Entertainment Miss America taps women for leadership spots

16:51  17 may  2018
16:51  17 may  2018 Source:   ap.org

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“The women ’s movement has long had problems with the Miss America institution,” Huber said, protesting it back in 1968 for promoting an “ideal” appearance for women . “The current controversy shows that those in leadership at MAO have learned little about women in the ensuing half-century.

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In this Aug. 30, 2017 photo contestants attend a welcoming ceremony for the Miss America competition on the Atlantic City, N.J., Boardwalk. On Thursday, May 17, 2018, the Miss America Organization announced it has installed women in the organization's three top leadership posts following an email scandal last winter involving male leaders. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)© The Associated Press In this Aug. 30, 2017 photo contestants attend a welcoming ceremony for the Miss America competition on the Atlantic City, N.J., Boardwalk. On Thursday, May 17, 2018, the Miss America Organization announced it has installed women in the organization's three top leadership posts following an email scandal last winter involving male leaders. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The Miss America Organization is putting women in its three top leadership positions following an email scandal involving former male leaders of the scholarship group.

The organization tells The Associated Press it is appointing Regina Hopper as president and CEO of the Miss America Organization, and Marjorie Vincent-Tripp as chairwoman of the board of the Miss America Foundation.

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“It has been important to the Directors that incoming leadership be provided with what it needs to drive this American icon in a new direction.” said Meyers. The Miss America Organization is one of the nation’s leading achievement programs for young women .

Coupled with Gretchen Carlson leading the Miss America Organization's board of trustees, the group is moving on from the email scandal with women firmly in charge.

"By putting female leadership in place, we hope to send a strong signal." Hopper told the AP. "We want young women to see Miss America as a place where they can come and benefit and be empowered."

Hopper, a former Miss Arkansas, attorney and TV journalist, replaces Sam Haskell, whose emails about the intellect, appearance and sex lives of former Miss Americas led to his departure and a revamping of the group's top leadership in December. She is a former correspondent for CBS News, where she won an Emmy for her work on the show "48 Hours."

The scandal began when the Huffington Post published leaked emails showing pageant officials ridiculing past Miss Americas, including crass and sometimes vulgar comments about them. The emails included one that used a vulgar term for female genitalia to refer to past Miss America winners, one that wished that a particular former Miss America had died and others that speculated about how many sex partners one former Miss America has had.

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ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey (AP) — The top leadership of the Miss America Organization, implicated in an email scandal that targeted past pageant Weidner told the AP Saturday night she has “nothing but love for the Miss America Organization and the incredible women ” who comprise it.

The letter, first reported by HuffPost, said the women were "deeply disturbed and saddened to learn of the sickening and egregious words used by Miss America leadership in reference both to our group and to specific members of our sisterhood."

Haskell declined to comment on the new leadership.

Vincent-Tripp, who was Miss America 1991, formerly served on the Miss America Board of Trustees. She is an assistant attorney general in Florida, and formerly worked as a TV journalist. As chair of the Miss America Foundation, she is responsible for educating the public about the foundation's values and building public support.

Carlson, Miss America 1989, was named chairwoman of the Miss America board in January after the email scandal rocked the organization. Her sexual harassment lawsuit against Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes led to his departure.

Hopper said she hopes young women will realize that Miss America is now being led by women who have been through the program and have been helped by it, and that they will seek the same benefits from it.

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I wasn't a pageant girl. I never competed in a pageant, and I didn't grow up with anyone who did. But I imagine then, as is the case now, it was a way for young girls to socialize, perform, compete and have fun dressing up, and for young women to vie for valuable scholarships to which they might not have otherwise had access. It may not be for me, but who am I to judge how other women pursue their goals?For some, this is all very problematic in 2018. The reason why? #MeToo.

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