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The Gender Pay Gap and the Ouster of New York Times Editor Jill Abramson

Jill Abramson (left) and Dean Baquet (right) during the announcement that she will succeed Bill Keller (center) in New York on June 2, 2011
Jill Abramson (left) and Dean Baquet (right) during the announcement that she will succeed Bill Keller (center) in New York on June 2, 2011Photograph by Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times via Redux

The sudden ouster of Jill Abramson from her position as executive editor of the New York Times has raised the idea that a dispute over inequity in pay may have contributed to her departure.

On Wednesday afternoon, the news was announced to the Times’s own staff during a hastily convened meeting. People were “stunned,” according to the Times’s own reporting on the episode. Dean Baquet, previously the Times’s managing editor, would be replacing Abramson. Times publisher Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr. said that the change was prompted by issues of “management in the newsroom.” The Times article went on to say that Abramson had been perceived as “mercurial and brusque” and that she had had “clashes” with Mr. Baquet and others. She apparently also had tried to hire a new co-managing editor—Janine Gibson from the Guardian—which caused conflict.