Posted on 06/19/2018 at 03:30 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

An arts organization reports that female writers still don’t get their due when it comes to articles and reviews.

VIDA examined fifteen major literary publications last year and found that eight of them did not reach gender parity.

In fact, only two of the publications surveyed published 50 percent or more female writers: Granta and Poetry.

Harper’s and the New York Times Book Review were among those publishing between 40 percent and 49.9 percent, while the New Yorker and the New York Review of Books fared worse — 39.7 percent and 23.3 percent, respectively.

In the report’s introduction, VIDA board members Amy King and Sarah Clark write: “When primarily white male voices are heard, it creates a dangerous lens through which the world is viewed.”

VIDA is a feminist arts organization that examines the gender imbalance of both critics and authors whose books are reviewed.

You can read more about the report’s findings at The Guardian and on VIDA’s website.

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