Making VIDA Count


We reached out to several of the worst offenders to ask where they thought they had gone wrong…but got very little in the way of responses. So we decided, instead, to reach out to the editors of the publications that actually had managed to show a relatively gender-equitable byline distribution in 2012.

Flavorwire talks to editors from Tin House and Granta about their favorable showings in this year’s VIDA count.

How did they pull it off? The answer is not as simple as “genuinely believing the obvious fact that women produce writing just as good as men’s.”

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 →