Utterly irrevant as respects the qualifications of professional women.
Couric is a marketable product.
If a mistake was made it was to allow her to influence her branding.
She achieved success at Today being the perky, quirky newcomer who provided a fresh presence for the tired morning new format.
Understandably, she wasn't content with being so characterized, but why did any of her employers really care?
This is a very common mistake made in the entertainment arena (and let's face it, morning "news" programs fall squarely within this arena)...take a profitable product and allow it to become unprofitable because of the personal desires of the product.
Thus we have the saying "Jumping the Shark."
Thus we also have "musical event" episodes imposed on long standing popular TV dramas, and abortions, lesbian affairs, child molestation, and global warming concerns intruding on situational comedies.
Couric was well over her head when she assumed the entirely manufactured pinnacle of "network anchor." Her ultimate failure was a forgone conclusion.
As an "anchor" she had to jettison the quirky, perky qualities that brought her fame in the first place. Instead she had to be a "hard hitting" harridan whose greatest achievment was to catch Sarah Palin in a gotcha question about the newspapers she reads.
It's no coincidence, normal aging process notwithstanding, that Katie has become a sexless and dour spinster figure. Unlike Christiane Amanpour, Couric never had the core skills and confidence to project professional expertise and intelligent sexuality.
It's hard to feel sorry for Katie since she has made millions from her career, but she wasn't served well by the networks or her own self-importance. Irrespective of how ground breaking her appointment to the anchor of the CBS nightly news might have been, she will not be remembered as a pioneer.
Actually this is good news for women. We are at a stage when gender doesn't really matter. If you suck as a network news anchor and are a man or a woman, you're going to fail.
Couric's demise has nothing, at all, to do with her gender