Yesterday was an unusually good day for women on the op-ed pages. Especially at The Los Angeles Times, where all three op-ed contributors were women.
Sadly, yesterday’s apparent progress was too good to last. A day on which 100% of a mainstream paper’s op-ed contributors were women doesn’t seem to mark an aberration, but rather a trend: today, we’re back to the status quo, with almost no women on the nation’s op-ed pages. There are, in fact, no women to be found in any print papers. That’s no women at the NYT, LAT, WaPo or WSJ. It looks as though yesterday was a one-off, albeit a very exciting one. Salon’s op-ed page is 50% women today, though, with Rachel Maddow and Margaret Winter teaming up to write about prison HIV policies.
That said, the week is still young. Perhaps we’ll get another 100% day some say soon. I’m looking at you, Wednesday.