CNN anchors Brooke Baldwin against the network over the lack of women in leadership

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CNN's Brooke Baldwin (pictured), who is leaving the network this month, has slammed the company for lack of female leaders, just months after she was taken off the air and replaced by Jake Tapper

CNN’s Brooke Baldwin (pictured), who is leaving the network this month, has slammed the company for lack of female leaders, just months after she was taken off the air and replaced by Jake Tapper

Outgoing CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin, who is leaving the network this month, has slammed the company over the lack of female leaders just months after she was taken off the air and replaced by Jake Tapper.

Baldwin announced in February that she would be leaving the liberal network after 13 years. At the time, Baldwin made the shocking announcement at the start of her 3pm show, CNN Newsroom, telling viewers ‘there’s just more I need to do beyond the walls of this place.’

Prior to her departure, Baldwin, who first joined CNN in 2008, sat down for an interview with Mrs. Magazine podcast in which she described CNN as a male-dominated network.

“The most influential anchors on our network, the highest paid, are men. My bosses, my supervisors, are men. The person who supervises CNN Dayside is a man and my executive producer for 10 years is a man. So I’m surrounded by a lot of men, ”Baldwin said.

Baldwin, who was temporarily banned from the air in the build-up to the 2020 election and replaced by Tapper, said during the interview that she has fought for women’s stories.

“I know I personally fight for women’s stories,” Baldwin said. “I didn’t get to hear much and I managed anyway,” Baldwin said, referring to the CNN series American Woman.

CNN’s digital series American Woman features stories of women who have been pioneers in their field.

Baldwin was interviewed on Ms. Magazine's podcast (pictured), where she described CNN as a male-dominated network.  “The most influential anchors on our network, the highest paid, are men.  My bosses, my supervisors, are men.  So I'm surrounded by a lot of men, ”she said

Baldwin was interviewed on Ms. Magazine's podcast (pictured), where she described CNN as a male-dominated network.  “The most influential anchors on our network, the highest paid, are men.  My bosses, my supervisors, are men.  So I'm surrounded by a lot of men, ”she said

Baldwin was interviewed on Ms. Magazine’s podcast (pictured), where she described CNN as a male-dominated network. “The most influential anchors on our network, the highest paid, are men. My bosses, my supervisors, are men. So I’m surrounded by a lot of men, ”she said

Baldwin announced (pictured) in February that she would be leaving the network after 13 years.  At the time, Baldwin made the shock announcement at the start of her show at 3pm, CNN Newsroom, telling viewers 'there's just more I need to do beyond the walls of this place'

Baldwin announced in February (pictured) that she would be leaving the network after 13 years.  At the time, Baldwin made the shock announcement at the start of her 3pm show, CNN Newsroom, telling viewers 'there's just more I need to do beyond the walls of this place'

Baldwin announced (pictured) in February that she would be leaving the network after 13 years. At the time, Baldwin made the shock announcement at the start of her show at 3pm, CNN Newsroom, telling viewers ‘there’s just more I need to do beyond the walls of this place’

She noted that CNN is slowly empowering more women, but “ we still have a long way to go. I want more women in the room. ‘

When Baldwin announced she was leaving in February, she said, “The next chapter will focus on what I love most about my job: enhancing the lives of extraordinary Americans and putting my passion for storytelling to good use.”

Baldwin’s departure from CNN coincides with the release of her first book, Huddle: How Women Unlock Their Collective Power.

Baldwin’s departure may have foreshadowed last fall when she posted a cryptic message to Instagram in October that suggested she was forced off the air and temporarily replaced by Tapper.

As the elections accelerate, the political maestro @jaketapper will hold my hour and his for the next several weeks. I wish I was with you, but I’ll see you up [TV] on the other side of the election, ”she wrote on October 1.

She gave no explanation for the move, but told supporters that it was “not my choice” to temporarily withdraw from her afternoon slot.

Baldwin's departure may have been foreshadowed last fall when she posted a cryptic message to Instagram in October suggesting she was forced off the air and temporarily replaced by Jake Tapper (pictured)

Baldwin's departure may have been foreshadowed last fall when she posted a cryptic message to Instagram in October suggesting she was forced off the air and temporarily replaced by Jake Tapper (pictured)

Baldwin’s departure may have been foreshadowed last fall when she posted a cryptic message to Instagram in October suggesting she was forced off the air and temporarily replaced by Jake Tapper (pictured)

When asked by a fan, “Why do you take so many weeks off at such an important time?” She simply replied, “Not my choice.”

She said she was going ‘nowhere’ in response to a question about her move elsewhere, and also dispelled speculation that the decision to step aside was for health reasons and insist that she was ‘healthy’.

Her show was then pulled for several weeks, with CNN claiming they needed more airtime for the Washington, DC reporters.

Baldwin was one of the network’s highest-earning journalists, with a reported annual salary of approximately $ 4 million.

The highest paid is Anderson Cooper, who reportedly earns about $ 12 million a year.