To love what you do and feel that it matters—how could anything be more fun?
Katharine Graham was an American publisher who, for over two decades, successfully led her family’s newspaper, the Washington Post.
Her father bought the bankrupt Washington Post in 1933 and later handed over control to her husband. When her husband committed suicide, Katharine took over the paper as president in 1963, a time when women were primarily in charge of their households. She wrote a terrific memoir, Personal History, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1998. In it she said, “I had very little idea of what I was supposed to be doing, so I set out to learn. What I essentially did was to put one foot in front of the other, shut my eyes, and step off the edge.”
And learn she did! Katharine has been noted as one of the 20th century’s most powerful and interesting women. You rock, Katharine. Thanks for being such an incredible role model for women.
Photo: John Moore