Julia Collins’s 20-game “Jeopardy” winning streak ended last week and she finished with $428,100 in prize money, making her the top female player in the game show’s 50-year history and second overall to Ken Jennings, who won 74 straight games in 2004 and pocketed $2.5 million. Here’s what Collins had to say about gender, her time on “Jeopardy” and the value of a liberal arts degree.
I got a job with Crate and Barrel at their corporate offices. I have good attention to detail, which really helped. I spent the last four years as an art history major looking at things that look the same and explaining how they’re not the same, so that should be pretty useful.
After a few years I went back and got a master’s in engineering – in logistics and supply chain management.
I’d watch with my mom and my grandma. My mom would get so nervous. And I was like not only does she know how the game ends, but she was there!
There was some negative feedback. Interestingly, and mostly from older women, I saw comments on social media along the lines of, “You should step aside, stop stealing the limelight, let someone else win.” That seems like such a retro-gendered thing to say. The other strain I got was the idea that I wasn’t a very good player. That the producers were rigging the games with weaker players, or particularly weaker men. This seemed to come mostly from men.
But overall over 95 percent – no, 99 percent – of the things I’ve heard from people have been nice.