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.