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Check Out Tina Brown's First Newsweek Cover

by Melissa Silverstein
March 7, 2011 3:03 AM
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Bold move. The first female Newsweek editor puts a woman (Hillary Clinton) on her first cover.

Tomorrow is the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day and in honor of that, Newsweek has a package of women's stories and takes a look at the 150 women who shake the world. All the women on the list are amazing. You should read about each one.

Here are the entertainment/media women on the list (they are all on for reasons other than being in entertainment)
Shohreh Aghdashloo - actress
Eve Ensler
Abigail Disney
Mia Farrow
Salma Hayek
Rula Jebreal - author, Miral

List continues after the jump

Pat Mitchell - CEO of the Paley Center for Media
Padma Lakshmi
Angelina Jolie
Ashley Judd
Annie Leibovitz
Beeban Kidron - director
Shirin Neshat - writer/director Women Without Men
Lynn Nottage
Arundhati Roy
Libby Spears - doc director
Meryl Streep
Oprah Winfrey

There issue also contains an article story about how the recovery from this recession will be led by women.

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  • Melody | March 9, 2011 2:50 AMReply

    When did I ever say lower your expectations? And I am not supporting the idea of buying Newsweek just because a woman's at the helm. But declaring it's sexist crap and picking it apart needlessly after ONE issue is A LITTLE unfair, don't you think? With the exception of Talk Magazine, Tina Brown has a record of successful editorial ventures. What I am saying is give her a chance before judging her? It's not that hard.

  • Noticed | March 9, 2011 2:21 AMReply

    @Melody: Because women should not just blindly support anything done by a woman. That kind of thinking might have gotten Sarah Palin elected. You're not suggesting that we lower our expectations of Newsweek now that a woman is in charge?

    Women support women when they recognize that they're fighting to make women's lives better, when they're pointing out injustice and working for equality. I received my new Newsweek today and was pleasantly surprised to see the word feminism not used as a bad word on several occasions. I am curious to see what other changes Tina Brown has in store.

  • Melody | March 8, 2011 6:17 AMReply

    The new Newsweek is just getting off the ground, people. Let's give Tina Brown at least two or three more issues to prove that she's a new feminist force in the media to be reckoned with before we knock her down. My goodness. What happened to women supporting women??

  • Deborah Arapa | March 8, 2011 4:56 AMReply

    If February is Black History Month and March is Women's History Month, what happens the rest of the year?


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  • Kathleen | March 8, 2011 4:25 AMReply

    I agree with Noticed. Newsweek has this patronizing habit of doing a "women are great leaders" issue once a year. However, in its Quotes section, it quotes men 99.9% of the time.

    Also, Newsweek doesn't respect feminists very much.

    I looked at the list of 150 women and was appalled by the sexist language that Newsweek used. It is male chauvinistic to call a female leader a chairman.

  • Gredin | March 8, 2011 2:53 AMReply

    It should also be noted that the portrait of Hillary on Newsweek's cover was done by renowned photojournalist Stephanie Sinclair, who has specialized in reporting womens issues.

  • Catherine Campbll | March 8, 2011 1:57 AMReply

    Take Condie Rice off the list - she's a war criminal, lied to Us and created the Iraq war, killing thousands with her deliberate lies.

  • Noticed | March 8, 2011 1:32 AMReply

    Newsweek has a habit of lumping women into a huge group (doing justice to none of them) a few times each year in some kind of woman-themed issue. That's not to say that these 150 women are not amazing. But if we were truly viewed as equals, wouldn't they report on us throughout the year as individuals?

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