After getting stuck in a British Airways strike and struggling desperately to catch up with jet lag, I’m very excited to be back posting regularly with the results of the byline study. And here are some raw numbers, since last Wednesday (my next post will be an outlook over the month of March, but we’re not in April yet, so I’m not going to jump the gun).
NYT WaPo WSJ LA Times Slate Salon HuffPo
% by women 5% 20% 20% 20% 25% 29% 32%
% by men 95% 80% 80% 80% 75% 71% 68%
This week’s NYT results were so surprising that I actually went back to check the page of contributors to make sure that I hadn’t made some fatal error. But no – since last Wednesday, out of the 20 op-ed contributors published in the New York Times, only one was a woman. This, in my opinion, merits her a shout-out on this blog, so kudos to Carol Kellerman, the president of the Citizens Budget Commission, a nonprofit watchdog group, who wrote a piece on the need for Medicaid, education and employee benefits spending in New York state.
The HuffPo, though, had a significant upward turn in the numbers of women, and especially the women writing in the Politics and Business channels, which tend to be fairly male-dominated. So props to the women there!
The college newspapers, which haven’t been publishing as frequently recently because of spring break, were back!
Daily Prince Yale Daily News Daily Texan
% by women 13% 25% 33%
% by men 87% 75% 67%
The YDN had a particularly interesting graphic op-ed on Friday by Jessica Svendsen, a Gender Equity and Policy Postgraduate Assistant of the Yale Women Faculty Forum, called “Graphic Feminism.” I wonder what a similar op-ed would look like at other schools.