About The Op-ed Project
The OpEd Project is an initiative to expand public debate, with an immediate emphasis on enlarging the pool of women experts who are accessing (and accessible to) our nation's key print and online forums—which are a gateway into public debate, feed all other media, and are a hub of thought leadership.
The Op-Ed Project Vision
Our Vision is to create a sea change in our nation’s conversation by empowering a wave of women to write op-eds, join the public discourse and encourage and refer other women to do the same—creating a multiplier effect that will alter the patterns of under-representation of women in media rolodexes and inboxes, and expand the pool of visible female talent. Our vision is also for a truly merit-based public debate. Rather than demanding editors meet gender quotas (perhaps at the expense of publishing the best op-eds), The OpEd Project presumes we are all equally smart, talented and valuable – and will be equally represented in public debate if given the opportunity.
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Write to Change the World
In the US key opinion forums feed all other media and drive thought leadership. The op-ed pages and commentary forums of major media outlets – whether print, online, or broadcast – are followed by diplomats, business-people, scholars, and those in the highest levels of government. They can sway public opinion and change the world.
During this month, The OpEd Project will push you to hone the ideas and causes that you care about, and help you to write about them to make a difference. We will explore the source of credibility and how to establish it quickly; the patterns and elements of a powerful argument; the difference between being “right” and being effective; how to preach beyond the choir, how to think bigger about what you know, and how to make a bigger impact on the world. This month is not about writing op-eds—it's about empowering you to find your voice and make a difference, and it is about the collective impact we can all make by doing so.
The OpEd Project is an initiative to radically expand and enrich public debate, and to dramatically increase the number of women in thought leadership positions. We take op-ed as a metaphor for thought leadership, a strategy for breaking into public debate, and a mechanism for measuring concrete results.