Sunday, March 4

Where Are The Women Writers?

Heather Mallick writes:"Women writers have for years been vanishing from American magazines (pleasingly, this is less true of Canadian magazines)."

Last year, an American website, WomenTK, began tracking the ratio of male to female writers in Harper's, The Atlantic, The NYT Magazine, The New Yorker and Vanity Fair. Arguably, the ratio should be more or less one to one because that's what life is like. (That's not how it turned out)

The numbers, as Ruth Davis Konigsberg of WomenTK writes, prove Ursula K. Le Guin's remark that “when women speak more than 30 per cent of the time, men perceive them as dominating the conversation.”

LINK: Heather Mallick at

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