Jill Abramson, former executive editor at the New York Times walks in during commencement ceremonies for Wake Forest University on May 19, 2014 in Winston Salem, N.C.
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A conversation with Jill Abramson about feminism and backlash


On Thursday, author and former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson joined MSNBC national reporter Irin Carmon in a live web video interview. The topic: The backlash to women’s progress, and the work that has yet to be done. 

This summer, MSNBC and the magazine Matter have been re-reading the feminist classic Backlash, by Susan Faludi, with an eye towards the 1991 book’s present day relevance. You can read all the chapter discussions – featuring MSNBC’s Krystal Ball, Joan Walsh and Irin Carmon, as well as guest contributors like Lena Dunham and Roxane Gay – here. 

Jill Abramson was the executive editor of the New York Times from 2011 to 2014, the first woman to lead the paper. Previously, Abramson served as the paper’s managing editor beginning in 2003. Abramson is the author, among other books, Strange Justice: The Selling of Clarence Thomas.  

MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry wrote shortly after Abramson’s departure from from the Times, “She is regarded as a woman interested in other women’s success. She regularly acknowledges her indebtedness to pioneering women who came before her…And she was specifically interested in helping other women traverse the path she cleared.” Harris-Perry added, “It’s brutal to imagine a parting as abrupt, public, and gendered as Abramson’s from the Times.”

Watch the full interview here:

9/11/14, 1:00 PM ET

Jill Abramson talks feminism, backlash, and the media.

Jill Abramson, former executive editor of the New York Times, talks resistance to women’s progress and looks back at personal experiences. Alongside msnbc’s Irin Carmon, the pair discusses Susan Faludi’s ‘Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American…

Jill Abramson

A conversation with Jill Abramson about feminism and backlash