Why Katie Couric is rethinking the past
Katie Couric is starting a conversation on gender inequality in the workplace and attempting to answer why so many women struggle to reach the next level in their industries, particularly in technology and media. The latest episode of her new National Geographic series "America Inside Out with Katie Couric” tackles just that. Couric joined “Salon Talks” to unpack the episode, called “The Revolt,” and how the reality that the story she set out to tell last summer has since coincided with the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements and brought on a much deeper conversation about power dynamics and men in every industry.
Couric reflected back on when she started on NBC’s “Today.” She was in her early 30s, Couric shared with Salon, and had “a fair amount of power and authority,” which came with a hidden benefit. “I was sort of oblivious to some of the challenges that a lot of these women were facing,” Couric said. “Of course I, you know, I had my own experiences that were really relatively mild compared to some of the other things that people were undergoing. And it's just been very interesting for me and educational to understand the power dynamics in a workplace and sort of how they affect relationships.”Watch the video above to hear how Couric thinks industry leaders should respond to the #MeToo movement and why company-wide changes could be motivated by fear. Check out the full episode to learn more about the NatGeo series and why Couric is taking on uncomfortable topics and making difficult conversations around race and sex a little bit easier to have. Tune in for SalonTV's live shows, "Salon Talks" and "Salon Stage", daily at noon ET / 9 a.m. PT and 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT, streaming live on Salon, Facebook and Periscope..