About the VIDA Count

February 21, 2012 | by | 1

Each year, volunteers from across the country dedicate thousands of combined hours to perform an arduous task: we manually, painstakingly tally the gender disparity in major literary publications and book reviews.

The New York Review of BooksWe break down thirty-nine literary journals and well-respected periodicals, tallying genre, book reviewers, books reviewed, and journalistic bylines to offer an accurate assessment of the publishing world.

We were not surprised to find that men dominate the pages of venues that are known to further one’s career.

The VIDA Count, annual since 2010, has not only effected change in the publishing industry, but has also created a strong community of writers and advocates who stand with us. There is much more work to be done.

With our annual VIDA Count we offer up concrete data and assure women authors (and wayward editors) that the sloped playing field is not going unnoticed. We ignite and fan the flames of necessary discourse. Our literary community can only benefit from a range of voices.

Take a look at our annual VIDA Count, tell your friends, write to editors!


One Comment to 'About the VIDA Count'

  • EB says:

    I think it is really a worthy cause to use numbers to draw attention to the racial/ethnic and gender disparities in publishing. However, as a statistician, I noted a major threat to the internal validity of your findings regarding the racial/ethnic breakdown of the writers. In many cases, race/ethnicity was unknown for the majority (at least half) of the respondents due to an inability to locate them, refusal to participate, etc. Unless the distribution of race/ethnicity among the few who responded is similar to that of the majority who did not respond, then your findings may be extremely biased. Thus, I would suggest taking extensive caution with regards to the interpretation of your findings, given your inability to account for this systematic bias.

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