An Approximately Accurate Gender Breakdown of TLB Contributors in 2016

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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 December 2016, 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:

PRINT EDITION

  • TLB32: 17 women, 16 men, 2 non-binary
  • TLB31: 14 women, 27 men, 2 non-binary
  • TLB30: 30 women, 17 men, 3 non-binary
  • TLB29: 23 women, 16 men, 1 non-binary

ONLINE

  • Dec 2016: 9 women, 4 men, 1 non-binary
  • Nov 2016: 10 women, 6 men
  • Oct 2016: 9 women, 4 men
  • Sep 2016: 9 women, 3 men
  • Aug 2016: 9 women, 4 men
  • Jul 2016: 9 women, 5 men
  • Jun 2016: 12 women, 5 men
  • May 2016: 6 women, 10 men
  • Apr 2016: 8 women, 4 men, 1 non-binary
  • Mar 2016: 8 women, 4 men
  • Feb 2016: 7 women, 7 men
  • Jan 2016: 3 women, 2 men

In 2016, we published a total of 183 contributions by female writers, artists and musicians, 134 contributions by male contributors, and 10 works by contributors who identify as non-binary. In percentage terms, that’s 56% women, 41% men, and 3% non-binary.

In the greater scheme of the Brow, we’ve published approximately 1930 contributions since 2007. That’s 930 contributions by female artists, 985 contributions by male artists, and 15 contributions by non-binary artists. In percentage terms, that’s an overall ratio of 48.2% women, 51% men, and 0.8% non-binary.

As a reminder, this time last year our tally sat at 748 contributions by female writers, artists and musicians, 852 contributions by male contributors, and 5 contributions by non-binary artists. In percentage terms, that was an overall ratio of 46.67% women, 53.2% men and 0.03% non-binary.

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