Just a few weeks after Jill Abramson took over as the first female executive editor at the Paper of Record, The New Yorker's Ken Auletta takes a long look at her background as managing editor, her advocacy on behalf of women at The New York Times, and the obstacles she'll face on the job. Auletta recounts how, in her previous role, Abramson was seen as a vocal champion for the paper's female employees, often throwing parties to celebrate their promotions—efforts that endeared her to the women on staff but also alienated her from many of the men. Still, her position at the top of the masthead is a landmark one. Just forty years ago, women weren't seen as possible candidates for any editorship, much less the highest one.
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