Lynn Povich

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Lynn Povich
Born Washington D.C., United States
Occupation Journalist, editor, author
Spouse(s) Jeffrey Young (m. 1967- 1976; divorced)
Stephen B. Shepard[1] (m. 1979-)
Children Sara
Parent(s) Shirley Povich (father)
Ethyl Povich (née Friedman) (mother)
Family David Povich (brother)
Maury Povich (brother)

Lynn Povich (born 1943) is an award-winning[2] journalist who has spent more than 40 years in the news business. After graduating from Vassar, she began her career as a secretary in the Paris Bureau of Newsweek magazine, rising to become a reporter and writer in New York. In 1970, she was one of a group of women who sued the magazine for sex discrimination. Five years later, she was appointed the first woman Senior Editor in Newsweek’s history.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Lynn Povich is the daughter of Ethyl and The Washington Post sports journalist Shirley Povich. She majored in modern European history at Vassar College,[citation needed] and in June 1965, left to work as a secretary in the Newsweek's Paris bureau. There she worked with Elizabeth Peer, Newsweek's first female foreign correspondent, who Povich would later consider "[o]ne of the great influences of my life."[3] After a year and a half abroad, she returned to New York in November 1966 as a researcher for Newsweek and married Jeffery Young in June of next year. In March 1969, she became a junior writer.[citation needed]


In 1970, Eleanor Holmes Norton represented sixty female employees of Newsweek (including Povich) who had filed a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that Newsweek had a policy of only allowing men to be reporters.[4][5] The women won, and Newsweek agreed to allow women to be reporters.[4] The day the claim was filed, Newsweek's cover article was "Women in Revolt", covering the feminist movement; the article was written by a woman who had been hired on a freelance basis since there were no female reporters at the magazine.[5]


In 2005, for the 100th anniversary of the Washington Post. she published a collection of Shirley Povich's sports journalism, All those mornings-- at the Post : the twentieth century in sports from famed Washington post writer Shirley Povich.[6] According to WorldCat, the book is held in 243 libraries.[7]

She also published in 2012 a book called The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued their Bosses and Changed the Workplace detailing the lawsuits.[8] According to WorldCat, the book is held in 756 libraries.[9]

A series of interviews with her was published by the Washington Press Club Foundation in its oral history project, "Women in journalism".[10]


  1. ^ The New York Times
  2. ^ a b
  3. ^ Stivers, Cyndi (July–August 2012). "The sixth W". Columbia Journalism Review. Retrieved April 24, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Newsweek Agrees to End Sex Discrimination Policy". Eugene Register-Guard, via Google News. Associated Press. August 28, 1970. 
  5. ^ a b Lynn Povich (2013). The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued their Bosses and Changed the Workplace. PublicAffairs. ISBN 978-1610393263. 
  6. ^ New York : Public Affairs, 2005
  7. ^ WorldCat item record
  8. ^ New York : PublicAffairs, 2012 ISBN 9781610391733
  9. ^ WorldCat item record
  10. ^ Interviews with Lynn Povich recorded by Mary Marshall Clark; Washington : Washington Press Club Foundation, 1994.

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