Monday, October 05, 2009

A Woman's Nation

Don't faint. Gender-challenged, or hotbed of misogyny (take your pick) NBC is set to devote a "significant" amount of time to coverage of "the current state of women in America." This startling and rare media attention paid to women will be based on a study initiated by Maria Shriver, The Shriver Report: A Woman's Nation Changes Everything.

The news division is planning to include coverage related to the study over a full week of its evening newscast and three mornings on the “Today” show. Ms. Shriver will be a guest on “Meet the Press” Oct. 18 to begin the reports. NBC News is calling Ms. Shriver a guest editor for the coverage. Other outlets owned by NBC Universal also will be involved, including the cable channels CNBC and MSNBC, the Spanish-language channel Telemundo and the Web site iVillage.

This is Shriver's attempt to update Jack Kennedy's (her uncle) famed Commission on the Status of Women, which was chaired by Eleanor Roosevelt a full half century ago. That was the 1960s study that directly led to the formation of the National Organization for Women (NOW) and less directly to all feminist hell breaking loose via the women's liberation movement.

Clearly the ramifications of 2008 are still to be felt.

Karlyn Bowman reports that Maria Shriver will offer a preview of the study this week on MSNBC. The study will be released on October 18 at: A Woman's Nation.

Gee, I wonder if Shriver will appear on Meet the Press with an otherwise all male panel.