New York Review of Books has a woman problem

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

Prachi Gupta
July 31, 2013 9:11PM (UTC)

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.

Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at pgupta@salon.com.

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