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
Pat Mitchell is a serial ceiling smasher. The first woman to own and host a nationally syndicated daily talk show, and the first female president of CNN productions and PBS, Mitchell has been lauded as a powerful changemaker and a relentless advocate for women and girls.
In Becoming a Dangerous Woman, Mitchell shares her own path to power, from a childhood spent on a cotton farm in the South to her unprecedented rise in media and global affairs. Full of intimate, fascinating stories, such as an encounter with Fidel Castro while wearing a swimsuit, and traveling to war zones with Eve Ensler and Glenn, Becoming a Dangerous Woman is an inspiring call to arms for women who are ready to dismantle the barriers they see in their own lives.
Mitchell, former president of CNN and TEDWomen cofounder, chronicles her distinguished career in this engrossing debut that calls for all women to advocate for themselves and others. Born in rural Georgia to a military family, Mitchell met her father for the first time at age three, when he returned from WWII. She became an English professor and eventually moved to New York to pursue a career in journalism. After working her way up at WNBC New York as a reporter, anchor, and producer, she started her own production company and was recruited by Ted Turner to join CNN in 1994. Jumping back-and-forth across her life and career, Mitchell revisits relationships that helped shape her trajectory, such as those with Jane Fonda and Eve Ensler, and reveals traumas from her formative years that she has come to terms with thanks to therapy, including feelings of inadequacy and her being sexually abused as a child. Mitchell also includes interviews with other "dangerous women" who are unafraid of "speaking the truth when the silence is safer," among them director Ava DuVernay, first woman president of Ireland Mary Robinson, and actress Monique Wilson. In revealing, bold prose, Mitchell tells a remarkable story of perseverance that will inspire any reader.