I read this article on the dearth of female participation on large paper op-ed pages. It had never occurred to me to notice the gender gap before. I like the comment one of the author's of the study made: "There are more women, as a percentage, in the U.S. Senate than published in the op-ed pages. I can't use a better word than astonishing."
The numbers are pretty stark, men wrote 78 percent of the op-eds in the Times and a startling 97 % of the Wall Street Journal op-eds. That goes a little beyond unbalanced.
I think the class that Ms. Orenstein teaches is a great idea, and a positive resourceful way to attack the problem. Hopefully, it will lead to better balance on the op-ed pages. Hmm, maybe we should add a woman to the front page here. I hear Condi Rice might have some time on her hands soon.
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