Welcome to week six of tracking the bylines on America’s most influential op-ed pages. As regular readers know, I’ve spent the last five weeks counting how many women-penned op-eds are published each day in The Huffington Post, The LA Times, The New York Times, Salon, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal.
The findings have been fascinating, and have really driven home the need for the kind of work we do at The Op-Ed Project. It’s clear that, with the percentage of women on the op-ed pages hovering anywhere between 5% and 25%, depending on the paper, we’ve still got a lot of work to do before women are equally and equitably represented on America’s op-ed pages. The Op-Ed Project aims to inject women’s voices into public debate by teaching women how to write and pitch op-eds, creating an opportunity for individual women and individual editors to work together to change the byline imbalance. Last week reflected the varying levels of women’s representation on the op-ed pages. As you can see below, some papers are doing well, and some are doing… less than well.
|% Op-eds by men||78||50||64||100||100||90|
|% Op-eds by women||22||50||36||0||0||10|
So here we are, at the start of the sixth week of tracking bylines. This week, in addition to counting the number of female voices on the op-ed pages, I’ll be talking to some of The Op-Ed Project’s Mentor Editors about the op-ed gender gap, and what we can do about it.