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international women's day

Today is International Women’s Day, but while we are surrounded by examples of inspiring female journalists – Marie Colvin, killed in Syria last month, for one – many news organisations still have a long way to go when it comes to supporting their female members.

A study by VIDA: Women in the Literary Arts compared the number of bylines published in major literary magazines by women and by men and found that the majority are dominated by male voices. Bylines at the London Review of Books were 14% female last year, said VIDA. At the New York Review of Books, just 12.5% of articles in 2011 were written by women. Granta, which was 53% female, was the only exception to the rule.

The Columbia Journalism Review reported earlier this week that the percentage of female bylines at most of the magazines in VIDA’s study isn’t just small; it’s shrinking. Comparing the 2011 VIDA data with that of 2010 showed that the proportion of stories written by female journalists had fallen at The New Yorker, the New York Review of Books, the London Review of Books and the Boston Review.


Hannah Vinter


2012-03-08 19:03

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