VIDA's annual count of gender diversity at literary outlets has a little good news: Paris Review is the organization's "most improved this year," and The New York Times Book Review has moved the needle, too. VIDA counted bylines, book reviewers and authors reviewed at several outlets. Its "overall" figures combine all those counts.
The New Republic had 9 female book reviewers in 2012. In 2013, it had 4. (Its number of male reviewers declined as well, but not as dramatically.) The percentage of women's bylines inched up at TNR -- for which I've written -- to about 25 percent compared with about 18 percent the year before. (more...)