But how were they picked? The paper says only that the 20 were "chosen for business distinction and impact they’ll make this year."
Were they nominated by a panel of judges with expertise on women in business? Did editors turn to science, analyzing a database of all those 260,000 women to find the truly best? Why was the list limited to only 20? Why not 50, 100 or 150?
Never mind, dear reader. In the end, this alphabetized list-icle -- online, anyway -- is a breezy, upbeat series of short paragraphs describing many of the usual suspects. There are a couple lawyers, a police officer, several healthcare executives. Many are white, some are black, at least one's Hispanic. (Diversity!)
|Screenshot of Washburn entry|
"Carolyn Washburn, editor and vice president, the Enquirer and Cincinnati.com. In 2012: Carolyn Washburn leads the region's largest news-gathering organization as it expands its print, digital and mobile reach, including introduction this fall of a new, more compact Enquirer. Her goal: More investigations, watchdog reports, storytelling, community leadership, reader engagement. Besides the Enquirer, Washburn oversees content of Cincinnati.com, 238 community web sites, a growing mobile business, a social network operation and 26 community newspapers. Resident of: Anderson Township. Age: 49. Family: Married, two daughters and a son. Note: Washburn did not participate in the selection of these 20 women."
It must have been a big surprise, then, when she read this morning's paper!
Earlier: In another incredible story, WUSA-TV features CEO Martore.