WICT Southeast Celebrates 40 Years!
Reflections from our history…40 years in the making
Throughout the year we will be highlighting quotes, stories and more from former WICT Southeast leaders and members.
Jill Slavin, National President & Former WICT SE Board Member (1980-1996), on change in the workplace:
I am 79 years old, a member of the Betty Friedan, Gloria Steinem generation and I find it very discouraging to find that, 1) Younger women have no idea of what has been done for them and 2) Sexism is still alive and well. In the cable industry, the glass ceiling was shattered a long time ago – Geraldine Laybourne was founder and president of Nickelodeon and several other women headed up large networks and cable channels.
When I was national president in the early nineties, the challenge was for women to obtain board seats. I also find it discouraging to hear “I’m no feminist, but…”. If men and women do not pick up the feminist banner, it’s not going to happen. If women still allow men to think they are “helping” with the housework it’s not going to happen. If women drop out of the workforce for years to have children, it’s not going to happen. It’s not easy to “have it all” but if you want it it’s doable.
#metoo and #timesup on the other hand give me hope. It’s real and it needs to be fixed and I salute the brave women who are carrying the banner. I have been happily married for 58 years and traveled extensively on business for my entire career. I was never assaulted but I was approached and demeaned many times in many ways. I swallowed hard and moved on. I wish I had been braver.”
To learn more about this WICT SE trailblazer visit: https://www.cablecenter.org/programs/the-hauser-oral-history-project/s-listings/jill-slavin.html
Congratulations to the WICT Southeast Chapter on 40 years of creating women leaders. As one of the oldest & largest chapters in the WICT network, I’m in awe of all the Southeast Chapter offers to our local members. Thank you for being a shining example of success to the entire WICT community!
Maria E. Brennan, CAE
President & CEO
Women in Cable Telecommunications