Battle Of The Sexes: Men Still Dominate Bylines And Book Titles
Via NY Daily News:
In terms of the gender-equality movement, I feel the surly bartender in the movie Anchorman sums things up succinctly: "You know, times are changing. Ladies can do stuff now." But as a new study suggests, ladies can do stuff—but they don't do it in the same numbers as men.
The non-profit group VIDA recently did a byline count for the last two years, surveying thirteen literary and political magazines, such as Granta, London Review of Books, and The New Yorker. And the results? Out of nearly 6,000 bylines counted, only a third were from women.
What cause (or combination of causes) is really to blame: inherent sexism? A lack of women writers? The "good ol' boys" club of the publishing and writing industry? At a discussion organized to address the issue, Cate Marvin, co-director of VIDA, suspects many women privately note the gender of writers, and said at the event, “We just wanted to bring the conversation that’s already happening between women and make it public.”
With the easy part of identifying the problem out of the way, now comes the difficult part of fixing it.
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