With apologies to Aimee Mann and ‘Til Tuesday, that’s the thought that crossed my mind when I read a piece in the New York Times last week on a class geared specifically toward training women to write op-ed pieces that can get published.
MojoMom beat me to the punch on raising it as a topic (check out her great posts!).
Op-eds are a passion of mine, and I had a gig for almost a year writing them at a local newspaper. As a result, I started really noticing what a dearth of thoughtful female voices there are, liberal or conservative, on the op-ed pages.
No doubt there are plenty of amazing writers who are men, and I can identify with a lot of their arguments on positions, but without having women’s positions and voices regularly heard in that forum, our ideas are getting lost and we’re missing a golden opportunity to reach out to the power brokers and decision makers with ideas that should be percolating in their heads.
Some might argue that, with decreasing circulation numbers of newspapers, that op-eds are becoming less relevant to making voices and opinions heard in a way that can effect real change.
That could be the case a couple of decades down the road, but I think it’s time for us to consider putting our ideas about the issues we feel most passionately about into those pages.
Given the number of amazing writers with the range of thoughts and opinions out here in the blogosphere, there shouldn’t be a shortage of opinion pieces being submitted and published in papers across the country.
If we “mommybloggers” have time to pen a post of a few hundred words a couple of days a week, I’m willing to bet that we can significantly up the numbers of our positions being expressed in the newspapers read by the policymakers.
Ready ladies? On your marks, get set …..