‘Old Girls’ Club’ credited for women’s success at NPR

The Daily Beast
In the 1970s, when Nina Totenberg joined NPR, the network of about 90 stations at the time had to hire women, she says, because “salaries were so low that few men were willing to take jobs there.”

The inadvertent result was a roster of young female talent now considered among the most respected names in radio: Totenberg, Cokie Roberts, Linda Wertheimer, and Susan Stamberg, a group affectionately known as the “Founding Mothers.” “It was a novel experience, being looked after [by colleagues] and not being hit on,” Totenberg says. The Old Girls’ Club, as she calls them, sat in a corner of the newsroom the men referred to as “the fallopian jungle,” and swiftly became the broadcaster’s earliest stars. In 1972, Stamberg became the first woman in the country to anchor a daily national news show.

Currently, “women hold the top editorial position at five of the seven news programs, and make up nearly half the overall staff,” reports Jesse Ellison. || Related: “Why women don’t contribute to opinion pages as often as men & what we can do about it” | Why do we need more women in sports journalism? | Should news sites have separate (but equal?) spheres for women’s content?

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  • Anonymous

    Well, it is referring to a term that appears in the story. Like it or not, it was said.

  • http://twitter.com/micheleweldon micheleweldon

    Good, but the link is the same. And forever. Thanks for the quick reaction. We all make mistakes, but I was suprised you made this one.

  • http://www.poynter.org Poynter

     Thanks, Michele. I’ve changed the headline. –Julie

  • http://twitter.com/micheleweldon micheleweldon

    The “Fallopian Jungle” headline is bizarre, sexist and just plain off. How many fallopian tubes does it take to run a newsroom? How many fallopian tubes does it take to write a headline? You took a good story and gave it a sexist headline. As bad as “feminiazi.” Maybe worse.