Barbara Walters Should Know Better

Hillary ClintonWhen Hillary Clinton was interviewed by Barbara Walters for the 2012 most fascinating people special, I appreciated learning about the number of countries former Secretary of State Clinton visited,  what she plans to do next, and what she thinks is the answer for Middle East peace. But I was disappointed to hear Walters ask the “very personal question” about how Secretary Clinton styles her hair.  Clinton was very gracious in her response and more magnanimous than I would have been in that position.

Of all people, Barbara Walters, who has been in television news perhaps longer than any other woman on television should know a sexist question when she asks one.

It may seem like a simple, innocent enough question, but I think it is at the root of why we have not had a woman president in the United States.

Asking her about her look doesn’t have any place in your line of questioning. So Barbara Walters, please don’t ask brilliant women leaders about their hair or any other aspect of their appearance.  You should know better.  We never *do* ask the men that question and we expect more from you.

5 Responses to “Barbara Walters Should Know Better”

  1. 1 Liz
    February 21, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    I couldn’t agree more, there is way too much emphasis placed on appearance for women. That’s why you see TV news anchors who go grey while woman are desperately trying to keep up the illusion of youth, Barbara included.

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