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THE PLANK MARCH 15, 2007

Women On Op-ed Pages

There's an excellent article in the Times today about Catherine Orenstein's women-focused op-ed writing class. The piece touched on a lot of things that come up at TNR in discussions about why fewer women than men write political opinion articles, including the fact that women are more likely to self-censor ("No, that's stupid, I don't want to say it out loud") and the fact that women have a harder time admitting they want the power that a public voice brings. I've always thought that movement on the issue has to come from many directions (i.e., not just better hiring practices and more female-friendly work environments at publications, but also purposeful action from female writers themselves and the teachers who mentor them), so it's encouraging to see this sort of thing happen on a grass-roots level.

--Britt Peterson

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