The Brown Daily Herald’s Taylor Barnes has an interview with The Most’s Alison Stewart…
What are the specific challenges of being a woman in your career field?
Finding mentorship, because none of the major news networks have a female president. None of the cable companies have a female president. Where I work there is a female vice president, which is pretty amazing, and she’s only 42. So finding people who are higher up who you can talk to about issues of being a woman without feeling like you’re crying about it or whining about it. … I think that’s a challenge, trying to figure out what you can say to a female candidly.
I was up for a couple of morning show jobs, and I didn’t have a child. And one of them - it wasn’t a news job - was open about it, like “We’re looking for a mom.” And the other was a news show, and I said, “I spent all this time going around the world - and I don’t have a kid? Is that going to keep me from having this?” And I was like, “That is the craziest thing,” but that’s what they wanted. You can get into a cocoon like Brown, but there are still certain stereotypes about nuclear families.