Nancy Gibbs: A Female First

Sara Spritzer

Time Magazine recently hired Nancy Gibbs as the managing editor of the influential magazine. Gibbs is the “first managing editor to wear pumps — so far as we know.” Time, which has been published for 90 years, has never had a woman hold the title of managing editor, and Gibbs is well deserving of it.

Gibbs worked for Time for 28 years before becoming the top editor. She shattered the glass ceiling that so many women have a hard time fighting. It’s an accomplishment that empowers women all over the country, and they should be cheering everywhere.


Gibbs graduated from Yale University and started working at Times in 1985 as a fact-checker. Her first story was published in 1988, and she wrote about the lives of senior citizens in the US. Gibbs won the National Magazine Award in 2002 for her coverage of the September 11 attacks. She has covered more than 100 cover stories. She was named one of the top ten magazines writers in 2003 and has been interviewed on talk shows such as The Today Show and Charlie Rose.

Gibbs is the co-author of two best-selling presidential history books: “The President’s Club: Inside the World’s Most Exclusive Fraternity” and “The Preacher and the Presidents: Billy Graham in the White House”.

Gibbs is a mother of two daughters, and her, her husband, and their children live in New York. This is just another tough stereotype she broke. Who said mothers can’t be successful in their jobs and their family life?

Although Gibbs is the first female managing editor of Times, there are other women breaking through that ceiling all over the news industry. The New York Times had a female executive editor, and network women anchors of evening news. These women are making waves in the news industry.

These are the types of women we should be highlighting in the media. Gibbs is a strong, smart, and notable woman. Her story should not be skimmed or moved to the wayside. She should be the cover; she should be the headline. It’s women like Gibbs who give me hope that I will be able to break through that glass ceiling and become who I want to be. She is an inspiration to all.


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