Hi everyone, and welcome to the Byline Blog!
I’m Chloe Angyal, and I’m a research intern at The Op-Ed Project. I’ve just moved to New York, where I like to write op-eds, take yoga class and drink a lot of coffee. Over the next few months, I’m going to be doing some research on the state of gender on the op-ed pages of America’s most influential papers. I’ll be looking at the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Slate, Salon, the Huffington Post and Politico, to see how well women are represented in the debates that occur on the op-ed pages of each of those papers.
I’ll be turning the results of that research into a report, but along the way, I’ll be posting weekly tallies for each of the papers here at the Byline Blog, along with some commentary and perhaps the occasional reprimand for those papers that are doing a terrible job at including women’s voices in public debate.
You might have read something like this at Ruth Davis Konigsberg’s WomenTK, which was written in 2005. Well, four years later, we at The Op-Ed Project wanted to know if things have improved at all. Personally, I’m also interested not just in how many women are being published, but also in what they’re writing about. Are women being quoted as experts on national security and fiscal policy, or are they confined to traditionally “female” topics? These are questions I’ll be exploring, and trying to answer, in the next few months.
I hope you’ll stick around and read about what I find, and I hope you’ll add your voice to the debate in the comments section.