Women take helm at Miss America Pageant

All have won or competed in the pageant.

David Madden
May 19, 2018 - 10:00 pm
Miss America 2018 Cara Mund

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ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (KYW Newsradio) -- The Miss America Organization unveiled its new leadership team this past week. They're all women and that's by design. 
    
Given last year's derogatory internal e-mails that brought about so much upheaval, board approval of Regina Hopper as CEO and Marjorie Vincent-Tripp as chair of the Miss America Foundation is meant to send a message. Paired with Gretchen Carlson's appointment as board chair of the organization itself, it's a new day at Miss America. 
    
All have won or competed in the pageant and Hopper, a former CBS News reporter, says they're getting back to basics.
    
"Know that our fundamental foundation is about putting together an operation, a 365-day a year operation, that reflects the mission of Miss America and reflects the community which has given so much to it," Hopper told KYW Newsradio.
    
They're still working on plans for this year's pageant after losing their broadcast production contract, but Hopper suggests fans "stay tuned" on that one.
     
She also suggests the Me Too movement has played a part in the organization's rapid evolution and hopes to empower the contestants of the future.
    
"We believe that this is a way for more young women to not only see the Miss America Organization as relevant to their lives, but to be able to use that organization above and beyond just the educational opportunities that it may present right now."