Read Courtney on the Wapo Next Pundit Competition

As usual she brings it with personal experience and feminist authority in her measured, thoughtful and generous way.

Being a part of the WaPo’s contest didn’t change how I feel about the value of training women to enter public debate in greater numbers. It did, however, remind me of just how deeply the gender imbalance on op-ed pages is rooted. It’s not all about submission rates or saying yes when producers call; it’s also about old, tired, and stubbornly persistent perceptions of gender and authority.
Reading the comments that amassed following my writing throughout the three-week experience and, especially, after my video appearance, was a sobering reality check about how far we still have to go in changing cultural mores on who gets to speak about “political issues” and how they get to speak about them.

Please go read the rest.

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  • Athenia

    Maria Shiver said that News execs said she’d never make it as a reporter cuz her voice was too “shrill.”
    Also, Thomas Jefferson had a really high and nasal voice.

  • Toongrrl

    Why do they always have to insult girls with sweet high voices???

  • Comrade Kevin

    WaPo is dying and the fact that it chose the least contentious candidate who could be counted on to not rock the boat speaks volumes for how the industry has declined and will continue to decline.

  • TigerLily

    It’s important to note that this was a contest. I think that WaPo readers picked the most familiar candidate, but it’s not the paper’s fault that the voters didn’t want to think outside the box. A bunch of Washington insiders picked another Washington insider. It’s a shame because I enjoyed both Courtney and Zeba’s ideas a lot.