Thanks to the good folks at VIDA, we now have nine years of hard data to demonstrate what's been anecdotally obvious since the invention of the printing press: fewer women are published than men.
Women writers are underrepresented in virtually every segment of the publishing world, from magazines to newspapers to books. And their books get reviewed far less frequently and garner fewer accolades than men's.
Of course, the causes—and implications—of these disparities are complex. They run as deep as any of our cultural wounds; and like it or not, we're in an age when those wounds are laid bare in a new way.
There's no easy path to parity, but there is increasing (if contentious) discussion about how to get there.
We started our publishing imprint, Double Shift Press, to join that dialogue.
At Double Shift Press, we aim to advance women’s voices in critical conversations about business and leadership, education and art, and politics and activism. This means that we not only publish the work of women authors, but we also help women conceive, write, design, and produce smart, thought-provoking work.
We still create and perfect business and nonprofit communications through Modern Writing Services. But now, through Double Shift Press, we partner with thought leaders, entrepreneurs, activists, and artists to turn their ideas, mind maps, and (sometimes endlessly worked-over) drafts into gripping narratives.
We can’t wait to share our authors’ stories with you!
English PhD, former arts administrator, obsessive cook, native East Coaster, mom to two rabblerousers.
English PhD, former high school teacher, obsessive organizer, native Midwesterner, mom to three troublemakers.