June 1, 2011 § 16 Comments
The folks at VIDA have given us in-depth numbers regarding the large gender imbalance in the Best American series, especially Best American Essays:
In the Best American Essays Series from 1986 through 2010, the numbers look dire across the board. Works by women accounted for only 29% of those published in the anthology. There was only one year in twenty-five that the number of works by women published in the anthology outnumbered the works by men.
It seems that even during those years that women were guest editors, female nonfictionists were poorly represented. The one exception seems to be the year Joyce Carol Oates made the picks.
Go here for in-depth statistics: