Male Writers Outnumber Female Writers in Many Publications

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As a female writer I have to say that I got this news and wanted to sound a call to arms to all of my fellow writers of the gentler sex, and ask them to get out there and let their voices be heard!

GalleyCat ran the story about a new report from VIDA: Women in Literary Arts entitled “The Count 2010.”

The report measured the gender balance of all writers published at literary magazines. The publications included in the account included: Granta (overall: 26 women, 49 men),The Paris Review (overall: 32 women, 59 men), and The New Yorker(overall: 163 women, 449 men).

The report also took a look at authors reviewed, book reviewers, and interviews at certain publications that included the likes of: Harper’s (book reviewers: 6 women, 27 men) and The New York Times (book reviewers: 295 women, 438 men).

Here’s an observation from the original VIDA article:

“What, then, are they really telling us? We know women write. We know women read. It’s time to begin asking why the 2010 numbers don’t reflect those facts with any equity.”

VIDA was founded by poets Cate Marvin and Erin Belieu “to address the need for female writers of literature to engage in conversations regarding the critical reception of women’s creative writing in our current culture.”

You can check out the original VIDA report here.

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