I want to wear makeup. Does that make me less of a feminist?
Sow: Do you feel good when you wear makeup? Great. Do you feel burdened by it? Not great.
Friedman: When I look at the things I enjoy — like lipstick — I think about why I enjoy it and why I’m doing it. I don’t think you feel bad about doing it if it makes you feel awesome.
What are your thoughts about crying in the office?
Sow: It’s all about context: If you’re having an emotional day and you cry, that’s 100 percent human. If you work at a place where crying is a part of your job, you should examine what you’re doing.
People complain about vocal fry — a low speech vibration at the end of a word — particularly in women. As women in broadcasting, what do you say to that?
Friedman: I think it’s something both men and women do. To say it’s a woman-only way of talking is a total myth.
What’s the best piece of career advice you’ve ever gotten?
Sow: Our friend who brought us together always says be the talent at work. Find a way to differentiate yourself and be an expert in something you own.
Friedman: Don’t be a martyr if you volunteer for the crap work. Don’t think that putting in the most hours will get people to notice and reward you for it. I don’t think life works that way. Women have been told to volunteer for s—ty things they don’t want to do and they’ll be rewarded. That’s not necessarily true.
Who are your current girl crushes?
Sow: All the women I want in my life are in my life. But I guess the forever answer is Oprah.
Friedman: Rebecca Traister [author of “All the Single Ladies”] is a friend, but I had a crush on her when she answered a tricky question about single women at an event recently. She was profound and political and compassionate.