7.16.2004

So, I want to send a big shout out to our summer intern, Francesca, who is so smart and fabulous. She is doing a research project to determine the gender ratio of some additional publications of great literary authority, starting with Harper's and the Atlantic Monthly. Check out what Francesca noticed on her first day of Harper's research:
I thought you might find it interesting that even the selection of letters to the editor chosen for publication is male biased--of the 10 letters published, 9 were from males and 1 was from a female. Additionally, the one female contribution [to the Readings section] was published on page 86 (with two male contributions) rather than on pages with the seven other male contributions on pages 6, 7, and 8. A microcosmic example of bias...
Francesca is reporting about a 9/1 or 8/2 overall ratio for Harper's in 2004.

Whatever will we do when she goes back to Harvard in the fall? If anyone else has a few hours here and there to help with the cause, we would LOVE to hear from you. We want to get statistics for several more publications for 2004 and 2003, so that when we get the blank stares at cocktail parties on mentioning publishing's egregious sexism, we can hand somebody a pamphlet and move right along.

Just the facts, ma'am.

--Elizabeth


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