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the beginning the whole role of women at the company, the discontent that ended up in the 1970 suit, what has happened since then?

Andrew Heiskell:

Well, I suppose that us and women were not too different from other companies and women. Except that the people that worked for us were articulate, outspoken, and prepared to be noisy. They were people of strong views, character and reasonably fearless. I think the issue on women were two. One: the feeling that they were never being promoted, and the other being the whole subject of the researcher category. The researchers were all women, rarely a man in there. And bit by bit that came to be seen as an indignity. I can't say that very many people in management paid much attention to the subject for many, many years. There was a strange dichotomy to it because the women, I'm talking about researchers, were discontent and at the same time, being a researcher on Time, or Life was about a good a job that a woman was apt to aspire for as she came out of college.

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Andrew Heiskell:

I can't remember any particular point when the women issue erupted other than the suit. And I have to say that somehow I didn't take the suit as seriously as maybe I should have. Because in my memory, it does not stand out as a major event. Maybe because by then I was too far removed, being that was '67?



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