Inspirational Woman Of The Day: Jill Abramson

Inspirational Woman Of The Day: Jill Abramson

A Message From The Creator

A Message From The Creator

Women And Politics: Michelle Obama Embraces 2012 Campaign Trail

Women And Politics: Michelle Obama Embraces 2012 Campaign Trail

Women’s News: A week of milestones for women in the FBI

Women’s News: A week of milestones for women in the FBI

Inspirational Woman Of The Day: Jill Abramson

Jill Ellen Abramson (born March 19, 1954) is the executive editor of The New York Times. Assuming the position in September 2011, she became the first woman in this role in the paper’s 160-year history.

A native of New York City, Abramson received her high school diploma from Ethical Culture Fieldston School and a B.A. in History and Literature from Harvard University in 1976.

While an undergraduate, she was the Arts Editor of The Harvard Independent, and worked at Time magazine from 1973 to 1976. Subsequently, she spent nearly a decade as a senior staff reporter for The American Lawyer. In 1986, she was appointed as editor in chief of Legal Times in Washington, D.C., serving for two years. From 1988 to 1997, she was a senior reporter in the Washington bureau of The Wall Street Journal, eventually rising to deputy bureau chief. She became the chief of The New York Times Washington bureau upon her move to the newspaper in 1997.

Abramson was the Times’ Washington Bureau chief during the turbulent period of Spring 2003 during the run-up to the war in Iraq and the Jayson Blair scandal, which led to the resignation of Executive Editor Howell Raines and Managing Editor Gerald Boyd. Abramson was named to the news Managing Editor position (with co-Managing Editor John M.Geddes) by Raines’ successor Bill Keller.

In 1995, Abramson and her The Wall Street Journal colleague (and fellow Fieldston alumna) Jane Mayer co-authored Strange Justice: The Selling of Clarence Thomas, which detailed circumstances surrounding the confirmation hearings of Justice Clarence ThomasMaureen Dowd would later write of having bonded with Abramson during that time. From 2000–01, she was a professor at Princeton University. She was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2001.

In February 2007, Abramson testified in the perjury trial of Scooter LibbyUnited States v. Libby. She was called as a defense witness to undercut the credibility of Judith Miller.

On June 2, 2011, it was announced that Abramson would become the executive editor of the Times in September 2011, replacing Bill Keller who would step down from the position to become a full time writer.

Abramson was scheduled to address the commencement exercises of Barnard College on May 14, 2012. Her speech was canceled after President Barack Obama requested to speak instead. She received a honorary degree at Fairleigh Dickinson‘s 69th Commencement Ceremony in May 2012.

In 1981, she married Harvard classmate Henry Little Griggs III. Griggs was then president of Triad, a political public relations company. He is self-described as a “writer, editor and media-relations consultant specializing in nonprofit advocacy campaigns.” They have two children.

In May 2007, Abramson was seriously injured in a truck-pedestrian traffic accident near the New York Times‘s Times Square headquarters. She and her husband subsequently filed a lawsuit against the truck’s driver, owner and operator.

Women’s News: A week of milestones for women in the FBI

(CBS News) This week marks a week of milestones for the FBI — not only does is it the 40-year anniversary of women in the FBI but the highest ranking woman, Jan Fedarcyk in the FBI is retiring this week.

CBS News special correspondent John Miller sat down with Jan Fedarcyk, who is the assistant director of the bureau and runs the New York office. She is the highest ranking woman in the field and the first woman to command the FBI’s biggest and busiest office. This week — her last on the job — she has run classified briefings on terrorism and espionage, visited her five regional FBI to talk with the nearly 3,000 on her team.

Fedarcyk reflected on her childhood and said she never hesitated to run with the boys. “While they were playing cops and robbers, I was right there with them,” she told Miller in a report that aired Friday on “CBS This Morning.”

During her tenure, Fedarcyk has overseen the largest coordinated takedown of organized crime in history, managed complex terror investigations, and has been at the forefront of the crackdown on Wall Street fraud.

Today, only three out of every ten FBI agents is a woman but Fedarcyk does not want to dwell on the disparity. She’d rather focus on the elite standing of those who do make it to the bureau.

“Let’s not distinguish between a female special agent and a male agent. Of all of the people who want to be where we are as special agents, all of the people who make applications to come into the FBI and serve as a special agent, less than 2% make it through the door,” Fedarcyk told John Miller.

Fedarcyk began her career with the FBI in 1987, but it was in 1972 when the FBI hired its first two female agents — a former nun and a former Marine — Susan Roley Malone and Joanne Pierce.

Joanne Pierce remembers her first few days with the bureau. “We were all taken down to Quantico to begin training. there were 45 of us in that class at that time. 2 women and 43 guys,” Pierce said.

Susan Roley Malone remembers the public interest surrounding herself and Pierce when they became agents. “Having the first two women FBI agents was publicized in all the papers in America. I laughingly say I’m a footnote in history,” she said. “Everybody wanted to see who we were. Sometimes I felt like an exhibit in a museum.”

They were pioneer special agents. Those two women charted the course for the rest of us.” Fedarcyk said of Pierce and Roley Malone.

And while today there are more than 2,600 female special agents and three of the top FBI executives in New York are women, there has yet to be a female director of the FBI, a milestone Fedarcyk says will come “hopefully in my lifetime.”

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Women And Politics: Michelle Obama Embraces 2012 Campaign Trail







* Raises funds, consoles victims and fires up supporters

* Most popular person on presidential campaign trail

* Limits campaigning to three days a week

By Deborah Charles

MILWAUKEE, Aug 23 (Reuters) – Once wary of life on the political scene, first lady Michelle Obama is now embracing her role on the presidential campaign trail where she is more popular than her husband – or anyone else.

Obama’s campaign is deploying her strategically in the close fight with Republican Mitt Romney to fire up Democratic supporters in swing states, win over independents and raise money.

Chanting supporters stood in a line for more than an hour in the heat at a high school in Milwaukee on Thursday to see her.

“Barack has said this election will be even closer than the last one,” she told 2,000 party volunteers. “It could all come down to those last few thousand votes. That one new volunteer that you recruit – that could be the one that puts this election over the top.”

She yelled to be heard over their stomping feet.

After the rousing 30-minute speech she switched course as she held a private meeting with victims and family of those killed or injured in a shooting rampage earlier this month at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin.

“It’s my honor to be here with you,” a somber Obama told temple secretary Kulwant Singh Dhaliwal and Oak Creek Mayor Stephen Scaffidi. “I’m sorry it’s under these circumstances, but I am anxious to meet with the families and lend whatever support I can,” she said, speaking in almost a whisper.

She was due to make another 180-degree turn and travel to Indianapolis later in the day for an essential part of modern campaigning: a fundraising event where she will ask donors to open their pocketbooks to help make sure her husband wins the Nov. 6 election.


It was a long way from her first days as a campaigner in the 2008 election when she stirred controversy for saying that her husband’s success had made her proud of her country for the first time in her life.

Conservatives criticized her as insufficiently patriotic and the brief controversy led her to recede from the limelight a bit before she got back into the fray.

She eventually become an effective surrogate for her husband four years ago, drawing big, enthusiastic crowds as she helped him make history by becoming the first black U.S. president.

With unemployment at over 8 percent, this election is tougher.

The first lady, 48, told her husband’s re-election campaign officials that she would nevertheless limit her campaigning to three days a week to be able to see her daughters Sasha and Malia.

“My approach to campaigning is, ‘This is the time that I have to give to the campaign, and whatever you do with that time is up to you’,” she told reporters in February, describing what she told the campaign.

“But when it’s over, don’t even look at me,” she said. “Don’t look this direction. No calls, no anything.”

Despite her reluctance, polls show that two-thirds of Americans approve of her, much more than her husband’s approval rating of about 45 to 50 percent. Romney also polls mostly in the same range as his opponent in November.

The Republican’s wife, Ann, is also well liked but she is less well known than the first lady and gets lower ratings. A poll in April gave her a 40 percent favorable rating.

High popularity is often a benefit of being first lady, said Susan Whitson, a spokeswoman to former first lady Laura Bush.

“She doesn’t have a job description; she can make whatever she wants of the job,” Whitson said of first ladies. “She’s taken on issues she cares about. She humanizes the president. She gives that softer personal side and is able to connect with them. ”

Michelle Obama has faced her share of criticism as first lady, from her fashion choices to fondness for supposedly pricey jewelry and expensive vacations.

Photos of a shopping foray to a Target store, which showed her as a normal mom, were attacked by conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh as a “phony baloney, plastic banana good time rock-and-roller optic photo op.”

Her top priority, the anti-obesity push for healthier eating, sparked a round of attacks from conservatives who demanded Obama and the government stay out of their diets.

Romney himself has joined in at times, gently making fun of her organic garden on the South Lawn at the White House.

Michelle Obama, a Harvard educated lawyer, has held two dozen events with grassroots supporters in swing states over the past few months.

On Thursday she was visiting Wisconsin for the first time since Romney named native son Paul Ryan to be his vice presidential running mate.

Supporters like Mary Ertl Dettmann, who took off work to come to the rally, said the first lady played a vital role in the campaign.

“I like that she’s a role model,” said Ertl Dettmann. “It’s so important for us in Wisconsin to show support for intelligent people,” she added.

Michelle Obama visited on the day that the state’s Republican party put up a ticker on its website to mark how long it had been since President Obama had visited the important Midwestern state, which voted for Obama in 2008 but which Romney is trying to win back this year.

“President Obama talks a great game on how important Wisconsin is in his race to the White House, yet hasn’t set foot in the Badger State in more than six months,” said Nathan Conrad, communications director for the state Republican party.

A Marquette University Law School poll this week showed Obama’s lead over Romney in Wisconsin shrank to 3 points, from 5 points at the beginning of August.

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