This Is How You Acknowledge the Fact That You're a Woman in PowerKatie J.M. Baker7/19/12 4:30pmFiled to: running in heelsMargaret sullivanNew York TimesMarissa Mayertweet42EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkIt's not hard to see why Margaret Sullivan, the New York Times' new Public Editor, reportedly beat out 15 different finalists to land the powerful position.Advertisement"The fact that I'm a working journalist immersed in the daily tough decisions that news organizations are making was important," Sullivan, who has 32 years at the Buffalo News under her belt, told the Huffington Post. She also said her role in building the Buffalo News' website and her "great interest in turning this position from a strictly, or mostly, print column, to a daily digital conversation with readers" made her a coveted candidate.None of those qualifications have anything to do with the fact that Sullivan is a woman, but that hasn't stopped reporters from asking her questions about how her gender will influence the way she'll act as a liaison between the Times and its readers, especially since she'll be the first woman to hold the position. But instead of dismissing gender-related questions, as new Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has repeatedly done in the past, Sullivan went above and beyond by expanding on the issue in a blog post called "As editor (or public editor), does being a woman matter? Of course."