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Brilliant quote this one. We have come further than that…haven’t we? Though I was just reading the Vida scores, which I’m relatively new to, and found them a tad bit depressing.
I didn’t know about the Vida Scores (although I should have done) so had to look it up. For anyone else who shares my ignorance here’s a useful link http://www.vidaweb.org/about-vida/ but basically its an American arts organisation that monitors the kind of attention women writers receive in the US and abroad. Here’s a sample:-
The VIDA Count reveals major imbalances at premiere publications both in the US and abroad. For example: The New York Review of Books covered 306 titles by men in 2010 and only 59 by women; The New York Times Book Review covered 524 books by men compared to 283 books written by women
Thanks for letting me know about this Kate but I wonder if we have outgrown the desk/washing machine quote. I suspect it is an all too common attitide in most families. Read something by Lorrie Moore the other day about how much more she would have written if she only had a personal servant and the same would be true for all women writers….
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