Saturday, September 23, 2006

Broadsheet on : Where are the women writers?

Related to my "More Daves than Women" benchmark I blogged about yesteday, Broadsheet reports a study done by Ruth Davis Koningberg, deputy editor at Glamour and founder of the blog, that found that in major "thought leader" magazines, there were three times as many articles written by men than by women.

Both the Broadsheet posting and are worth a read on this one.

On her website, Davis Koningsberg says:

I picked the following five magazines to track: The Atlantic, Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, and Vanity Fair, the so-called “thought leaders” which also happen to identify themselves as general interest. (I omitted the newsweeklies because so much of the copy has multiple bylines.) Over the course of a year, the overall average shows that these magazines publish stories by male writers three times more often than they do stories by female writers, thereby supporting Ursula K. Le Guin’s hypothesis that “there is solid evidence for the fact that when women speak more than 30 percent of the time, men perceive them as dominating the conversation.” At The New Yorker, the ratio was four to one. At Harper’s, it was almost seven to one.


Blogger PunditMom said...

We must be on the same wavelength this week, MojoMom. I had the same thought about women opinion writers, which was prompted by an editorial cartoon that I posted.

I guess we all need to put ourselves out there more and hope that the editors will see what they're missing.

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