OpEd Project: Tucson Public Voices Fellowship
According to research by the OpEd Project, seven years ago, less than 15% of key commentary forums (published op-eds) were written by women. Today, 26% of published op-eds are written by women. The Tucson Public Voices Fellowship is part of a national initiative that is moving the needle.
A partnership between The University of Arizona, the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona and The OpEd Project, this intense year-long fellowship provides a unique professional and leadership development opportunity. 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 four years, 78 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. 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 nominations period for the 2017-2018 Fellowship is now closed. Questions about the program? Please contact Dawne Bell, CEO of the Women’s Foundation, to learn more.