â€œWe looked at 742 books reviewed, across all genres. Of those 742, 655 were written by Caucasian authors (1 transgender writer, 437 men, and 217 women). Thirty-one were written by Africans or African Americans (21 men, 10 women), 9 were written by Hispanic authors (8 men, 1 woman), 33 by Asian, Asian-American or South Asian writers (19 men, 14 women), 8 by Middle Eastern writers (5 men, 3 women) and 6 were books written by writers whose racial background we were simply unable to identify.â€
And itâ€™s not the simple arithmetic that stops the heart. If you start tallying up the substance of womenâ€™s published work â€” whether women are writing 10,000-word feature articles, or whether they are responsible for the shorter filler pieces â€” it gets even more depressing. Or look at the topics that women are writing about. Frequently youâ€™ll find that the only articles with female bylines are about marriages and sex and divorce and child care.
Vida states, â€œThe truth is, these numbers donâ€™t lie. But that is just the beginning of this story.â€