Emmy Award-Winning Broadcast Journalist
Women in journalism and the media have come a long way from the old boys club that used to plague the industry. One of the women who helped pave the way to better equality is Roz Abrams, the legendary broadcast journalist. She joins us in this interview to advise that while times have changed for women, there is still so much that we can do to further equality. We’re not out of the inequality woods yet! Read on to see what Abrams has to say about striving for equality in the workplace and beyond.
Roz Abrams is something of a broadcast journalism icon.
She became the first African-American journalist to join WABC-TV, the second anchorwoman of color in the New York City television market, and the first African-American vice president of the Atlanta Press Club.
She’s won an Emmy, a Gracie Award, an Ed Bradley Lifetime Achievement Award, a New York Association of Black Journalists Award, and the Elinor Guggenheimer Lifetime Achievement Award.
In addition to blazing media trails for women and people of color, she also got to play herself in prominent movies such as the 2005 film War of The Worlds. Did we mention she was fierce!
In the midst of all of her success, Abrams still likes to advocate for one thing: helping her fellow woman!
Roz Abrams has achieved many “firsts” in her career as a powerful woman of color in the media industry.
As a pioneer for women and people of color in a male-dominated industry, Abrams faced many trials and tribulations. But that didn’t stop her from having the fulfilling career she always knew she was capable of. And now she uses her success as a way to advocate for her fellow working women.
She believes women should be able to achieve success and equal opportunities in their careers.
One way she is advocating for change is by encouraging businesses and industries alike to create a culture where women are able to thrive.
She also wants to make sure that women everywhere know their worth and their value! Self-worth is so important.
Abrams has a great story for how she began to acknowledge her own worth. It was inspired by the boss Oprah Winfrey herself. Abrams remembers her younger self lacking the confidence and courage that makes her who she is today. Until she saw Oprah out there killing it!
Abrams was so empowered by Oprah, a strong, curvy, women of color, handling her business with the best of them. She snapped out of her self conscious shell right away and realized she could handle her own business just as well as Oprah. The rest is history.
Creating a culture where women can thrive can be challenging. So can realizing your worth. As women, we are often lead to believe that we have to compete with each other for everything. For jobs, for money, for successful careers. There’s only room for a few women at the top, so we need to fight at all costs to get there.
This, of course, is false. If you are successful, that doesn’t mean you are taking success away from any other woman. There’s room for all women at the top. Learn from Abrams. Become empowered by other women, and let that empowerment drive your career as far as you want it to. Women helping women is a message Abrams will always advocate for.
Inspire someone. Become inspired by other women. Share your story and help spread the stories of other women. Tell us about all the women who have empowered you. We’d love to hear!
Women helping women for the win!