New York Review of Books has a woman problem

The most recent issue of the publication only has one female contributor among 26 men

Published July 31, 2013 5:11PM (EDT)

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It seems as if the New York Review of Books is competing with the London Review of Books to be the most male-dominated literary publication this side of the pond. Women's literary organization VIDA: Women in Literary Arts posted a photo on Facebook of the contents of the most recent issue, which, out of 27 contributors, includes only one female writer:

The image is an example of NYRB's on-going woman problem, as Claire Potter notes in The Chronicle that "in any given issue fewer than a quarter of the essays are written by women." The consistently low representation of women in leading literary publications like NYRB and LRB drives home the point that there's still a wide gender gap in the literary world.

By Prachi Gupta

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