Increase Diversity at The New York Times Op-Ed Pages
  • Petitioned Bill Keller

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Executive Editor, New York Times
Bill Keller
Publisher, New York Times
Arthur Sulzberger Jr

Increase Diversity at The New York Times Op-Ed Pages

    1. Petition by

      The OpEd Project

The quality of public debate—and by extension, the quality of our lives as influenced by that debate in countless, critical ways—is exponentially enhanced by a diversity of voices and perspectives. From October to December 2010, 80% of op-eds in The New York Times were written by men. Join us in encouraging the Times to make sure their next op-ed columnist hire is a person who embodies some of the demographic categories and life experiences most left out of the op-ed pages at present—including women, people of color, LGBTQ folks, people with disabilities etc. It's not just right; it's better for everyone.


Recent signatures


    1. Reached 250 signatures
    2. From Feministing: New York Times, don’t hire another white dude columnist

    3. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Jere Martin SANTA FE, NM
      • over 3 years ago

      Seriously? You should know better than to have that % of diversity and don't give us the old saw that good women writers just aren't available. Where are you looking? The men's bathroom?

    • Lorie Novak BROOKLYN, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      I am a long time subscriber and a believer in the paper. You need to expand your readership and here is your chance.

    • Olivia Walker KANSAS CITY, MO
      • over 3 years ago

      Sassily echoing the OpEd projects' sentiments, for the love of everything holy, please hire someone with interesting and diverse experience informing their op ed pieces. Political affiliation or ideological stripe notwithstanding, please do not choose someone to grab headlines for three days, fulfill a niche like "doughy white conservative male, but he's young" or a "we can't be liberal because we gave a goony libertarian a prime spot as an opinion maker"-type. Much love.

    • Ariel Love LOS ANGELES, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      As a young female writer of color, it would be incredibly encouraging to know that people like me can make it into the upper echelons of the op-ed writing establishment.

    • Lenora Babb SALT LAKE CITY, UT
      • over 3 years ago

      Women need representation and a voice.


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