The Last Opinions of 2010

Happy 2011 from all of us here at the OpEd Project! New years eve marked the last day of the three month byline survey, make sure to stay tuned for the final report to be released in the coming weeks. In the mean time take a look at these notable female -authored op-eds, published in the final hours of 2010.

Peggy Noonan of the Wall St. Journal published a piece on the origin and cultural significance of the New Years anthem Days of Auld Lang.

Susan Jacoby, the author of the forthcoming “Never Say Die: The Myth and Marketing of the New Old Age,” published an op-ed in the New York Times entitled Real Life Among the Old about the aging baby boomer generation.

The Washington Post released its top ten most-viewed opinion pieces of 2010, only two of which were authored by women and neither of whom are regular contributors to the Post. The eighth most widely read was a piece entitled Sarah Palin is wrong about John F. Kennedy, religion and politics written by Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, the the niece of President Kennedy. In her piece, Townsend takes issue with Palin’s criticism of Kennedy and with her implication that politicians should have to pass a religious test. The second most widely read op-ed was Oval office rug gets history wrong by Jamie Stiehm. Stiehm pointed out that a quote in the new White House rug that was being attributed to Martin Luther King Jr. actually originated with progressive Bostonian Theodore Parker. Hopefully 2011 will see the publication of a larger percentage of female authors across all news sources.

Here are the results from the last week of the byline survey:


NYT         WSJ           WP           SA         HP         DB

%W            29           16          14            15           25           35

%M             79           84          86            85           75           65


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