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Women on the Op-Ed Page

Anne Applebaum's piece today is great, and I think she should have given even more of her credentials: She won the Pulitzer Prize a year ago for a book about the Gulag, a piece of journalistic heavy-lifting that defies any stereotype for the kind of thing women want to write about and want to read about. We could use more women on our op-ed page, but more importantly we could use more Applebaums. She also should start an Appleblog. (The blogosphere isn't a men's club, is it? Wonkette's the biggest star in the biz. Virginia Postrel has a great blog. If I actually read blogs once in a while I'd know more names off the top of the noggin.) (I probably should have mentioned this earlier, but I am not very digital, rarely go online, and get virtually all of my news, including sports scores, from The New York Review of Books.) In any case, this debate about women on the op-ed page, or their absence, makes me want to read one of these famed Susan Estrich columns that Michael Kinsley has declined to make a regular feature of the L.A. Times, a decision that I suspect reflects that precious commodity known as editorial judgment. (Sorry, he's just not into you.)

By Joel Achenbach  |  March 16, 2005; 7:17 AM ET
 
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