On the heels of the flurry of activity around #LibTechGender panel and discussions (oversimplified and probably unfair short version: discussions of gender, race, sexual orientation, and other attributes within the library world) at the ALA Midwinter Meeting, I did a simple census of the bloggers and columnists at the leading professional trade magazines, Library Journal and American Libraries. Here are my results:
American Libraries: 7 columnists. 2 women, 5 men.
Library Journal: 13 columnists. 3 women, 10 men.
Overall: 30 columnists. 5 women (25%), 15 men (75%).
75% of paid library-issue columnists are men. In a profession that is roughly 80% women. I’m stunned, but I also realize I shouldn’t even be surprised.
Reblogging for the statistical breakdown of “leading voices” within our profession by gender.