Vida, the organization for women in the arts, has published some disturbing, though not surprising numbers. The pies that illustrate tell the story very plainly.
The truth is, these numbers don’t lie. But that is just the beginning of this story. What, then, are they really telling us? We know women write. We know women read. It’s time to begin asking why the 2010 numbers don’t reflect those facts with any equity. Many have already begun speculating; more articles and groups are pointing out what our findings suggest: the numbers of articles and reviews simply don’t reflect how many women are actually writing.Sincere thanks to Amy King and the women involved in VIDA. As I have said here and elsewhere, the continued blindness to reading and referencing habits is stunning.