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NEWS & IDEAS

Jill Abramson Speaks Out

The morning after Jill Abramson was fired from her position as executive editor of The New York Times, she put on her boxing gloves. She sent a photo to her kids to show that she “wasn’t at home crying and sitting in a corner.” When her daughter posted it on Instagram, the photo ended up on the cover of the New York Post.

That incident defines a couple parts of Abramson’s firing: it was extremely public, but she’s not ashamed. “Is it hard to say I was fired? No,” she tells Cosmopolitan. “I don’t think young women--it’s hard, I know--they should not feel stigmatized if they are fired.” Support from fellow female journalists and her family after the announcement helped, too. With the deluge of press, Abramson’s friends would read it and then give her only the information she needed to know.

As managing editor of The Times, Abramson helped make the masthead half women for the first time ever. “I am totally proud of that,” she said. “A couple of times I had to explain that to men. I think there was some surprise at the speed at which some women got promoted.”

She misses those colleagues, and, she says, “the substance of my work.” But now, she has time to read the entire New York Times print paper every day. She’s gone to Yankees games and reread novels. She hangs out with her adorable golden retriever and went to Greece with her sister. As far as work, Abramson will be writing and teaching at Harvard in the fall. Sounds like a pretty great transition to us.