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Competition for the "Woman Job"

Competition for the "Woman Job"

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In this MAKERS interview, Connie Chung talks about how the networks pitted women against each other, especially minority women, for the token "woman jobs."

Connie's Biography

Chinese Intelligence:Father worked for Chinese intelligence "It was sort of like the CIA combined with the FBI combined with military."
Dinner with the Family:While they got to taste American food, every night "my mother cooked Chinese food."
First Job:A copy person working two nights a week before graduating from college.
Higher Math or Verbal Score:Math.

Connie Chung became the first Asian and the second woman to co-anchor one of America's major network news programs when she co-hosted the "CBS Evening News" with Dan Rather. An Emmy and Peabody Award-winning journalist, Chung has worked at CBS, ABC, NBC, and CNN.
The youngest of five sisters, Chung was born in Washington D.C.  A shy girl growing up, Chung surprised her family by pursuing a journalism degree. From there, she quickly launched into her career at Washington's WTTG-TV, first as a secretary, and ultimately as a reporter.
In 1993, CBS announced that Chung would be the co-anchor of the nightly news broadcast alongside Dan Rather. In 1995, Chung was released from her dream job. Since, she has returned to broadcast on "20/20" and her own news programs.
Chung is married to talk show host Maury Povich and together they have one adopted son.

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