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 North Carolina.
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.
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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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