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Fully 1/3 of Pulitizer Picks Are Women

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April 21st, 2009

The annual Pulitzer Prizes, announced yesterday, include seven women in six of 21 categories. Two are women of color. These proportions aren’t half bad compared with female representation on panels about important public issues, in certain professions, etc.

Let’s celebrate: Alexandra Berzon of the Las Vegas Sun, for Public Service reporting on the high death rate among construction workers in Las Vegas due to lack of enforcement of regulations.

Bettina Boxall and Julie Cart of the Los Angeles Times, for Explanatory Reporting on fighting wildfires in the American West.

Lane DeGregory of the St. Petersburg Times for Feature Writing on an abused child.

Elizabeth Strout for Fiction for her short-story collection “Olive Kitteredge.”

Lynn Nottage for Drama, for her play “Ruined,” about rape in violence in Congo.

Annette Gordon-Reed for History, for her biography “The Hemingses of Monticello,” about the family of Thomas Jefferson’s slave/mistress.

Let’s hope this trend continues upward.

Let’s also hope the Pulitzer Committee starts reading and honoring work in the “alternative” press, where strong reporting (often on important but under-covered issues) has always resided.

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