Remain Calm, Etc: And Jill Came Tumbling After
Posted May 15, 2014on:
Arthur Hays Sulzberger (1891-1968)
Good Thursday, Widdershins. Bear with me today. To paraphrase Prolix, life intruded yesterday and I’m tardily composing this morning, Of course, nothing appears to be cooperating today, either, so coherence may be something of an issue here.
I was startled when the news of Jill Abramson’s termination was announced. The New York Times unceremoniously dumped Ms. Abramson after nearly three years of service as editor. She was the first woman to hold that position, and will be replaced by her deputy Dean Baquet, who will be the first African-American named to the post. Rumors abound. I have read that there was general displeasure with her management style, and there are whispers of friction between the news section and the business portion of the NYT.
Other sources say that Jill discovered a rather large pay gap between herself and previous editors and went forward with the issue. We do know that the paper has a mandatory retirement age of 65, and that she is 5 years away from that step. We also know that her termination was immediate and far-reaching. Previous editors were given editorial positions, and Jill was not. The current Mr. Salzburg, grandson to the author of the above referenced quotation, advised a roomful of reporters that he had issues with her management, and that’s all he was going to say. Yeah, that’ll work.
Whatever the reasons were – or weren’t – this mess solidifies my theory that a strong woman appears to still rankle executive leadership. A questioning male is just that, a female is snoopy. A man of conviction is firm, a woman is pushy. A man who knows his own worth is self-assured, a woman is grasping. An ambitious man is warmly received, an ambitious woman is disloyal. We get it Mr. Salzburg, we get it. I suppose that we just expected more from the paper.
This is an open thread.
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