According to Radio World, the Women’s
recently urged President Barack Obama to appoint the first female chair of the
FCC in the agency’s 80-year history. In a letter signed by founders Jane Fonda,
Robin Morgan and Gloria Steinem noting the paucity of top jobs in media
currently held by women, they write: “Maybe there is no easy fix to getting
women into the top jobs in the telecom and media industries, but the government
watchdog can and should be headed by a woman.” They have an online petition
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Now, more than three dozen Senate Democrats have endorsed FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, for the top post.
A commissioner since last May, the 41-year-old was previously an advisor to Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee Chairman West Virginia Democrat Sen. Jay Rockefeller. The Commerce Committee has jurisdiction over the commission.
In a letter signed by 37 Senate Democrats, they ask Obama to give “serious consideration” to nominating Rosenworcel for the top FCC post. “By choosing a sitting commissioner that has established bipartisan Senate support, you can quickly install a proven leader at this important agency. That fact is particularly critical with the FCC in the middle of several significant rulemakings and other initiatives,” they write.
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On July 13, 2012, Politico designated Rosenworcel as one of 50 politicos to watch, describing her "as whip-smart and intensely serious".