A Victory for Women: Jill Abramson Named First Female Editor of The New York Times

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[Like many female journalists, I was thrilled when I heard that Jill Abramson had been named editor of The New York Times--the first woman to lead the paper in its 160-history. An investigative reporter who rose to become managing editor, Abramson said her appointment was like “ascending to Valhalla.”

As the first female editor of the Times’ opinion page and an unapologetic feminist, NY Times columnist Gail Collins understands that climb perhaps better than anyone. Mallary Jean Tenore of The Poynter Institute spoke with the journalist about what it means for women.-Mona]

She writes:

After hearing that Jill Abramson was named editor of The New York Times, columnist Gail Collins couldn’t help but think about how much has changed since the early 1970s, when female journalists were still widely discriminated against at the Times. In an email interview, Collins — who was the Times’ first female editorial page editor and has written two books about women in American society — referred to Nan Robertson’s “The Girls in the Balcony,” which describes this discrimination. She also spoke about why Abramson’s appointment is so significant:

 

Read the full post at Poynter.

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