Researcher Examines Lack of Female Opinion Columnists in the US

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By: Bridget Lewis | Phys.org

(Phys.org) —Despite decades of progress by women in the nation’s newsrooms, female writers are still a rarity on the opinion-editorial pages that help drive important public discourse, a UT Arlington assistant communication professor has found.

Dustin Harp’s newly published study found that while two-fifths of female-penned columns at the top U.S. newspapers were about “hard news” subjects such as politics and economics, these women writers are often relegated to writing about traditionally feminine topics, including parenting and health.

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