Posts Tagged Gender Gap

What do the numbers say? VIDA’s annual count of the gender gap in publishing

In 2011, one of my classmates from Sarah Lawrence penned an open letter to The New Yorker, blasting them for their then abysmal record of publishing women’s voices. She shared her letter on our closed email listserv and received curious pushback from some of my male classmates. When I say curious pushback, it was more like: “it’s really hard to get published…” or “there are bigger concerns like the economy tanking…” or “the prison industrial complex is growing more powerful by the day…” or “what about black on black crime” (I kid on that last one, but not really). Which is to say: why should we spend our energy caring about something as frivolous as publishing an equal ...

In 2011, one of my classmates from Sarah Lawrence penned an open letter to The New Yorker, blasting them for their then abysmal record of publishing women’s voices. She shared her letter on our closed ...

More than half of this year’s National Book Critics Circle finalists are women

This morning, the National Book Critics Circle named the finalists for their annual awards for excellence in six literary categories (autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry) for the publishing year of 2013. This year’s list includes a healthy gender balance. Twenty women are finalists, and Katherine A. Powers was named the winner for the excellence in reviewing award.

If you recall, the organization VIDA tracks the magazine and publishing industries’ effort (or lack thereof) in representing women reviewers and writers. It remains to be seen how 2013 year will shake out for women writers until VIDA’s annual report is released in the coming weeks. However, national literary awards like NBCC are critical in acknowledging the value ...

This morning, the National Book Critics Circle named the finalists for their annual awards for excellence in six literary categories (autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry) for the publishing year of 2013. This ...

Port magazine cover saying "A New Golden Age" with photo of six white male editors

Magazine cover featuring six old white dude-itors prompts #WomenEdsWeLove

The new golden age of magazine publishing is pretty pale, male, and stale, according to this Port cover. Granted the magazine business is still pretty male-dominated and granted the British quarterly is a men’s magazine and granted who had even heard of it before this cover? Not me. But as others have noted, there are, in fact, quite a few women leading major magazines. (And, as Ruth Franklin points out, that’s not to mention the many female editors, writers, and fact-checkers to which the publications highlighted by Port owe their success.)

So in response, writer and editor Amy Wallace started the #WomenEditorsWeLove hashtag on Twitter yesterday. Check it out and add your favorites!

The new golden age of magazine publishing is pretty pale, male, and stale, according to this Port cover. Granted the magazine business is still pretty male-dominated and granted the British quarterly is a men’s magazine ...

Chart of the Day: The gender gap in Silicon Valley

Just how stark is the gender gap in Silicon Valley? According to Obama’s former technology head honcho Catherine Bracy, reeeeeally bad. Women make just 49 cents for every dollar men make there. Via Mother Jones, here’s a chart that drives it home:

 

In 2010, 89 percent of California companies that got crucial seed funding were founded by men, while just 3 percent had all women founders. And the break down by race is laughable–the 1 percent of black founders doesn’t even show up in the pie. But, as we’ve learned, tech totally doesn’t have a race problem–it’s a meritocracy!

Just how stark is the gender gap in Silicon Valley? According to Obama’s former technology head honcho Catherine Bracy, reeeeeally bad. Women make just 49 cents for every dollar men make there. Via Mother Jones, ...

Chart of the Day: White men are 31% of the population but 58% of evening cable news guests

Media Matters has a series of depressing charts showing the (lack of) gender and racial diversity on cable news shows. They analyzed 13 evening cable news shows on CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC during April, though I’d imagine this sad game could be played every month of the year.

The charts that show the combined effects of the gender and racial gap are particularly revealing. White men make up only 31 percent of the population, but they represented 62 percent of guests on CNN, 60 percent on Fox, and 54 percent on MSNBC. Consequently, as the chart below shows, white women and non-white men are underrepresented, and non-white women are super underrepresented.

It is possible to buck this trend. On Chris Hayes’ ...

Media Matters has a series of depressing charts showing the (lack of) gender and racial diversity on cable news shows. They analyzed 13 evening cable news shows on CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC during April, ...

New Tumblr watch: 100 Percent Men

The 100 Percent Men Tumblr serves up a depressing sampling of “boys clubs” in areas of leadership, business, publishing, the arts, you name it. It’s a high-impact visual reminder of just how bro-tastic the world still is–and motivation to keep working to shake down the patriarchy all over the globe.

The 100 Percent Men Tumblr serves up a depressing sampling of “boys clubs” in areas of leadership, business, publishing, the arts, you name it. It’s a high-impact visual reminder of just how bro-tastic the world still is–and motivation to keep working ...

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