But it is unclear whether Abramson, who was the
first woman to lead the Times newsroom, will mention the
controversy over her firing when she delivers a commencement
speech to students graduating from Wake Forest University in
Sulzberger, whose family controls the New York Times Co,
announced to a stunned newsroom on Wednesday that he had
replaced Abramson with her second-in-command, Dean Baquet.
His abrupt dismissal of the woman he hired three years ago
sparked a firestorm of debate over women managers in the
workplace. The controversy was fueled by a report in The New
Yorker that said Abramson was paid less than her predecessor as
executive editor, Bill Keller, and other male counterparts
during her 17-year career at the paper.
Sulzberger has since twice spoken out to say that Abramson's
compensation was not "considerably" less than that of Keller's -
that it was directly comparable - and to deny she was removed
because she is a woman.
In a statement on Saturday, Sulzberger targeted Abramson's
management skills, ticking off a list of reasons including
"arbitrary decision-making, a failure to consult and bring in
colleagues with her, inadequate communication and public
mistreatment of colleagues."
Abramson has not spoken publicly since her ousting, beyond the
statement she made in a press release about the changing of the
guard at the Times.
It is not clear whether she would use the forum of a
commencement speech to mention her own situation. Such speeches
- often delivered by public figures deemed inspirational - are
usually heavily focused on advice for young graduates as they go
out into the world.
Abramson's daughter posted an instagram photo of her with two
boxing gloves in front of a punching bag that made the front
page of the New York Post on Friday.
(Reporting by Jennifer Saba in New York; Editing by Christian
Plumb and Frances Kerry)
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