Welcome to a new week at the Byline Blog! Last week was our first week of tracking op-ed bylines in the nation’s most influential papers. The findings were fascinating.
The strongest performer by far was The Los Angeles Times: exactly 50% of its op-eds were written by women. Not far was Salon, with 33.3%.
After that, the numbers drop off a bit, with The Huffington Post at 17%, The New York Times at 16.6% and The Washington Post at 15%.
In last place was The Wall Street Journal, which in the week of August 10, published not a single woman-penned op-ed. Not one.
Granted, one week does not a sample size make, but I have to wonder, when I look at The LA Times and The Wall Street Journal: are we seeing the beginnings of a pattern?