The 2014 VIDA Count is now out, showing the progress (or lack of) of some of the top literary publications. The LRB and TLS continue to be bottom of the class, despite numerous attempts over the last few years to make them care about their shocking lack of parity. On the other hand, Boston Review, Poetry, and Granta among others, continue to do well.
While the VIDA count cannot help subscribing to a gender binary for its count, it was good to see them trying to extend their count beyond gender to race, even if, by their own admission, their 'dataset is incomplete'.
Overall, I'm in awe at the work that VIDA do to try and and make an impact on the literary landscape. Here's to their efforts continuing to get bigger, better and more intersectional as they progress.
In its sixth year, our all-volunteer literary organization, VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, is off to another flying start with the efforts of THREE counts: the fifth annual 2014 VIDA Count, the second annual 2014 Larger Literary Landscape VIDA Count and our first annual 2014 Women of Color VIDA Count. The results we found in the VIDA Count and in the L3 VIDA Count were, in several cases, very encouraging, while other journals did not fare so well. The process of conducting the 2014 WOC VIDA Count was complex, and by necessity employed a different methodology. The results of the WOC VIDA Count are incomplete, yet even at this stage, the process has raised crucial questions about the state of race and ethnicity in the literary landscape.