What is VIDA: Women in Literary Arts?
VIDA is a non-profit feminist organization committed to creating transparency around the lack of gender parity in the literary landscape and to amplifying historically-marginalized voices, including people of color; writers with disabilities; and queer, trans and gender nonconforming individuals.
What do we do?
- VIDA Count highlights gender imbalances in publishing by tallying genre, book reviewers, books reviewed, and journalistic bylines to offer an accurate assessment of the publishing world.
- VIDA Review features original interviews, articles, and essays from an intersectional feminist and womanist perspective on the literary world, publishing, education, and the arts.
- VIDA Events are conducted at festivals and conferences nationwide, including readings, panels, and forums on all aspects of the literary community, from academia to activism, publishing to career development.
- VIDA aims to provide a platform for marginalized communities within the literary community and beyond.
What People are Saying about VIDA
Watch what Jodi Picoult, Jamia Wilson and more have to say about VIDA here.
“Since it began several years ago, the VIDA Count has been a reliable conversation-starter about gender disparity in the literary world.” —New York Times
“Probably the best-known set of statistics comes from an organization called VIDA, which has created a feature …[which] consists of pie charts that track the number of women and men both doing the reviewing and being reviewed.” —NPR
“The gender (and racial) inequity exists. It is stark. Counting is useful for reminding us.” —Roxane Gay, author of “Bad Feminist”
“For four years, by tracking these numbers, VIDA has put a spotlight on the editorial staff of these publications–insisting that they either demonstrate a commitment to achieving gender parity or reveal their steadfast commitment to preserving patriarchy by default.” —Syreeta McFadden, Feministing
“It’s no coincidence that great books are described as ‘seminal’ instead of ‘ovular.’ Publishing has come a long way, but as the sharp-eyed readers at VIDA keep reminding us, we have a long way to go.”—Ron Charles, Editor of The Washington Post’s Book World
“[VIDA’s] numbers were a kick in the pants, in a very good way. I’ve been editor of Tin House since the beginning, back in 1999, and the numbers spurred us to take a deep look at our submissions, from the slush to solicited manuscripts, who we are asking for work and what they are sending us.”—Rob Spillman, editor of Tin House magazine and editorial advisor of Tin House Books
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