About the VIDA Count

February 21, 2012 | by | 0

Each year women 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, counting 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, VIDA Count with us!  We are offering up our Methodologies so you too may contribute to, deepen and complicate this conversation.

Jen Fitzgerald
Count Director

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