In Washington, there are so many events going on at one time. Most times, it makes it hard to pick what you want to cover.
A recent week was kind of slow. From what I could tell, there weren’t really many interesting things going on in the city. But there was one particular event that caught my eye, a luncheon at the Woman’s National Democratic Club featuring Renee Poussaint.
I had definitely heard her name before, but I couldn’t exactly place where or how. So I Googled her name, read her bio and found out that Poussaint is an award-winning former network correspondent. She’s anchored the ABC’s evening news, substituting for Peter Jennings, and has done news segments on “Good Morning America.” This is a big deal! When she started to address the room, she captured my interest even more.
“I’m afraid that we’re losing track of who we are and where we are going,” Pouissant said. “And the media is helping us to do that, in part because stories about women tend to fall through the cracks, and they fall through the crack because for the most part, women are not the top ones in the board rooms, making the decisions.”
The more I let my mind marinate in her words, the more I realized, she was right. The experience just made me want to work harder to be at the top of my game. Women make up half of the population, and here standing in front of me, was a woman who succeeded against the odds. Yet, she still worked her way up from a job as a news writer at a TV station to an award-winning network correspondent and anchor. It was such a great experience.
The Woman’s National Democratic Club was founded to engage members (men as well) in public policy. It seemed fitting that she spoke there.
I was the only reporter who attended the event, but all of the ladies were really excited to have me there. Almost immediately, I got bombarded with questions about what organization I was with and where I went to school. I even met a lady who graduated from my school. We exchanged information because she wanted to make sure to keep in touch with me.
Pouissant was very well recognized by the crowd. Her insight on the media in today’s age was amazing. It seemed to make the audience stop and think about what she was saying. I know I did.