Carole Simpson Opens Up About Sexism and Racism at Work

January 6, 2011  |  

Veteran news anchor Carole Simpson opens up about the  sexism and racism she’s experienced in the workplace in her new book “News Lady.”  Full of inspirational moments and candor, the book offers a realistic view of Simpson’s unique career.  Simpson started her media career in the mid-1960s and in 1974, she went on to become the first African American woman to anchor a newscast on a major network.

Her education and skills earned her many praises and career advancements. She even moderated a presidential debate in 1992–becoming the first woman and the first minority to do that. However, her career has not been without trouble. One colleague called her a Slore and told her that the only reason she had her job was because of affirmative action. Over the years, Simpson says she was subjected to inappropriate touches and comments as well. One co-worker let her know that she looked so good he wanted to four-letter-word her.

Somehow, through all of that, she maintained a thriving career in media for 25 years. No major publishing house wanted to touch the book, according to Simpson, so she went through a self-publishing firm called AuthorHouse. Simpson currently teaches broadcast journalism, public affairs reporting and political communication at Emerson College in Boston.

Have you ever had to endure sexism or racism at work? How did you handle it? Have you ever quit a job because of harassment?

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