There is plenty to read about Jill Abramson's departure at the New York Times (Amanda Hess's report on her influence on young female staffers at the paper is especially important, and Natalie Nougayrede's resignation piles on to an already dreadful week for women in management roles), and I'll add, tangentially, to the mix, this NPR interview with Barbara Walters, who's set to retire from ABC News this week. Here she is discussing her early days working in a predominantly male environment:
It was lonely and it was painful. At one point I was on the air with a male partner [...]
Talia: Hey guys! Looked out the window and noticed there’s a baby hanging off a branch in the big oak tree. Can someone take care of this? Thanks!
Sean: fyi i can’t do this but best of luck.
Will: I have to do this weird bowling thing but it should be done by 11.
Talia: Hmm OK. Baby looks pretty upset…
Will: ohhhh ok. But anyway I should be able to come by 11!
Rose: Hey! So my sister is visiting with my little nephew so I’m already dealing with a baby, so if someone else could deal with this I would prefer not to. But if not, [...]
Like others before her, Dr. Kathryn Heyman explained in a letter to the London Review of Book's publisher that she was through subscribing until their male-female byline gap changed. Dr. Heyman's approach might read as a bit heavy-handed, but it was also necessary, and at least initially effective: she heard back from senior editor Paul Myerscough, and they're now engaged in a back-and-forth on the matter. From her original letter:
I would dearly love to renew my subscription, however, based on the tedious regularity with which you ignore female writers and female reviewers, I have to assume that my lady-money is quite simply not welcome in [...]
"Reading my father's love letters to my mother was so confusing, because they felt like they were written by a different man. Now I know that they were. They were written by a man I could never know, a man who was possibly murdered. It probably sounds insane, but that's something that I'm really only beginning to think about now, because for so long I was relieved that he was gone, and didn't let myself care about the how or why." —We're a little late to this, but in case you missed Anya Yurchyshyn's essay on learning about her dead parents through their old letters, it's a lovely and [...]