When New is Old: The Men in Charge of Women’s Magazines

From 11/29/10 New York Times pB1

And it involves the departure of two women – Ann Moore from TIME Inc. and Cathleen Black at Hearst who is Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s schools chancellor pick.

Their ages? 47, 49, 49, 50.  Hey – wait a minute – that’s my generation. Almost exactly.  Didn’t I have a lot of women in my generation who, you know, had the same opportunities etc.?  Oh well – this isn’t “my” industry. I’m sure someone can explain the absence of women to me.

Nothing in the article about content, mostly it’s about business. The companies are Hearst, Meredith, Condé Nast and Time Inc. Magazines they publish:

Hearst:

Meredith:

  • American Baby
  • American Patchwork & Quilting
  • Better Homes and Gardens
  • Country Home Country Gardens
  • Diabetic Living
  • Do It Yourself
  • Family Circle
  • Fitness
  • Ladies’ Home Journal
  • Living the Country Life
  • Midwest Living
  • More
  • Parents
  • ReadyMade
  • Renovation Style
  • Scrapbooks, Etc.
  • Successful Farming
  • Traditional Home
  • Wood

Condé Nast:

Fashion and lifestyle

Home

Bridal

Golf

Food

Travel

Technology

Culture

Time Inc.:

All You
Coastal Living
Cooking Light
Entertainment Weekly
Essence
Fortune
Golf Magazine
Health
InStyle
Money
People
People en Espanol
People StyleWatch
Real Simple
Southern Living
Sports Illustrated
Sports Illustrated Kids
Sunset
This Old House
Time
Time For Kids

Hoping to get Jenn Pozner and maybe even the Women’s Media Center to comment on this. One of the arguments that is often made about coverage of women has to do with how business and editorial don’t have nearly enough women in charge and that alone changes when women get covered as well as how women get covered. I’m guessing one or more of these men have daughters. Will that influence their choices? (Don’t bother with the “should it matter” retort – yes – it should.)

2 thoughts on “When New is Old: The Men in Charge of Women’s Magazines

  1. Fascinating – thanks, Tish. I’d like to learn more about why Ann Moore is no longer at Time and I’d love to learn more about Cathleen Black’s three decades referenced in the article. What is it in the corporate structure of media that is so impenetrable for women even in the 21st Century?

  2. Hi Jill–I’ve been doing a lot of fashion mag reading recently (gearing up for a new fashion style blog for women over 40) and am horrified by the numbers of men who control women’s fashion industry. They are in almost all facets of it with few women anywhere. It’s mind-boggling, but, to me, also explains a lot about the over-emphasis on youth (as well as lack of grown women) in the fashion industry. It’s true they’re looking at dollars, but they are incredibly out of touch with women of their own generation. IMO, and from what I read in WWD (the industry/business fashion pub) is that women just never get into the business end of it all. That seems to be where the problem lies.

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