A Politico story looking at New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson's leadership skills printed earlier this week is receiving some flak after some say the story perpetuates a double standard.
Abramson, the paper's first female executive editor in its 160-year history, is critiqued by anonymous Times employees for being "stubborn and condescending" and "difficult to work with."
"I think there's a really easy caricature that some people have bought into, of the bitchy woman character and the guy who is sort of calmer," Dean Baquet, managing editor of the Times, told Politico. "That, I think, is a little bit of an unfair caricature."
The Atlantic Wire's Rebecca Greenfield stated that women like Abramson, Yahoo's Marissa Mayer and Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg are often praised when they are appointed to seats of power but criticized once they get comfortable and try to do their jobs.
The Politico article does praise Abramson for leading the Times to win four Pulitzer Prizes, establishing a paywall, and producing innovative pieces like "Snow Fall," writes the International Business Times. However, it also quotes staffers making fun of her voice and saying that she demoralizes the newsroom.
"There's really no getting out of it for her: Any time she criticizes someone, she'll be b-----. Any time she chooses not to, she'll be aloof. She can't win," writes the column's author, James DiGioia.
This is a point Sandberg makes in her new book, "Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead." Research shows that for men, success and likability are positively correlated, but they are negatively correlated for women, Sandberg notes. "When a man is successful, he is liked by both men and women. When a woman is successful, both genders like her less."