YOU’LL STILL HAVE ME TO KICK AROUND….Renewed concern this week about the tiny number of female voices in opinion journalism has raised the fact that I’ll be leaving my editorial post at the Monthly in another week or so. I just wanted to make clear that I’m by no means leaving the world of opinion journalism. This is just a short break to write a book (you’ll never guess what it’s about, not in a million years, not even if I…okay, you guessed it) to be published by Scribner in the fall of 2007.

I’ll still be writing, in print and blog-form (I’m not that easy to get rid of…) in the meantime. And we have two fantastic women replacing me as editors here at the magazine ? Rachel Morris and Rebecca Sinderbrand.

In addition, all of The New Republic’s assistant editors (the training-ground-position for staff writer) are women right now, three of the five columnists at the Nation are women, and The Atlantic just hired Amy Waldman as a national correspondent. The gender balance in opinion journalism is by no means where it should be. But it’s getting better, not worse.

And I’ll be back.

Amy Sullivan

Amy Sullivan is a Chicago-based journalist who has written about religion, politics, and culture as a senior editor for Time, National Journal, and Yahoo. She was an editor at the Washington Monthly from 2004 to 2006.