With just over a week on the job, outgoing CNN presenter Brooke Baldwin opens the curtain on the network’s male-dominated executives and how she “had to fight for women’s stories”.
“The most influential anchors in ours Network, the highest paid are men. My bosses and my executives are men. The person who oversees CNN Dayside is a man and my executive producer for 10 years has been a man. So I was surrounded by a lot of men, ”said Baldwin, 41, on Monday’s Ms. Magazine podcast.
» I was surrounded by a lot of guys, « she said of her experience rising through the ranks.
In 2018, The Wrap conducted an analysis of weekday programming on various networks and found that CNN didn’t have as many female anchors as competitors like MSNBC and Fox News.
The outlet found that CNN was halfway through on weekdays had that many female solo anchors, with only three versus six each on Fox News and MSNBC and none in the 8 p.m. prime time evening hours. until 11pm
Baldwin, whose last day on the network is April 16, said CNN has begun « gradually » giving women more power in digital and executive newsgathering positions, but more work needs to be done « It’s getting better, but we still have a lot to do, » she said.
When the Peabody Award finalist was asked how the male-dominated leadership team affects her ability to do important things Telling stories about women, she said she « wasn’t told much ».
« I know I personally fight for women’s stories, » replied Baldwin, adding that she was a poster from her CNN series » American Women « hanging in her office as a reminder that she was able to complete the project.
In February, Baldwin announced that after 13 years on the network, she would be stepping down from her position with no further job coming . She has spoken to various outlets about how the work she did on her book « Huddle, » which focuses on the power women have when they come together as a collective, has inspired them to get out of their comfort zone and face new challenges.
The announcement also came a few months after the network took it off the air and replaced it with political anchor Jake Tapper for the month leading up to the 2020 elections. At the time, she was posting comments on Instagram suggesting that she was forced to give up her time slot for a man.
« As the elections begin, the political maestro @jaketapper will be recording my and his hour for the coming weeks . I wish I were with you, but see you on the other side of the election on TV, « wrote Baldwin in a post at the time.
When a fan asked, » Why are you taking so many weeks at such an important time free? » Baldwin replied, « Not my choice. »
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