Juliette Kayyem on women writers and foreign policy

Advice to women writers on the fifth ‘F’
The Boston Globe
June 4, 2012
Op-ed by: Juliette Kayyem, lecturer in public policy with the Belfer Center and member of the Belfer Center Board of Directors
Topic: Women writers and foreign policy

“A study released last week by a group called the Op-Ed Project has some disconcerting news for ‘legacy media.’ Turns out that not only are newspapers losing influence, they also favor publishing men’s ideas. Maybe the two are related, but over a 12-week period late last year, only 20 percent of op-eds were written by women. The number itself is disturbing enough, but the study also showed that women were much more likely to get published if they wrote on ‘pink’ topics, dubbed the four ‘Fs’ — food, family, furniture (home), and fashion.”

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