Newsletter

Stay up to date with the latest from MAKERS delivered straight to your inbox. Sign up for new stories from trailblazing women, a big dose of inspiration, and exclusive MAKERS content.

Newsletter Confirmation

Thank you for joining! Please check your inbox for our special welcome letter
with exclusive updates from MAKERS.

MAKERS Moment

When History Repeats Itself

When History Repeats Itself

More From Lynn

In this video

Tagged as

Povich explains how forty years after the landmark lawsuit, young women at Newsweek had to discover its history anew.

Lynn's Biography

Hero she’s never met: Marian Wright Edelman
Childhood dream: To become a ballerina
Family Business: Povich’s father, Shirley Povich, was a renowned sportswriter for the Washington Post.
Cause of Choice: International Women's Media Foundation

Lynn Povich is an award-winning journalist and women’s rights pioneer. In 1970, she helped organize a landmark sex discrimination suit against Newsweek, and in 1975, became the first female senior editor in the magazine’s history.
 
After graduating from Vassar in 1965, Povich began her career as a secretary in the Paris Bureau of Newsweek. She rose to become a reporter and writer in the New York office, at a time when almost all of the writers and editors were men and all of the fact checkers, researchers, and secretaries were women. In 1970, she joined with 45 other women to sue the magazine for sex discrimination, announcing the suit the very day Newsweek published a cover story on the women’s movement, “Women in Revolt.” The lawsuit and the publicity it created were a major first step toward gender equality in the media business. The magazine promised to hire and promote more women and within five years Povich became the first female senior editor in the history of the magazine. In 2012, she published “The Good Girls Revolt,” which chronicles the landmark Newsweek suit and how much has--and hasn't changed since.
 
Povich stepped down from her senior editor position in 1980 in order to work part time while raising her children. She left Newsweek in 1991, to become Editor-in-Chief of Working Woman, which she turned into the only national business magazine for women. Most recently she was managing editor/senior executive producer of East Coast programming at MSNBC.com. She is a recipient of the Matrix Award for Magazines and serves on the Advisory Boards of the International Women's Media Foundation and the Women's Rights Division of Human Rights Watch.

Related Videos

Nevine Michaan
Nevine Michaan
Teaching Yoga to Women

Nevine Michaan was born in Egypt in 1954 and moved to New Rochelle, New York at the age of three. She began studying meditation and yoga after college, and soon began training in N...

Louann Brizendine
Louann Brizendine
Neuropsychiatrist & Author

Louann Brizendine, M.D. is a practicing clinician, neuropsychiatrist and author, specializing in the relationship dynamics resulting from the neurobiology of male and female brains...

Julie Rofman
Julie Rofman
Artist & Jewelry Designer

An artist and business owner, Julie Rofman is a Venice-based painter, sculptor, and jewelry designer whose colorful beadwork bracelets have sold online and in over 100 stores world...

Kathy Kusner
Kathy Kusner
First Licensed Female Jockey

Kathy Kusner is a pioneering jockey who became the first licensed female jockey in the U.S. Growing up, Kusner couldn't afford a horse of her own, but she worked in stables so ...