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.