Wonder Women of the Week: Helen Thomas


Trailblazing reporter and White House Correspondent Helen Thomas was known for asking the tough questions and breaking the glass ceiling.  She was the first female officer of the National Press Club, the first female member and president of the White House Correspondents' Association and the first female member of the Gridiron Club.  

Thomas was the only member of the White House Press Corps to have her very own seat in the White House Briefing Room (front row center!) when all other seats were reserved for media outlets. She was a fixture of American politics, covering 11 Presidents from JFK to Obama. Named one of the 25 Most Influential Women in America by the World Almanac, Thomas has also received numerous awards and more than 30 honorary degrees.

Her reputation as an unrelenting reporter who asked hard hitting questions was so well known that, when asked about the difference between democracy in Cuba versus democracy in the US, Cuban leader Fidel Castro explained, "I don’t have to answer questions from Helen Thomas."