Molly Ivins
Molly Ivins

And the world over the last forty years.  From the good folks at the Columbia Journalism Review.  We owe our thanks to these trialblazers.  Are there others you would have on this list?

Jill Abramson - First woman to be executive editor of The New York Times

Christiane Amanpour - CNN’s fearless, globe-trotting war correspondent

Tina Brown - Author and editor who rescued Vanity Fair, updated The New Yorker, and became the first woman on top at Newsweek

Betsy Carter - Visionary and mentorly founder of New York Woman magazine

Connie Chung - First Asian-American prime-time news anchor

Gail Collins - First woman named editorial-page editor of The New York Times

Katie Couric - First woman to solo-anchor a prime-time network news broadcast

Christine Craft - A 40-something TV news anchor who sued for age discrimination (she was demoted in 1981 after a focus group said she was “too old, too unattractive and wouldn’t defer to men”)

Anthea Disney - The Rupert whisperer, who blazed trails across all platforms of the Murdoch media empire

Nora Ephron - The most successful Hollywood director New York journalism ever produced (yes, she did time at the New York Post, Newsweek, and Esquire)

Sonia Nazario
Sonia Nazario

Arianna Huffington - Author and networker extraordinaire whose viral blog network upended the industry

Charlayne Hunter-Gault - Heroine of school desegregation who joined what was then known as The MacNeil/Lehrer Report in 1978. She later left PBS to report from South Africa for NPR and CNN.

Molly Ivins - Trenchant columnist who stood taller in her cowboy boots than most men

Dorothy Kalins - Launcher of magazines (Saveur, Garden Design) and peerless spotter of young talent

Geraldine Laybourne - Longtime TV executive and cofounder of Oxygen, where she instituted a crossgenerational Mentor’s Walk for women in various fields