Byline blog data: Week 6

Hello everyone, here I am with a fresh batch of data from the byline project.  And although there have been some great op-eds penned by women over the past week, I have to say, these numbers aren’t very pretty.  Although the NYT was fairly solid at almost 30% female op-ed contributors, out of 20 op-eds published in the Wall Street Journal between April 12 and April 18, only one had a female byline.  Anita Fulson co-authored the op-ed, dealing with the ways that FDR may have ended the Great Depression, with her husband, Burton Fulsom.

Here are the numbers:

NYT  WaPo  WSJ  HuffPo  LA Times  Salon  Slate

% by women    29      23      5      31       8        11       37

% by men         71       77     95     69      92       91       63

The college newspapers, which I was frankly expecting to do better, seem to be hovering in the same range.

Daily Prince                 YDN                    Daily Texan

% by women       10                           20                        29

% by men            90                          80                         71

I do want to flag a great article from Broadsheet from last week, though.  In it, Sara Libby castigates Politico’s Michael Calderone for his refusal to recognize the fact that the proliferation of new, young, “wonder-boy” pundits (about which he seems very concerned) is actually just history repeating itself.  These new writers are “simply younger versions of what has long been an old boys club.”  Why are women not being given the opportunities that are handed out to 20-something men like Ross Douthat, Brian Stelter, or even Kevin Huffman, winner of the Washington Post’s “America’s Next Great Pundit” competition?  There are, as Libby points out, so many bright, brilliant young women who seem to be bypassed, and we need to examine why – especially in light of this week’s worse-than-average statistics table.


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