Tina Brown, the former editor of Vanity Fair and the New Yorker, has said that women have to work harder than men in order to make progress in the media industry.
Brown said women “have to be gold in a silver job” to to be rated as highly as their male counterparts. “You feel you have to bust your gut to get the same kind of respect that comes more easily to men in the same position,” she said. “It didn’t stop me, but without a doubt women have to really work in overdrive.”
journalist, who co-founded Talk magazine in 1998 with Harvey Weinstein, also said that the publicity about allegations of sexual harassment in the media, politics and other sectors has led to men “reviewing their conduct”.
Brown described Weinstein as an “intimidating and ferocious man” in a column for the New York Times last month and said crossing him was “scary”. She added: “But it’s a different era now. [Bill] Cosby. [Roger] Ailes. [Bill] O’Reilly. Weinstein. It’s over, except for one – the serial sexual harasser in the White House.”
Brown made her latest comments in an interview with the Radio Times to mark the launch of a new book that recalls her time as editor of Vanity Fair in the 1980s and 1990s. Asked if the sexual harassment scandals would spell the end of the abuse of women, she said: “Yes, I think before it meant an outcry and a scandal that went away. But the difference this time is that men are reviewing their own conduct, thinking, I’d better clean up my act.”
Brown edited the New Yorker for six years after leaving Vanity Fair in 1992. As well as co-founding Talk she has also edited Tatler, written a biography of Princess Diana and created the Daily Beast, a news and opinion website.
She also launched the Women in the World annual summit, which has featured speeches from some of the world’s most influential women, including Hillary Clinton, Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook, and talk show host Oprah Winfrey.
Source: The Guardian