Women in the news industry are #MoreThanABabe, and they are making sure that it’s well known.
According to HuffPost, female reporters, anchors and meteorologists are flooding Twitter with the hashtag as a form of protest against a “radio station in Little Rock, Arkansas, that has refused to end its long-running ‘Babe Bracket’ ranking local female reporters and anchors by attractiveness.”
HuffPost says that the bracket, which has been run for over two decades by KABZ-FM 103.7, has been “pitting 16 women against each other,” with a “morning show’s listeners ultimately voting on who makes it through each round.” But in the wake of the #MeToo movement, female professionals from around the country and in all facets of the media industry are speaking up and fighting back.
“I am a working mom of two, a wife, a daughter, an AMS Certified Meteorologist, a math and science nerd, a video game enthusiast 🙂 and SO much more. I choose not to be ranked based solely on my looks because I am #morethanababe,” tweeted Natalie Walters, a meteorologist at FOX16 and KARK4 News in Little Rock.
“I worked harder than the next person to get to where I am in my career. I work on my days off to network and inspire. I moderate a group of thousands of women, so they can feel supported. I am #morethanababe,” tweeted Debra Alfarone, a news anchor at WUSA9 in Washington, D.C.
It’s safe to say that these hard-working women are #MoreThanABabe.