Tina Brown’s first issue of Newsweek, which debuts this week, features Hillary Clinton on its cover.
On “This Week with Christiane Amanpour,” Brown showed the cover and said of the Secretary of State:
“I think what’s interesting right now is that Hillary Clinton, in fact, has actually at last met her moment, in a sense. Because her long-held conviction has always been that women are the leading indicator. That if you empower women, you’re gonna make huge changes in the democracy movement and, of course, in the GDP of the countries concerned. And she’s been pounding that drum for a long time.
So this issue of Newsweek, you see her really in action, what she is doing. We followed her, for instance, on a trip to Yemen just a few weeks before the Arab revolution and saw her conducting a really robust town hall, where people were being encouraged to talk, were being encouraged to ask about women’s rights.
And after that meeting, she met with a few of the women who clustered around her and asked her and said, ‘Can you help us educate women here, about the country here?’ “
Interestingly, Brown also featured Clinton on the debut issue of her short-lived “Talk Magazine,” as ABC News and others point out.
Brown took over as editor-in-chief of Newsweek when her Daily Beast website merged with the magazine.
She has said that she plans to cultivate an audience of women.
Of the six stories highlighted on Newsweek’s cover, three are about women:
- “150 women who shake the world”
- “Women make lousy men” by Kathleen Parker
- “Hillary’s War: How she’s shattering glass ceilings everywhere”
Arianna Huffington, who will soon oversee editorial operations at AOL when that company completes its purchase of her Huffington Post, has also indicated women will be an important part of the strategy.
Huffington will join Brown on the final day of this week’s “Women in the World” event, sponsored by The Daily Beast, when they discuss “Women and Media 3.0.”
Clinton will participate in the summit as well, along with former Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and Madeleine Albright, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (Clinton’s New York successor), and “Tiger Mom” Amy Chua.
Amanpour will moderate a panel at the event on the subject of women in the Arab uprisings. MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski will moderate panels on leadership and why women are “stuck in the middle.”
Disclosure: I am an occasional paid contributor to AOL’s Politics Daily.