In the aftermath of the sad passing of NBC news reporter and moderator of "Meet of the Press" Tim Russert, NBC announced yesterday that Tom Brokaw would be coming out of retirement to be the host of the famous program through the US elections of 2008.
I like Tom Brokaw, he was my favorite news anchor when I watched the evening news. But is this all NBC could find? Was there no one on the bench ready to suit up? Were there no women in the cue? The only viable alternative was to ask Tom to come out of retirement? Really?
I've seen this play out in other places too. Big jobs, opportunities abound, and the spots are filled with men that get pulled out of retirement, or given to men who should be in retirement. Hillary being the only viable female candidate, just one, is another example of the lack of bench strength we have built as women.
Where are we?
Bottom line... we've lost our place in line. Or perhaps have we stepped out of line knowingly. I believe it's a combination of both, and neither helps the next generation of women and girls. So as Tom Brokaw moves towards retirement yet again in November, I hope that there's someone from my team ready to suit up.