This has been a banner election cycle for women, thanks to the Clinton and Palin candidacies and the heavy play given to "traditional 'women’s issues'" like health care. Maybe that’s why glass shards are falling from the ceiling around TV newsrooms, writes Rebecca Traister in Salon. “Anchor chairs were crawling with women,” Traister writes, with three in particular—Katie Couric, Campbell Brown and Rachel Maddow—emerging as stars.
Couric proved herself an elite interviewer when she cornered Sarah Palin in an interrogation so deadly “the Jaws music might as well have played in the background.” Maddow and Brown meanwhile have rocketed to punditry’s elite ranks in record time. But none of the women thought gender was a key to their success. “I don’t agree at all,” says Brown. “There are women who are getting a lot of attention. But that’s about the journalism, not because we’re women.” (Read more women stories.)