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The OpEd Project is a social venture founded to enrich and expand the world's conversation, by increasing the range of voices we hear from in the world--especially women's voices. Working with top universities, think tanks, nonprofits, corporations and community organizations across the nation, we scout and train women and other under-represented experts to take thought leadership positions in their fields (though op-eds and more); we connect them with our national network of high-level media mentors; and we vet and channel the best ideas directly to media gatekeepers across all platforms. We also offer day-long program open to the public in major cities across the nation, on a rotating basis.

Stephanie Drenka
05/31/2019
Stephanie Drenka

Stephanie Drenka

The point is not whether I’m "grateful" my birth mother didn’t abort me; it is that she deserved to make her own choice. My existence was not for me to decide, nor was I entitled to be here. Nevertheless, I am here. And I have a voice. It is my choice now what to do with it.

The OpEd Project #PublicVoices #WriteToChangeTheWorld

El Valle District - UMC
05/31/2019

El Valle District - UMC

El Valle District is blessed to host this very diverse group of individuals striving to make a difference in a very uniformed arena of voices and leaders. Thank you to Methodist Healthcare Ministries for organizing and supporting this movement.
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"This is a unique opportunity to lift up local voices to enrich the national conversation with stories sourced directly from the Rio Grande Valley,” says Stephanie McClain, Sí Texas project lead. “We are eager to improve awareness of and access to better health care by amplifying leaders and experts on mental and behavioral health, immigration, as well as the social determinants impacting health and quality of life." #MHMSiTexas
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Thank you to Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc., The OpEd Project and our facilitator @tcpuente Teresa Puente #RioTx

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05/30/2019
Stephanie Drenka

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The point is not whether I’m "grateful" my birth mother didn’t abort me; it is that she deserved to make her own choice. My existence was not for me to decide, nor was I entitled to be here. Nevertheless, I am here. And I have a voice. It is my choice now what to do with it.

The OpEd Project #PublicVoices #WriteToChangeTheWorld

FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITY: Brilliant people with relevant knowledge in the nexus of aging, longevity, intergenerational con...
05/27/2019

FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITY: Brilliant people with relevant knowledge in the nexus of aging, longevity, intergenerational connection and social justice — APPLY for the 2019-20 Encore Public Voices Fellowship!

In the United States, we have added more than 30 years to life expectancy in the past century, but not across the board. Whites live longer than people of color. Women live longer than men. And the richest Americans live 10-15 years longer than the poorest. In 2019, for the first time ever, there are more people over the age of 60 than under the age of 18. The ripple effects of these shifts will affect every aspect of society.

We need better and faster ideas from a more diverse set of people of all ages, including those who are most impacted by the uneven implications of these realities, and thus most likely to see new solutions and envision a more just future.

Which is why The OpEd Project and Encore.org are partnering on this fellowship initiative. Please spread the word—or apply yourself!

APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN! ✍🏽 📰 📣

The Encore Public Voices Fellowship is a prestigious year-long initiative to accelerate the ideas and impact of 20 new and necessary thought leaders working at the intersection of aging/longevity, intergenerational connection and social justice. Learn more and apply here by June 26. bit.ly/epvf2019 Spread the word! #PublicVoices

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BBYO
05/23/2019
BBYO

BBYO

"To dismantle the diverse manifestations of gender inequality in the Jewish community, we must support, positively challenge, and empower young men to be our allies." We're proud to share this enlightening article about gender inequality by Amanda Cohen, Regional Director of BBYO Central Region West on EJewish Philanthropy. Read on ➡️ bit.ly/2LXfbLH.

Encore.org
05/23/2019

Encore.org

APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN! ✍🏽 📰 📣

The Encore Public Voices Fellowship is a prestigious year-long initiative to accelerate the ideas and impact of 20 new and necessary thought leaders working at the intersection of aging/longevity, intergenerational connection and social justice. Learn more and apply here by June 26. bit.ly/epvf2019 Spread the word! #PublicVoices

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04/22/2019
Zerlina Maxwell

Old post, same message, 10x gratitude.

"If you say things of consequence, there may be consequences. But the alternative is to be inconsequential. My point is not that we should speak up at any cost, but rather that we can't allow fear of negative feedback to determine what kind of voice we have in the world.” Katie Orenstein founder of The Op-Ed Project.

Books Are Magic
03/30/2019
Books Are Magic

Books Are Magic

As Women’s History Month comes to a close, we’re celebrating one of our favorite literary trends: women rewriting some of the most well known stories, but this time with female lenses. From Greek epics, to Shakespearean plays, to fairytales, these writers are reimagining the narratives that have been circulating for thousands of years and giving them a fresh perspective and a fierce, powerful, feminist spirit.

Stephanie—we are honored to have you with us, and to be with you! 🙌
03/25/2019

Stephanie—we are honored to have you with us, and to be with you! 🙌

10 years ago, I told I AM KOREAN AMERICAN that my goal was to someday write a memoir about (hopefully) being reunited with my birth family. 6 years ago, I found them. Today, thanks to The OpEd Project, I finally feel ready to start writing. #PublicVoices #WriteToChangeTheWorld

We're back in Boston Saturday and Sunday, March 9-10th. Join us for 1.5 days thinking expansively about your knowledge a...
02/13/2019
Write to Change the World [EXTENDED] - Boston, March 9-10, 2019

We're back in Boston Saturday and Sunday, March 9-10th. Join us for 1.5 days thinking expansively about your knowledge and experience and why it matters. In this extended version of our Write to Change the World program, we put our ideas to the test, to generate concrete results and walk away with a draft of an op-ed. This program will not be offered again until the fall!

This highly interactive 1.5-Day seminar will challenge you to think more carefully and more expansively about your knowledge and experience, and why it matters. We will explore the source of credibility; the patterns and elements of powerful evidence-based argument; the difference between being “r...

Congratulations to our sixth class of Tucson #PublicVoices fellows, in partnership with the Women’s Foundation of Sout...
10/16/2018

Congratulations to our sixth class of Tucson #PublicVoices fellows, in partnership with the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona and the University of Arizona!

Congratulations to the 20 women selected as 2018-2019 Tucson Public Voices Fellows!

University Fellows: Leila Ali-Akbarian, Megan Carney, Sutapa Dube, Felicia Goodrum Sterling, Linda Phillips, Heidi Pottinger, Claudia Powell, Louise Roth, Hilary Van Alsburg & Margaret Wilder.
Community Fellows: Catherine Bartlett at Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum , Kathleen Bethel at SARSEF , Em Martin Brott at Our Family Services, Lupita Chavez at Pima County Public Library, Rhonda Gonzalez at Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, Laura Gronewold at Ben's Bells Project, Frances Lynch at Bache & Lynch - Personal Injury Attorneys Tucson, AZ, Dee Maitland at League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson, Amy McCoy at @AMP Insights, and Tamara Prime Pima Association of Governments.

The Women's Foundation of Southern Arizona, in partnership with the University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and The OpEd Project, is thrilled to have these 20 Fellows as our sixth cohort of the Tucson Public Voices Fellows. Thanks to generous support from several local philanthropists, David & Lura Lovell Foundation, Diamond Family Philanthropies, Mike & Beth Kasser, Marshall Foundation, Southwest Airlines, University of Arizona, and the Valley Fund for the Advancement of Women and Girls.

Learn more at: www.womengiving.org/op-ed

Congratulations to the twenty scholars and social justice leaders who will make up the sixth cohort of Tucson #PublicVoi...
10/15/2018

Congratulations to the twenty scholars and social justice leaders who will make up the sixth cohort of Tucson #PublicVoices Fellows!

Over the next twelve months, they will endeavor to test the best existing research, learn from live experiments, tackle big philosophical questions and create an environment that is wildly generative of ideas. They will be matched with seasoned journalist mentors, and transform their ideas into concrete pieces of thought leadership. (Participants in previous cohorts have not only published in top media, but launched new research initiatives, testified before Congress, founded local nonprofit organizations, received book contracts and invitations to speak at prestigious conferences, advised the White House, and more.)

They will join 100 Tucson-based fellows from previous cohorts, and over 1,500 fellows nationwide, as they (we!) endeavor to make public discourse more inclusive and more intelligent.

We look forward to meeting them! - The OpEd Project
Katie Orenstein Chelsea Carmona Teresa Puente Christine Larson

Congratulations to the 20 women selected as 2018-2019 Tucson Public Voices Fellows!

University Fellows: Leila Ali-Akbarian, Megan Carney, Sutapa Dube, Felicia Goodrum Sterling, Linda Phillips, Heidi Pottinger, Claudia Powell, Louise Roth, Hilary Van Alsburg & Margaret Wilder.
Community Fellows: Catherine Bartlett at Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum , Kathleen Bethel at SARSEF , Em Martin Brott at Our Family Services, Lupita Chavez at Pima County Public Library, Rhonda Gonzalez at Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, Laura Gronewold at Ben's Bells Project, Frances Lynch at Bache & Lynch - Personal Injury Attorneys Tucson, AZ, Dee Maitland at League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson, Amy McCoy at @AMP Insights, and Tamara Prime Pima Association of Governments.

The Women's Foundation of Southern Arizona, in partnership with the University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and The OpEd Project, is thrilled to have these 20 Fellows as our sixth cohort of the Tucson Public Voices Fellows. Thanks to generous support from several local philanthropists, David & Lura Lovell Foundation, Diamond Family Philanthropies, Mike & Beth Kasser, Marshall Foundation, Southwest Airlines, University of Arizona, and the Valley Fund for the Advancement of Women and Girls.

Learn more at: www.womengiving.org/op-ed

Hi Friends! We're hiring a Director of Fellowships. This is an awesome opportunity for a leader who wants to play a role...
07/10/2018
Work With Us

Hi Friends! We're hiring a Director of Fellowships. This is an awesome opportunity for a leader who wants to play a role in changing our cultural narrative & in changing who writes history.

More info here: theopedproject.org/work-with-us/#director-fellowships

Please share & connect us with your folks.

The OpEd Project's mission is to increase the range of voices and quality of ideas we hear in the world. We provide trainings, fellowships, and resources to amplify underrepresented voices, and change our public discourse for the better.

Immigrant Civic Leadership Program (ICLP) 2018 is accepting applications. In partnership with New York Immigration Coali...
05/21/2018
Immigrant Civic Leadership Program

Immigrant Civic Leadership Program (ICLP) 2018 is accepting applications. In partnership with New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC), Coro Leadership Center of New York will provide organizational leaders and emerging changemakers whose work is focused on strengthening NYC immigrant communities a deeper understanding of policy and decision making in the city, the skills to lead change in their organizations and communities, and a network of engaged and influential alumni to support them in reaching their goals.
Program Calendar: 14 dates from July 2018 - January 2019
Application deadline: June 11, 2018
Program tuition: FREE ($100 materials fee)
Contact: [email protected]
More info: https://coronewyork.org/coro-programs/immigrant-civic-leadership-program

Coro’s Immigrant Civic Leadership Program (ICLP) enhances the capacity of people leading change in immigrant communities across the five boroughs.

05/18/2018
Ignite National

‪If women don’t run for office, these absurd opinions could become reality. Courtesy of our friends at IGNITE. ‬

If women don't run for office, these absurd opinions could become reality. WriteTheRules.org #Writetherules

Frontiers Of Flight Museum
04/28/2018

Frontiers Of Flight Museum

Congrats to Museum Vice President of Education and Programs, Alicia Morgan, who has been accepted into the Dallas Public Voices Greenhouse program. Launched by the Boone Family Foundation, the program is a highly creative, experimental training series designed to test the limits and uses of knowledge and learn what it takes to be influential on a large scale.
Read her first Op-Ed article, "Beyond the Pipeline: Fighting for Women and Girls of Color in STEM:"
http://msmagazine.com/blog/2018/04/05/beyond-pipeline-fighting-women-girls-color-stem/
See all the 2018 participants: http://www.theboonefamilyfoundation.org/voices/2018-dallas-public-voices-greenhouse-participants/
#PublicVoices is a bold national initiative to dramatically increase the public impact of our nation’s top and most diverse thinkers.
#FOFM #fightmuseum #DallasPublicVoicesGreenhouse #oped #BooneFamily #STEM

“For centuries, race has been used as potent category to determine how differences between human beings should and sho...
03/31/2018
Opinion: How Not To Talk About Race And Genetics

“For centuries, race has been used as potent category to determine how differences between human beings should and should not matter. But science and the categories it constructs do not operate in a political vacuum. Population groupings become meaningful to scientists in large part because of their social and political salience — including, importantly, their power to produce and enforce hierarchies of race, sex, and class.”

How Not To Talk About Race And Genetics https://www.buzzfeed.com/bfopinion/race-genetics-david-reich?utm_term=.pwym2j1Kg

Race has long been a potent way of defining differences between human beings. But science and the categories it constructs do not operate in a political vacuum.

03/01/2018
The Happiness Heroes

A poignant example of changing a mind.

In 1969, Mr. Rogers gave the following emotional plea to a Senate Subcommittee. Nixon was trying to cut funding for PBS. Mr. Rogers was trying to save it. This speech is one of many fantastic memories that remind us just how fantastic a happiness hero this man really was.

Somehow using nothing but a few minutes of gentle words, Mr. Rogers was able to convince them not to pull funding from public television. The transition of the committee’s chairman from skeptical and dismissive at the beginning to having an attitude of outright admiration at the end is beautiful to behold. It’s amazing what you can accomplish when kindness and the happiness of others is your goal.

‪“Male silence, and nothing else, has made our gun crisis a women’s issue.“ - Lauren Sandler, an @TheOpEdProject...
02/28/2018
Opinion | Women Can't Solve Our Gun Violence Problem Alone

‪“Male silence, and nothing else, has made our gun crisis a women’s issue.“ - Lauren Sandler, an @TheOpEdProject leader, in the @huff post. ‬

If we decide that gun violence is a women’s issue, efforts to solve the problem will fail.

Interfaith Youth Core
02/06/2018
Interfaith Youth Core

Interfaith Youth Core

Learn how to tell your unique story, leverage your expertise, and pitch to a media outlet to our Feb. 15 online workshop with The OpEd Project.

Thanks in part to the work of journalist and OpEd Project Mentor Harriet Washington, the statue of the racist gynecologi...
01/16/2018
Statues that perpetuate lies should not stand

Thanks in part to the work of journalist and OpEd Project Mentor Harriet Washington, the statue of the racist gynecologist J. Marion Sims in Central Park is being removed from the park, and relocated to a cemetery in Brooklyn. It is the only one of the NYC statues reviewed by the Mayoral Advisory Commission to be moved, rather than just have their plaques amended. https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/new-york-citys-controversial-monuments-will-remain-but-their-meaning-will-be-more-complicated.

Here’s a piece by Harriet, with talking points about the razing of statues celebrate that celebrate racial supremacy: http://www.nature.com/news/statues-that-perpetuate-lies-should-not-stand-1.22633

Monuments to the ‘father of gynaecology’ cannot be defended as historical documents because they hide grave injustices, says Harriet A. Washington.

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