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New program encourages diversity in op-ed writing
By Alex Chituc | October 13, 2011

(Yale Daily News) A new program introduced at Yale in the spring aims to bring more female and minority experts into the field of opinion writing. The Yale Women’s Faculty Forum and the Provost’s Office have provided $50,000 to sponsor the Public Voices Thought Leadership Fellowship at Yale, which pairs senior faculty members with writing mentors from the OpEd Project, a New York-based organization that works with universities and nonprofits across the country to encourage gender equality in opinion journalism. OpEd Project instructors work with 20 “OpEd fellows” ­— female and minority male members of Yale’s faculty — for two years of mentoring.

Men compose 87 percent of Wikipedia editors, 84 percent of pundits on Sunday morning talk shows and 80 to 90 percent of contributors to newspaper opinion pieces, according to the OpEd Project’s website. American studies and women’s gender and sexuality studies professor Laura Wexler said those statistics motivated her to spearhead the effort that brought the OpEd Project to campus in May, with the help ofSchool of Medicine professor Shirley McCarthy. At the time, both Wexler and McCarthy were co-chairs of the Women’s Faculty Forum, a group that promotes gender equity at the University.

“We need a greater variety of voices to help expand public commitment to scientific research, enrich our social world and deepen our political choices,” Wexler said in a Wednesday email. “Yale faculty members do important work in all these areas. Yet translating the results of our specialized research for the public idea space is an art in which few of us are trained.”

Newspaper op-ed editors are usually not biased against women and minorities, McCarthy said, but those segments of the population submit fewer op-eds for publication.





How to Build Confidence
By Amy Gallo I April 29, 2011

Very few people succeed in business without a degree of confidence. Yet everyone, from young people in their first real jobs to seasoned leaders in the upper ranks of organizations, have moments — or days, months, or even years — when they are unsure of their ability to tackle challenges. No one is immune to these bouts of insecurity at work, but they don't have to hold you back. 



The Twitter Gender Gap
By Elmira Bayrasli, May 9, 2011

Today, on the day after Mother’s Day, I’m going off topic. Instead of entrepreneurship, I’ve got mom on my mind. What would I do without her wise counsel? There are no truer words than “listen to your mother.” As I sat with mine yesterday, I began to wonder, what about other women? Is “mother” the only woman that gets our attention? According to two recent studies and Twitter, it seems so.


Disputing the Queen Bee Sydrome on NBC News
Marci Alboher, April 12, 2011

This morning Marci Alboher, an Op-Ed Project Advisor, made an appearance on NBC’s Today Show to discuss the “Queen Bee Syndrome.” The term describes the phenomena of female executives favoring their male subordinates over females as found in a recent study

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