The Old Girls’ Club sat in a corner of the newsroom the men referred to as “the fallopian jungle,” and swiftly became the broadcaster’s earliest stars.
“It was a period in which most news outlets were openly hostile to the very notion of hiring a female correspondent. ‘All of us have stories of being told, outright, ‘We don’t hire women’ or ‘We have our woman’,’ she says.
In part, Totenberg says, NPR had no choice: salaries were so low that few men were willing to take jobs there. The inadvertent result was a roster of young female talent now considered among the most respected names in radio: Totenberg, Cokie Roberts, Linda Wertheimer, and Susan Stamberg, a group affectionately known as the ‘Founding Mothers’.”