Women’s History Month Profiles: Katharine Graham, Washington Post Publisher and First Female CEO of a Fortune 500 Company

During Women’s History Month, Fair360, formerly DiversityInc is honoring a series of woman innovators and history makers like Katharine Graham, who are often overlooked in mainstream media coverage and history books. Check back throughout March to learn about more important figures.

Born: June 16, 1917, New York City
Died: July 17, 2001, Boise, Idaho
Best known for: being the publisher of The Washington Post and transforming it into a leading newspaper in the U.S.

Katharine Graham was one of the first women to be a publisher of an American newspaper and the first-ever woman to be CEO of a Fortune 500 company. Under her, The Washington Post famously published the Pentagon Papers and reported on the Watergate scandal, which defines the power of American journalism to this day.

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