Nancy Gibbs: She’s Ruling Time

August 14 - On The Dot
FIRST THOUGHT: Time for Change

Time magazine first hit the stands in 1923, and a woman graced its cover that very same year. Pretty remarkable, huh? Time’s first woman to be chosen as Person of the Year was an American socialite, and in 1975, American women were recognized as a whole on the cover. Plenty of women’s issues have graced the cover as well, including a recent issue featuring the Women’s March on Washington. While it certainly couldn’t have been easy for the editorial staff to suggest a woman appear on the cover only a few years after women got the right to vote, we are glad they did. Thank you to the women who make astounding cover-worthy strides, and thanks to the men who acknowledge it!


Just because we’ve had nearly a century of voting rights doesn’t mean women have it easy in America. And according to a recent study by the Pew Research Center, women today are feeling mighty hesitant about the fate of the United States, with only 29 percent of women saying they feel confident about the country’s future. That’s a pretty big drop from 2015, when women said they were 43 percent confident in America’s future. Meanwhile, men don’t seem to be very worried, as 53 percent said they have lots of confidence in what lies ahead for the U.S.

WOMAN TO WATCH: Nancy Gibbs, Editor-in-Chief of Time Magazine

Whenever you’re bored at work, take a trip down the internet rabbit hole and figure out how many women are leading the companies you love. Not to name names, but I know of several companies that claim they’re for women but are, in fact, owned and operated by men. No wonder men feel confident about the future!

One name that might pop up in your research is Nancy Gibbs, the esteemed editor-in-chief of the prestigious and historic publication Time magazine—and the first woman to hold the post. With 65 million readers worldwide, it’s a lot to handle, and as the first female editor, it’s also a whole lot of pressure. But Nancy commands the job with grace, thoughtfulness and a ton of strong-willed conviction.

Nancy’s rise to the top came through plenty of hard work, which is apparent with a quick glance at her resume, which is fan-freaking-tastic! Her journey started in 1985, when Nancy was hired by Time as a fact checker, then worked as a writer and editor before moving up to senior-management positions.

A prolific writer, Nancy has composed more cover stories for Time than any other writer in the magazine’s history, even earning a National Magazine Award for her cover story in Time’s special issue. One of Nancy’s fortes, aside from being a beacon in the publishing industry, is the world of politics. She’s written two best-selling books in the genre and covered four presidential campaigns.

Dubbed by Politico Media as “the Babe Ruth” of Time for her productivity, Nancy is looking to the future by taking the publication into a more online-focused space, garnering loads of digital readers throughout the world.

Thanks, Nancy, for shattering the glass ceiling at Time. We can’t wait for the day when the magazine decides to honor its own newsworthy editorial maven on the cover. After all, it’s about dang time!


With Nancy Gibbs in mind, today’s quote comes from Christiane Amanpour, news anchor and CNN’s longtime chief international correspondent, who said this at a recent Women’s Media Center Awards ceremony:

“Everything is healthier when there is parity. Everything. Gender equality is not domination; it’s justice.”

This is Melinda Garvey signing off until next time. Remember, ladies, empowered women empower other women. Share On the Dot so more women can have a voice. Thanks for getting ready with us.

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