Jill Abramson and the worst workplace question: ‘How much do you make?’

Jill Abrahamson, former executive editor of the New York Times

It is one of the most awkward questions one can ask a colleague, “How much are you making?” In the few times I’ve broached the topic, I’ve usually come away disturbed to discover discrepancies in salary unexplained by experience, education, or seniority.

When news broke today that New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson was being replaced, it was surprising in that she has only been in the position for three years.

It was more surprising when NPR and New Yorker reporters explained a big reason why: she had complained about unequal pay after she discovered she was being paid “considerably less” than the male editor, Bill Keller, that she had replaced.

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