Varje år presenterar organisationen VIDA statistik över andelen kvinnliga skribenter i de tongivande engelskspråkiga tidningarna och litteraturtidskrifterna. Det här är några av de viktigaste resultaten, som bygger på förra årets mätningar:
”Of the 15 publications in our main VIDA Count, only 2 published 50% or more women writers: Granta (53.5%) and Poetry (50%).
This matches the number of publications from 2016 that published 50% or more women writers, with Granta making the grade for a second year (50% in 2016), now joined by Poetry, while last year’s parity at Tin House (50.6% in 2016) has fallen just below our benchmark.
Meanwhile, 5 of these major outlets had women representing between 40% and 49.9% of their total publication: Harper’s (42.1%), The New York Times Book Review (45.9%), The New Republic (42.2%), The Paris Review (42.7%), and Tin House (49.7%).
Unfortunately, the undeniable majority, 8 out of 15 publications, failed to publish enough women writers to make up even 40% of their publication’s run in 2017: Boston Review (37.8%), London Review of Books (26.9%), The New Yorker (39.7%), The Atlantic(36.5%), The Nation (36.5%), The Threepenny Review (32.7%), and The Times Literary Supplement (35.9%).
The New York Review of Books had the most pronounced gender disparity of 2017’s VIDA Count, with only 23.3% of published writers who are women. Previously, the London Review of Books had exhibited the worst gender disparity, at 21.9% in 2016, with comparable numbers in prior years (23% in 2015, 22% in 2014, 21% in 2013). In 2016, The New York Review of Books successfully strove toward gender parity, with women as 46.9% of their contributors. However, they’ve historically exhibited lows of 21% (2015), 26% (2014), and 21% (2013).”
Det är ganska dyster läsning, även om exempelvis Granta utgör ett lysande undantag. Kan det bero på att ägaren är både kvinna och svensk? Skriver VIDA apropå de här siffrorna: ”This is a good reminder that achieving gender parity is not a one-time goal.” Läs hela undersökningen med kommentarer här.