6 Kickass Jill Abramson Quotes From Her 'Cosmopolitan' Interview
The Grey Lady has nothing to be ashamed of, and in Jill Abramson's interview with Cosmopolitan, she tells the world exactly why not. In her first magazine interview since leaving the New York Times in May, Abramson reminded us again of why she's one of the most incredible women in media — and in the world — today. Opening up about her family's reaction, her life after the Times, and her opinion on Girls (seriously, what happened to Marnie?) Abramson's interview assures her fans that she is nothing if not resilient and far from finished with journalism.
Abramson's Cosmo interview is the first in a series of public events the powerhouse will undertake this week. Keeping with the theme of powerful women, Abramson is scheduled to give two interviews over the next few days with some of the leading ladies in news, first with Fox News' Greta Van Susteren on Wednesday, followed by Katie Couric on Thursday. While Abramson has spoken publicly since she was fired, notably giving the commencement address at Wake Forest University, these events will be the first time Abramson is interviewed about her departure from the Times.
And if the interviews Abramson gives Van Susteren and Couric are anything like the one she gave to Cosmo, we're in for some pretty epic quotes. Here are just a few gems from Tuesday's Cosmo piece, and be warned, this is some serious badassery.
About that boxing picture
Not only does Abramson get up after she falls, or is rather pushed down, she does it with her fists up and ready to go again. What an inspiring message to send not only to her children, but to women around the world. She expressed a similar sentiment immediately after she was fired when she gave the commencement address at Wake Forest, where she said, "You know the sting of losing, or not getting something you badly want. When that happens, show what you are made of."
About the F-Word
Never once did Jill Abramson shy away from the word fired. And while that word doesn't hold any real sting for her, there is another F-word Abramson doesn't like as much — former. Said Abramson, "I don't mind the word fired. I do not like the word former. It just sounds icky." Point taken.
About getting that paper
Abramson herself is no stranger to gender discrimination nor to fighting for what's hers. The New Yorker reports that Abramson's starting salary as the editor-in-chief was $475,000. Her male predecessor's numbers? $559,000. Abramson's salary was only raised after she complained and hired a lawyer to make sure her words stuck.
About reporting the hard stuff
Abramson has made a number of gutsy calls and has covered a number of huge stories — from wars to natural disasters to intelligence leaks, Abramson and the Times has it all. And as the person in charge, Abramson knows better than anyone that the pursuit of the truth isn't always the most popular decision. But that didn't stop her from doing honest reporting, or defending those who did, like Edward Snowden.
About moving on
Abramson's had a long and storied career in journalism, and wanting a break from running things is understandable. But don't stay away too long, Jill — the news needs you.
About being awesome
But she makes it look so good.
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