What an advance those female editors at women's magazines set for women in the workplace. Let's see, we had Ita Buttrose as editor of Women's Weekly, Dulcie Boling at New Idea and Nene King at Woman's Day. All were very successful at their jobs and well respected.
Now, we have ummm, errrr, well we have women in high places such as our Prime Minister and our Governor General. But....well, where are the woman who are in positions of influence in the media? Of course the whole women's magazine scene has changed and I am not sure that that the old model will always remain viable.
Is the modern equivalent Wendy Harmer's Hoopla? I quite enjoy Hoopla. It is easy to skim through and at times find something of interest, even for a bloke. It takes a look at more serious world matters with contributors such as Monica Attard, among others.
I suppose we do have Gail Kelly as CEO of Westpac Bank and the world's sixth richest woman, Gina Rinehart but they are both all about making money for themselves and their companies. As much as they might like to think they influence public opinion (yes Gina, pointing at you) I don't know that they do.
Who are the woman's magazine editors now? Fiona Connolly edits Woman's Day. Heard of her? Woman's Weekly? Helen McCabe. I've not heard of her. New Idea? Kim Wilson, but not the one we of a certain age think of.
This in an unfinished post, the kind of post I would go back to polish many times while expanding it, to get the nuances correct, and yet I might never publish it. I am over doing that so I publish it raw and at the same time as I publish another post.
Just to conclude, I don't pay to read Hoopla and I have never paid to read to read a hard copy of a woman's magazine.