OpEd Project: Tucson Public Voices Fellowship
According to research by the OpEd Project, six years ago, less than 15% of key commentary forums (published op-eds) were written by women. Recognizing the need to change the public discourse, in the fall of 2013, the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona, in partnership with the University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and local philanthropists, brought a national initiative called the Public Voices Fellowship to Tucson. The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences was especially interested bringing the OpEd Project to Tucson because of its fit with the public outreach mission of the UA, and the College has been an active partner in the program since its launch.
First piloted at Yale, the goal is to increase the influence of women and minority thought leaders, changing who narrates our world.
In our first three years, 58 Fellows published over 170 op-eds, as well as 50+ TV/radio appearances, keynote speeches and awards. Fellows have published in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, CNN, the Guardian, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, ESPN, Al Jazeera America, The Hill, Stanford Social Innovation Review, The Huffington Post and The Root. They have launched new research studies, leveraged new funding streams, and shaped local and national debate and policy. Today, over 25% of published op-eds are written by women.
Interested in learning more? Please contact Dawne Bell, CEO of the Women’s Foundation, to learn more.