Jill Abramson has left the New York Times but her now famous “T” tattoo is staying put.
“Not a chance,” she told a group of students when asked whether she plans to remove the iconic logo etched on her back.
Abramson exchanged banter with students and faculty on the sidelines of the graduation ceremony at Wake Forest University in North Carolina where she delivered the commencement address.
Abramson was fired last week from the Times in an acrimonious parting laced by accusations of gender bias from her and fierce denials from publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr.
Reports said she was sacked after she complained to management that she was getting paid less than her male predecessor.
In her speech, Abramson did not address the issue nor commented on reports that her next employer could be Bloomberg, the news agency whose founder, former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, is said to admire her strength.
She called the newspaper, of which she was its first female editor, “an important and irreplaceable institution”.
“Losing a job you love hurts, but the work I revere, journalism that holds powerful institutions and people accountable, is what makes our democracy so resilient,” she told the graduating class.
“What’s next for me? I don’t know. So I’m in exactly in the same boat as many of you. And like you, I’m a little scared but also excited.”
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