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WHAT'S CHANGED?
Each year as we create this magazine honoring
cable's women, our staff looks at the previous
year's book.
Inevitably, we're tempted to compare the
current condition of women in cable versus
12 months earlier. We also think about the
industry climate, popular culture, politics, the
economy, media's portrayal of women. Call it
an early retrospective on the year.
On the face of it, little seems to have
changed.
While programmers can point to several
women running things, one of them, BET chief
Debra Lee, believes " even on the programming
side there's a lot more that needs to be
done. " Women are lacking in C suites, she says.
On the operator side, the duo that was in charge at large cable distributors in
'09 remains unchanged: Nomi Bergman is Bright House Networks' President (the
#10 largest MSO) and Colleen Abdoulah heads WOW! (#15).
As we went to press last year, U.S. unemployment was nearing 10%. While
cable fared better than most, layoffs were a daily concern. That's changed only
slightly; layoffs remain a fear, unemployment hovers at 9%.
But there have been positives. WICT's membership has never been larger. BET's
Lee sees more leadership opportunities for women resulting from mergers of MSOs
with programmers; there's a big one pending now. The number of U.S. women with
six-fi gure incomes is rising at a much faster pace than it is for men, new census fi gures
show. Women now outnumber men at nearly every level of higher education.
We're also seeing better images of women in media. Yes, it's called Mad Men,
but AMC's hit was notable this season for its stories of women in a sexist era.
On premium cable, we've seen the addition of a strong if fl awed female character,
Showtime's excellent Nurse Jackie, played by Edie Falco. In a supporting
role, there's no stronger female than Mrs. Margaret Schroeder (Kelly Macdonald,
pictured above). She's the small but mighty widow who directly confronts her
fi nancial supporter, a powerful but crooked Prohibition-era politician, on HBO's
Boardwalk Empire. Ironically, direct confrontation was something Falco's former
character, Carmela Soprano, could never quite manage with her Tony. Here's
hoping more cable outlets directly confront the paucity of women in C suites.
* * *
Speaking of changes, this book has a few. We've expanded the list of women
in technology that we prepare with WICT (p. 34). Larger too is our alphabetized
list of infl uential women (p. 16). We
think you'll fi nd these are changes
for the better.
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