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Women's group launches petition for CBS to pick female news anchor

Women's group launches petition for CBS to pick female news anchor
© Greg Nash

A women's group led by Gloria Steinem and Jane Fonda has launched a petition demanding that CBS News hire a woman to replace Scott Pelley as "CBS Evening News" anchor. 

“For most of television history, the anchors of the weekday evening network newscasts — ABC, CBS, NBC — have been men. In fact, only two women, Katie Couric and Diane Sawyer, have ever been solo anchors,” a Women's Media Center statement said.

"It’s 2017, long past time to have at least one woman anchoring the weekday evening network news." 

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The petition garnered more than 1,000 supporters as of Friday morning.  

The Center says a number of female journalists are qualified for the job, citing CBS’s Gayle King, Norah O’Donnell and Elaine Quijano; CNN’s Dana Bash and Christiane Amanpour; ABC’s Robin Roberts and Cecilia Vega; NBC’s Andrea Mitchell and Kelly O’Donnell; and former CNN morning anchor Soledad O’Brien. 

The group is using the hashtag #HireHer to drum up support. 

CBS has had only seven anchors in its 69-year history: Douglas Edwards, Walter Cronkite, Dan Rather (including two years co-anchoring with Connie Chung), Bob Schieffer, Katie Couric and Scott Pelley.