Women Still Not Equal in Writing World

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VIDA, the organization that tracks the status of women in the writing world, has posted their annual count of female writers published in major literary magazines in comparison to male writers published in the same places.

This year, they’ve posted side-by-side statistics for 2010, 2011, and 2012, all in easily readable bar-graph form.

The upshot: Things don’t really look any better than they ever have. Some publications employed progressively fewer women over the three-year period, and some, like the New York Review of Books, have a ratio of female to male writers so dismal it’s almost hard to believe.


Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →