A few years ago, we started recording the breakdown of our contributors’ genders for each thing we published. We’re interested in this, so we keep an eye on it. People are interested in this, so now we share an updated version, accurate up to November 2015, which reflects on TLB print and web contributors.

(Note: we’ve never directly asked contributors to identify their gender, nor do we believe that gender is always simply categorised. The below gender breakdown activity, largely achieved by getting to know our contributors as best we can and then dividing them into ‘male’, ‘female’ or ‘non-binary’, just gives us a general snapshot of the genders of our contributors, and ensures we are never forgetting to think about gender—and of course other demographic considerations—when commissioning and selecting work for publication.)

Here are the figures, presented in no particular order except rigidly reverse-chronological:


TLB28: 20 men, 27 women
TLB27: 20 men, 28 women, 2 non-binary
TLB26: 19 men, 21 women, 1 non-binary
TLB25: 16 men, 25 women


Nov 2015: 4 men, 2 women, 1 non-binary
Oct 2015: 9 men, 11 women, 1 non-binary
Sep 2015: 6 men, 10 women
Aug 2015: 6 men, 5 women
Jul 2015: 5 men, 7 woman
Jun 2015: 5 men, 9 women
May 2015: 5 men, 6 women
Apr 2015: 6 men, 5 women
Mar 2015: 3 men, 4 women
Feb 2015: 5 men, 1 woman
Jan 2015: 4 men, 2 woman
Dec 2014: 5 men, 7 woman
Nov 2014: 10 men, 6 woman


In 2015, we published a total of 130 contributions by male writers, artists and musicians, 165 contributions by female contributors, and 5 works by contributors who identify as non-binary. In percentage terms, that’s 43.3% men, 55% women, 1.7% non-binary.

In the greater scheme of the Brow, we’ve published approximately 1600 contributions since 2007. That’s 852 contributions by male artists, 748 contributions by female artists, and 5 contributions by non-binary artists. In percentage terms, that’s an overall ratio of 53.2% men, 46.67% women, 0.03% non-binary.

As a reminder, this time last year our tally sat at 707 contributions by male writers, artists and musicians, and 570 contributions by female contributors. In percentage terms, that was an overall ratio of 55.3% men and 44.6% women.

As always, if you have anything to ask or say, please get in touch.

–The Lifted Brow