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The Girls in the Balcony: Women, Men, and the New York Times

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"Women's struggle for equal work and equal pay at the newspaper of record is the subject. A century-long tale of courage, despair and outright mulishness told with wit, candor and great affection. Superlative journalism- sharp, detailed and unsparing." -Kirkus Starred Review
Paperback, 296 pages
Published December 1st 2000 by Backinprint.com (first published February 4th 1992)
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Amy Moritz
The book takes the reader through the formation of the Women's Caucus at the New York Times and the subsequent law suit filed under Title VII citing gender discrimination in advancement and salaries. The author, Nan Robertson, was part of the event and much of her writing is in the first person. It took me some time as a reader to get used to that. Also the fact that numbers are spelled out. That bothered me. But that's just me!

It was inspiring to read the background of women who helped changed
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Gretchen
Jun 05, 2016 Gretchen rated it liked it
She digresses, just occasionally, but at length.
Ashley Southall
Jun 16, 2014 Ashley Southall rated it really liked it
About halfway through and absolutely loving her observant prose...More to come. ...APicked it back up and finished the week before the Abramson Affair. The public discussion that followed shined a light on the laundry we've cleaned as well as that soiled loads we still have left to finish.
Clair
Jan 29, 2013 Clair rated it really liked it
I love media history, and though I was initially confused by Robertson's choppy narrative, by the middle of the book it all made sense. This is an excellent, poignant, and at times funny story from all sides of a very difficult period in the history of the NY Times.
Tiffany
Oct 29, 2014 Tiffany rated it really liked it
For a woman in general it is a great book to know the inequalities they faced in the workforce. For an aspiring journalist in particular it shows how far the industry has come and hope for the future.
Cynthia
Nov 08, 2007 Cynthia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I read this eons ago but it was such an eye-opener, especially as a woman in the business. Speaking truth to power is even harder when you're wearing a skirt. An interesting read.
Emily
Jan 13, 2013 Emily rated it it was amazing
Fantastic, and required reading from my editor.
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