NYT Celebrates “Working Mom” Megyn Kelly Of Fox News, As If She’s Some Sort Of Novelty
5:08 pm, December 11th | by Hillary Reinsberg
It’s hard to believe that women still have to defend their right to take a maternity leave, but Fox News’ Megyn Kelly at least took the criticism in stride. Yet, it’s a little worrisome that we’re so impressed by the sight of a woman, yes, holding her ground.
When Kelly received some heat for taking three months off, she didn’t defend just herself, she defended all working women. As a profile of Kelly in today’s New York Times Style section explains:
“We’re populating the human race,” she said later of women on maternity leave. “It’s not a vacation. It’s hard, important work.”
While it’s great that Kelly’s taken a stance, it’s a little disturbing that the Times is still amazed by a woman who’s able to juggle a career and kids — which really is the crux of the piece. I mean, it’s almost 2012 here.
Ms. Kelly, 41, is part of a new generation of TV anchors — Erica Hill of “The Early Show” on CBS, Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and Soledad O’Brien, formerly of “American Morning” on CNN — who have juggled their careers and family life full-throttle in front of millions of viewers in a way that Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer notably did not.
It’s true, Walters and Sawyer may have had it differently. After all, Walters is 82 and Sawyer 65. The shocking part, to me, is that in the end of 2011, we’re still having to defend things like maternity leave. Kelly is exactly half the age of Walters. She’s 41 years younger. One would certainly hope that Kelly has it different, then, than Walters. It’s a little jarring that we’re impressed by this small stride.