Ex-NYC Schools Chief: Was it Sexism?

Cathie Black wonders if public drubbing would've been easier on a man
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 9, 2011 7:43 AM CDT
In this Nov. 9, 2010 file photo, New York City's new Chancellor of Public Schools, Cathie Black, smiles during a news conference announcing her appointment.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
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(Newser) Cathie Black is out as chancellor of New York City's school system, and in her first post-firing/quitting interview, she wonders if sexism was part of the reason why: "If I were a guy, would I have had the pounding that I did?" the former Hearst honcho asks Fortune. Of her brief tenure, she says, "It was like having to learn Russian in a weekend—and then give speeches in Russian and speak Russian in budget committees and City Council meetings."

The New York Post isn't terribly sympathetic with Black's "whining," gleefully noting that she's relieved she can slide back into her designer clothes now that she doesn't have to pal around with students anymore. And the Post prefers the incompetence theory behind her fall: "She couldn't give a speech on education because she didn't know what she was talking about," a source says.

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