Oprah’s Rise Above Gender Biases.
Gender roles and stereotypes have existed since the beginning of time. Universally, women struggled to prove their way in a “man’s world.” In the movies Citizen Kane and Network the struggle for women is evident. In Kane the news staff is almost entirely men. In Network, the character of Diana Christensen is a head strong, determined, programmer who was willing to the do what she needed to succeed. Though these movies are fictional, the struggle for women is real. Oprah Winfrey is one the world’s most influential women. She defeated gender biases, racial stereotypes, and became one of the most successful women of our time.
Oprah Winfrey started her rise in the media in 1971, when she was hired to read the news on WVOL. From then on Oprah was unstoppable. She became the first black news anchor and later was given her own talk show, which won its first two Emmy’s in 1987. Oprah also held a religious career. She was the leader of her own “congregation” and on her last program she discussed her “yellow brick road of blessings” and stated that “Amazing Grace is the song of her life.” The number of Americans that Oprah has touched is countless. Oprah now owns her own television network, magazine, and radio station. Oprah Winfrey’s success peaked when the development of the OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) began. This accomplishment shows the extent to which Oprah has spread her legacy. OWN consists of over 60 different segments, from daily shows to special occasion segments, OWN has it all. Aside from being a media icon, she is also an author. Oprah has based her career on the genuine empathy she has for the world around her. Her generosity and philanthropic attitude is effervescent. There is no doubt that Oprah Winfrey is a woman who has earned her fame and fortune. Oprah Winfrey is a successful, influential, and driven woman who has worked her way into fame. Though Oprah lives an extremely luxurious life now, she was not always as...
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