The Problem Remains

Our final stop on our media journey was with the CEO and President of PBS, Paula Kerger. Here we learned the basic ins and outs of the Public Broadcasting Service. Our group also had the opportunity to hear about the projects that PBS is currently working on that differentiates them from other programs.

However, the most interesting thing I took away from this meeting was Kerger’s view on women in the media. Kerger said “There is still something wrong if we have to put the word ‘women’ in front of it.” This was in regards to women’s positions in the media. I loved this statement and I never really thought of things in this way. If it is out of the ordinary for a woman to be filling a position than there is still something wrong with that. I am such an advocate for women having an equal place in this world. I hope someday when we are describing positions in media we do not have to point out that it is a woman in that position, but it will be normal and won’t be second guessed. 

Kerger was an excellent example of how women can be successful in the media. She has accomplished so much in her life and now is running PBS. It was an amazing opportunity to hear her views and experiences. 

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  1. #1 by shughes152013 on January 27, 2013 - 6:14 pm

    I couldn’t agree more, Chelsie. As if seeing here just sit at the head of a boardroom table wasn’t enough, I likewise enjoyed listening to Paula Kerger and her views on women and media. The subtle message I picked up from her is that she doesn’t want to talk about how she is exceptional as a woman of her rank in media. She considers herself normal and is excited that doors are opening for more women to join her. This is (and should be) invigorating and inspirational to us and our generation of males and females alike.

  2. #2 by chrissyroach on January 29, 2013 - 2:52 am

    I agree so much with this. I have become such a feminist since I’ve been realizing how the women are still fighting for equality in a lot of ways, especially in the work force. I can’t wait until the day when it won’t be abnormal for women to be in charge of large organizations, just as Paula Kerger. She was such an inspiration and I’m glad you took away similar things from our experience with her.

  3. #3 by ltrego on January 29, 2013 - 7:00 pm

    I was struck not only by how awesome it is that Paula Kerger is in the place she is as a woman, but also by how kind she was to bestow upon us a bit of her knowledge. Just like the three of you, I loved hearing Kerger’s advice on being a young woman in the media industry. I wish that more young women and girls were able to hear from women like Kerger to see how far women really can go career-wise.

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