Thank you, journalist Caitlin Kelly! Your experience and words inspire me. And you are so right. Brilliant post.
The latest American National Magazine finalists are in, and the list is — as usual — heavy with the names of male writers, whose work appears predominantly in the Big Name Magazines, the ones that every seriously ambitious writer here eventually, (or even initially) aspires to: The New Yorker, The New York Times,Rolling Stone, Harper’s, Esquire and The Atlantic, to name a few.
Here’s a piece in the American monthly magazine Mother Jones on this issue:
And now the problem has once again reared its head: On Tuesday, when the 2012 National Magazine Award finalists were announced, exactly zero women were nominated in the big brass-ring categories—reporting, features, profiles, essays, and columns. (Some women did get nominations in other categories, most encouragingly two nods in public interest journalism, although more typically for pieces about breast-cancer economics and “mommy tucks.”)
Erin Belieu, founder of a group whose goal is…
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