Elle magazine announced on Wednesday its list of the “10 MOST POWERFUL WOMEN IN D.C.” In an unveiling on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Elle Editor-in-Chief Robbie Myers said, “Power is the ultimate chic thing.”
Such a glossy comment.
Elle’s list included such individuals as Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii); Ilyse Hogue, the president of NARAL Pro-Choice America; Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker and others.
The selection that most intrigued the Erik Wemple Blog was that of Kim Kingsley, Politico’s chief operating officer. No quibble with the credentials: Kingsley has played a major role in shepherding the seven-year-old publication from startup to agenda-setter, piloting the publication’s strategy of placing its reporters on TV and radio shows across the commentary spectrum. She has also led a noteworthy drive into the events business, including the high-profile “Women Rule” series, sponsored by Google and the Tory Burch Foundation.
The killer part of the Kingsley-Elle combo was the quote published in the profile: “Early on, the men would have impromptu meetings behind closed doors to talk about the future of” Politico, said Kingsley. “I always looked at those rooms and wanted a seat at the table. After a while, I just started opening the door, walking in, and sitting at the table.” Oh, what would the Erik Wemple Blog have given for that quote last year around this time, when we wrote a piece on gender issues at Politico.
Too bad we didn’t think of doing a Top 10 list.
Just after Elle rolled out its list, Politico announced its speakers for today’s “Women Rule” get-together, a list that included … Robbie Myers, the aforementioned top editor at Elle magazine. As a Politico story on the event explained, “Under Meyers’s [sic] direction, the magazine has been touted as a women’s publication that is strong on both style and substance. She got her start in the business by picking up the phone to call Jann Wenner, the founder of Rolling Stone, and was hired within a week. Last year, she stepped up to staunchly defend women’s magazines when The New Republic sought to denigrate them, in a piece titled ‘Can Women’s Magazines Do Serious Journalism?‘ ”
Kingsley didn’t respond on the record about this turn of events. A spokeswoman for Elle gave the Erik Wemple Blog this statement: “The women on the list were chosen months ago, so it is a happy coincidence that the Women Rule event is falling on the same day as our dinner to celebrate the women on the list. We’re thrilled to be a part of both.”