Pat Mitchell - Becoming a Dangerous Woman (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Sunday, November 10, 2019 - 3:00pm

Pat Mitchell has won 37 Emmy awards and five Peabodys for her work as a pioneering journalist and media executive. She was the first woman to host a national television show created entirely by women; the first President of CNN Productions; the first female president of PBS; and the first journalist to get Fidel Castro on camera stating that yes, those warheads aimed at the United States were armed with nuclear material. Taking personal and career risks, she traveled to in El Salvador, Sarajevo and the Middle East to report the stories of women on the frontlines of conflict and peace-making. After an accomplished career in media, leveraging her positions to elevate women’s representation, she is currently focused on connecting women leaders to optimize the power of women working together. 

So when she was invited to a strategy session on how best to protect and advance women’s rights in the wake of President Trump’s inauguration, she was quick to agree. But as she sat in the circle of movie stars, activists, and presidents of international organizations, she wasn’t sure how to introduce herself. How could she explain, in a few words, why she deserved to be in the room? When her turn came, she heard herself saying: “I’m Pat Mitchell, and I’m a dangerous woman.”

Becoming a Dangerous Woman: Embracing Risk to Change the World offers instructive anecdotes and hard-earned insight from Mitchell’s extraordinary life, alongside interviews with dangerous women including director Ava DuVernay; journalist Christiane Amanpour, Democratic leader Stacey Abrams, activist and scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw, Mary Robinson (former President of Ireland), and many others.

When Mitchell first identified herself as a “dangerous woman” she was thinking that, having already had a successful career, she had “little to lose and less to prove,” as she put it, when standing up to injustice. Now, she says, she realizes that women can be dangerous at any age. All it takes—and this is no small thing—is a willingness to rebel against what society expects of you, to embrace your full power to create systemic change, to do what you know is right even and especially when the people in charge call you crazy. Women who do those things are dangerous to a power structure that traditionally sidelines women, or worse. 

Mitchell’s story is not all glamour and success—or even mostly. Mitchell is very clear about the mistakes she made along the way, especially when it comes to money. She also talks about the sexual abuse she experienced as a child, and the harassment from certain male colleagues as an adult. Though Becoming a Dangerous Woman tells the story of a woman who witnessed—and made—history, it’s also a road map for others on their own journeys to become more dangerous… complete with the views of historic landmarks and the very large potholes in the road.

Pat Mitchell is the Editorial Director of TEDWomen, chair of the Women’s Media Center and Sundance Institute boards, a founding board member of the V-Day global movement to end violence against women, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She lives in Atlanta and New York—but mostly on airplanes.

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ISBN: 9781580059299
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Published: Seal Press - October 8th, 2019

An intimate and inspiring memoir and call to action from Pat Mitchell -- groundbreaking media icon, global advocate for women's rights, and co-founder and curator of TEDWomen