wasn’t that long ago that no woman had held a solo news anchor post for a major network on television. That all changed in 2006 when Katie Couric filled the evening news chair at CBS. And while this was certainly a major step forward for women and working moms in particular, it only served to illuminate just how male the TV news world is (after all this happened a mere five years ago).
To fully appreciate Couric's ascent to the top of the heap, one need only look back at the history of women on TV news. In 1964, a woman stepped in for anchor Ron Cochran on ABC News when he lost his voice for 15 minutes. The appearance made headlines the next day. In 1976, Barbara Walters briefly co-anchored the evening news on ABC. Connie Chung had a short-lived stint on CBS in 1993 co-anchoring with Dan Rather. It did not end well.
While it would be hard to argue that women have reached a point of equality on TV news–either by number or position–the gains by women in recent years show that there is momentum in the right direction. Between Couric at CBS and Diane Sawyer in the anchor chair at ABC News, women now have influence over the evening news. There are also more women than ever covering major international events, hosting their own TV news shows, and scoring the big interviews.
With the growth of major cable news companies, women have had opportunities to take different paths to the top tier than the three networks offered. CNN is where Christiane Amanpour made her name before moving to ABC. Soledad O’Brien gave birth to her twins–becoming a mom of four–while still hosting American Morning on CNN.
So how did we choose workingmother.com’s Most Powerful Moms on TV? We have focused entirely on broadcast journalists for this list (though there are certainly plenty of other powerful women leaders on and behind the scenes of television today). The working mothers we have chosen have at least one child at home who is 18 years old or younger. These are the women that we turn to for breaking news and to illuminate the issues that matter to us and to our families.
Several of the women on this list are true groundbreakers. Couric deserves a place on this list for not only being the first woman solo evening news anchor, but also proving during her tenure that women on the news can be just as hard hitting as men—which she did when she interviewed Sarah Palin in 2008, an interview that many say changed the presidential race that year. Ann Curry is the longest serving woman news-anchor on the Today show, first appearing in 1991. And Christiane Amanpour at ABC’s This Week always seems to go where no woman (or man for that matter) has been before. This year alone she’s scored interviews with Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak and Libya’s Muammar al Gadddafi.
Other women on this list are not only powerful forces on television, they have brought work life family issues into the headlines. Elizabeth Vargas, who now co-anchors 20/20 on ABC, left her grueling 15-hour-a-day co-anchor job at World News Tonight, unable to balance its demands with caring for her two young children. Meredith Vieira was forced out of 60 Minutes in the 1990s after her request to work part-time after the birth of her second child was denied. Vieira has also famously turned down opportunities to co-host CBS’ The Early Show and ABC’s Good Morning America so she could focus on her children, her youngest is now 18, and her husband, who has had MS for as long as she has known him and has also battled two bouts with cancer.
Their stories illustrate that the work-life challenges facing working mothers remain constant for most women, no matter how powerful and visible the woman is.
Most Powerful Moms series is edited by Helen Jonsen.