Carolina’s Human Heart — a new UNC initiative seeking to highlight arts and humanities — promoted Totenberg's visit to campus, where she was introduced by Chancellor Carol Folt.
“I have been listening to Nina Totenberg for years and learning from her and been so excited about having the chance to listen to her today,” Folt said.
Totenberg shared her experiences in a career spanning decades, covering topics from the U.S. Supreme Court to women’s rights.
During her start as a reporter, Totenberg said she was one of the few or only women who was working as a journalist and proving her capabilities as a reporter meant she had to fit in with the men.
“When (women) came of age in the employment world, if you wanted to get along you were one of the guys and you didn’t complain,” she said.
Many women in the audience were able to identify with Totenberg’s experience in the workforce.