Women are less likely to be seen in the media as compared to their men counterparts around the world. If we look at the media as a profession, women are under-represented in media ownership and in decision-making positions.
Globally, women make up only 26% of news media leaders. But there are few powerful women who have left behind their male counterparts in terms of their performance. Check out these powerful women in the media industry:
Anna Wintour, Editor-in-Chief Vogue
70-year old Anna Wintour is best known as a powerful editor-in-chief of vogue. She is famous for her iconic pageboy haircut and large sunglasses.
Anna is the daughter of Charles Wintour, the editor of the London Evening Standard newspaper. She started taking interest in fashion as a teenager. Anna started her career in fashion Journalism at two British magazines.
In 1988, she took the editorship position of American Vogue. She was a unique girl when she was young. She loves to do things in her own way. Anna made the decision to skip academics.
Helen Boaden, Director of BBC News Group
Helen Boaden, a 64-year old British broadcaster is best known as the former broadcasting executive of BBC. She spent 30 years of life working for BBC.
She said that she found school ‘a great relief from home life because it was calm and ordered’. Helen started her career as a care assistant with disturbed adolescents in the London Borough of Hackney in 1987.
Later she became a journalist with the New York City radio station WBAI. When she returned to the UK, she studied the course in radio journalism at the London College of Communication.
Helen joined BBC in 1983. Boaden served as the BBC’s Head of Business Programmes in 1997, then in 1998, she became the Head of BBC Current Affairs, the first woman to serve in this position. She worked as the Controller of BBC7 in 2002 when the station was introduced. In 2004, she became Director of BBC News after Richard Sambrook.
Diane Sawyer, News Anchor
Diane Sawyer is best known for anchoring major programs including Primetime newsmagazine, ABC World News Tonight, Good Morning America, and 20/20 when she worked at ABC.
She also hosted CBS Morning and she became the first woman correspondent on 60 minutes during her term at CBS News.
Diane studied at Seneca High School in the Buechel area of Louisville. She served as editor-in-chief in her school newspaper, The Arrow, and took part in many artistic activities.
Diane revealed that she decided to resign from the anchor chair position of ABC World News on June 25, 2014.
Oprah Winfrey, Media Mogul
Oprah Winfrey gained popularity for hosting her own popular talk show from 1986 to 2011. She is a famous talk show host, actress, and billionaire philanthropist.
The Oprah Winfrey Show was aired for 25 seasons, from 1986 to 2011. In 2011 she started her own television network, Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).
She pledged to keep her show free from tabloid talks. Initially, her show ratings were not that much high but steadily she gained a reputation and soon paid with an increase in popularity.
Jill Abramson, Former Executive Editor, New York Times
66-year old Jill Abramson is best known as a former executive editor at New York Times. She held the position of executive editor from September 2011 to May 2014.
Jill was the first female executive editor in the paper’s 160-year history. She started working at the New York Times in 1997.
Additionally, she served as the Washington bureau chief and managing director there before chosen as the executive editor.
Earlier, she served as the investigative reporter and a deputy bureau chief at The Wall Street Journal.
Furthermore, she was ranked number five on the Forbes list of most powerful women in 2012.