A few weeks ago I volunteered to be The Ooze's new Faith Editor. I don't think anyone had been working on the articles for quite some time as there were dozens of submissions waiting to be approved and scheduled for publication. Not that I'm complaining - editing is something I really like
It took a week or so before everything was fully organized, and the good news is that The Ooze will now have new articles coming out every week for the next several months. The bad news is that only nine of the ninety-eight (or 9.18%) authors scheduled to be published in the next half-year or so are female.
9%? When women make up 51% of the general (US) population
? That seems like a really low figure especially for a site as EC and pomo-friendly as The Ooze.
Don't get me wrong - I'm not advocating any kind of quota system for The Ooze or any other site. I've met some truly gifted male writers in the short time I've been volunteering and I'm happy to publish such well-written work.
But I would like to see more - many
more - women participate in The Conversation. The Emerging Women blog et. al. that is starting up at Emergent Village
is an excellent start, although to be honest I do worry a bit about it being perceived as the "women's corner" of the conversation....especially if EC'ers as a community aren't also working to integrate those of us as the margins more fully into the group. It's a both/and situation, not an either/or.
So, what can I do to change this situation? What can you do? Any suggestion is welcomed...even if you tell me that I'm thinking too much about this. ;)
Labels: Community, Gender Issues