Impact: Bigger Results
Since The OpEd Project began in January 2008, over 3,000 women experts have come through the program, producing hundreds of op-eds in major (over 50,000 readers) media outlets, as well as thousands of pieces in smaller media in print, online, on radio, and television. Op-eds by women experts in The OpEd Project community have conservatively reached tens of millions of readers.
- Zeba Khan had never published an op-ed before coming through The OpEd Project program with Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow in mid-2009. She was matched with an OEP Mentor Editor, and later that fall she was the runner-up in The Washington Post's "America's Next Great Pundit" contest to win a 13-week column in The Post -- beating out nearly 5,000 other aspiring writers.
- LaDoris Cordell, a retired Superior Court Judge, published an op-ed about gay marriage and the black vote in Salon.com. Within days she appeared on CBS and ABC news, was asked by the San Francisco Chronicle to write a second piece, and was interviewed by the BBC World News. She has since published in a variety of regional and national media outlets.
- Bess Kargman, 22, felt she wasn’t knowledgeable enough to write about anything when she came to The OpEd Project pilot session. Two weeks later, Beth’s op-ed on plagiarism in the college admission process ran on the front page of the Washington Post Sunday Outlook section. It was the most emailed article of the day. Bess was accepted by Columbia Journalism School on the strength of that op-ed, her only published piece of work at the time. She is now a journalist.
- Stanford race scholar Jennifer Eberhardt published an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times in response to a controversial New York Post cartoon depicting two police officers and a dead chimp. After the op-ed ran, Eberhardt was contacted by a judge from a prominent fellowship for which she had been passed over. They had previously felt Eberhardt’s research was “not relevant enough,” but now asked her to reapply.
- Charlotte Fishman, an attorney who participated in a brief filed in support of Lily Ledbetter in the U.S. Supreme Court, published an op-ed in the Los Angeles Daily Journal that was used to brief Congress and distributed by the National Employment Lawyers Association.
- After her op-ed on the mortgage crisis ran in The Denver Post, Manisha Thakor was repeatedly cited in The New York Times, which further established her as an expert. With help from our partner SheSource.org, she was booked on CNN and CNBC alongside Suze Orman and Jim Cramer, and now appears regularly as a finance expert on television.
- Social entrepreneur Elizabeth Sharpf published an op-ed about her work to provide affordable sanitary napkins to women in the developing world on the The Huffington Post home page. Elizabeth’s organization received its first online donation within hours of the piece going live.
- Angela Kays-Burden, a social worker and self-described “pro-life feminist,” felt politically isolated among her mostly pro-choice colleagues. Her op-ed ran in The Christian Science Monitor, and Angela wrote: “The editor called to say they had been flooded with emails – because my piece was #2 on Google news! My piece was read by 20,000 people in the first hour. It connected me immediately with all kinds of people from many different backgrounds, and helped me to further define what I believe, and why my opinion matters.” (As a result, Angela has since become a regular contributor to The Christian Science Monitor.)