Lots of attention paid to powerful women in media this weekend.
For one, New Yorker‘s Ken Auletta profiles Times executive editor Jill Abramson, with a heavy focus on the role of women at the Times, historically and today. Times Co. CEO Janet Robinson personally stopped Ms. Abramson from quitting during her falling out with Howell Raines and Ms. Abramson “plays favorites” among other female editors and reporters, according to an anonymous male source who has reaped the benefits of hundreds of years of uninterrupted patriarchy.
But really, we want Peter Kaplan’s novelization of the early years:
One of Abramson’s Harvard friends, Peter Kaplan, who is the editorial director of Fairchild Fashion Media, says, “Jill always had a swagger. It was as if she were in a romantic comedy. She had the same feeling that Rosalind conveys in ‘As You Like It.’ In the last act, everything would work out. She wasn’t like the other girls at Harvard. Most of my crowd were either wonks or tough feminists who would chew your balls off. But Jill was the witty cosmopolitan who gave running commentary that was like a voice-over narration from a Billy Wilder movie.” [New Yorker]
New York magazine sits down with Reuters global editor Chrystia Freeland, who is at home among the boys clubs of Davos, Aspen, etc., but who says, bizarrely, “Journalists are the geishas of our age.” [NY Mag]
You can look at WSJ editor Deborah Needleman’s home on Google Images. [WWD]
“Print is not dead,” says Joanna Coles, editor in chief of Marie Claire, who has recently launched a supplement for working women, like herself and Ms. Needleman, Freeland and Abramson. It is worth $1 million in revenue and will be marketed with speaking events or “Power Lunches.” [NY Times]