Daily Show's Jessica Williams: Stop Telling Me to Lean In

Jessica Williams - H 2015

Jessica Williams - H 2015

"I am a black woman and I am a feminist and I am so many things. I am truly honored that people love my work. But I am not yours."

Daily Show correspondent Jessica Williams doesn't need anybody else telling her what is right for her and she wants to make it clear she most certainly does not have "imposter syndrome." 

When fans suggested Williams replace Jon Stewart on the Daily Show, she responded by saying she was "under-qualified" and "super not right" for the job. Then, a Billfold writer wrote an article claiming Williams was "the latest high-profile victim of imposter syndrome."

The writer defines imposter syndrome as a "well-documented phenomenon in which men look at their abilities vs the requirements of a job posting and round up, whereas women do the same and round down, calling themselves 'unqualified.'" She suggested Williams has a "total lack of understanding of her own self-worth" and just needed a "pep talk."

Williams responded:

The Billfold article now has an addendum and apology from the writer at the bottom:

"I apologize for being insensitive here. I should have underlined that of course the choice belongs only to Williams. If she had said, 'I don’t want the job,' I would have left it there. Her saying 'I’m not qualified' is what intrigued me, especially since I’ve read so much about Impostor Syndrome lately and that’s so often the language women use," wrote Ester Bloom.

When Time magazine wrote about Williams' interaction on Twitter, the article's headline suggested her tweets were intended toward her fans. "Jessica Williams fires back at fans who want her to replace Jon Stewart," read the headline.

Time has since changed the headline of the article to "Jessica Williams Says She’s ‘Underqualified’ to Host The Daily Show." Williams has pinned her "I am not yours" tweet to the top of her Twitter page.