Some uncomfortable truths about working women in the U.S.


Some of the generation’s strongest female leaders gathered in Santa Clara, Calif., today to celebrate women’s achievements and exhort their fellow ladies not to be satisfied with the status quo — because it isn’t all that great.

In one of the first discussions of the morning at Watermark’s Lead On Conference for Women, former New York Times Executive Editor Jill Ambramson and Recode Co-Executive Editor Kara Swisher dropped some uncomfortable truths about the lives of professional women in America in 2015 on Twitter.

Women have long been earning less than men in the U.S. As Fusion’s Felix Salmon reported after Patricia Arquette used her Oscars acceptance speech to call for pay equity, women were earning $303 per week in 2004 while men were earning $378.

That definitely hadn’t improved by 2014.

And Abramson, who was the first female editor of the Times before being fired less than three years into the…

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