Was Jill Abramson Victim of a Double Standard?

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Jill Abramson's unceremonious departure as executive editor of The New York Times, where she spent 17 years of her career, has led some to wonder if there are still two standards for men and women in power.

While Abramson was known to be abrasive, the paper won eight Pulitzer prizes under her leadership and she was known as a good journalist. But there's a rumor circulating that her departure may have been over compensation, though the Times itself has denied this was the case.

"I think equal pay gets to the heart and the core of feminism in the workplace and equality in the workplace," said BuzzFeed Reporter Kate Aurthur. "If that is something that Abramson herself got out there, it's kind of a brilliant strategy, because it's just something that people can look at and say that sounds quantifiably unfair and wrong."

Aurthur, a former reporter for The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times spoke to WNYC's Amy Eddings.


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There are so many other factors at play here in the release from her position. Its a shame that she/supporters choose to use the gender gambit. In upper management, job performance is only one of the factors to be considered - if you don't play politics expertly you will always find yourself being pushed out for seemingly "no apparent reason." There are alliances invisible to you that will continue to create pressure to create vacancies (at your expense) so that very ambitious people can move in to fill those spaces. No one sheds a tear for another upper management person, male or female, that was unable to play the game well.

May. 16 2014 10:43 AM

I once had a professor who claimed she wasn't paid as much as her male peers. What she failed to consider was that she had only an MA while they had Phds (also she didn't mention that she was married to the chair of the department which no doubt helped her get the position despite being only marginally qualified). People doing the same job often get paid differently based on education and experience. Seems like bourgeois feminists like to compare apples and oranges and then cry when they are not equal.

May. 16 2014 07:53 AM

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