The VIDA Count: Lifting Women’s Voices

Culture does not make people. People make culture. If it is true that the full humanity of women is not our culture, then we can and must make it our culture. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie     VIDA: Women in the Literary Arts is an organization that works for gender parity and justice for women writers. […]

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“That Damn Rope”: What Women Writers Can Learn from Women Cops

I recently attended a panel on Women in Law Enforcement at Lynchburg College, where I learned that women, once excluded from law enforcement, now make up roughly 15 percent of sworn personnel. Fifteen percent. I could not help but think of the VIDA Count with its disparaging numbers illuminating the underrepresentation of women writers in […]

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Calling All Female Nonfiction Writers

Here is an opportunity to get your flash nonfiction out into the world:   Brevity, a journal of concise creative nonfiction, is sponsoring a special all-female issue called Ceiling or Sky: Female Nonfictions after the VDA Count. Guest editors Susanne Antonetta, Barrie Jean Borich, and Joy Castro seek “vibrant, knock-out nonfiction of 750 words or […]

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The VIDA 2011 Count and 5 Ways to Flip Silencing the Bird

As far as the numbers go, The 2011 Count is not much different from The 2010 Count. Women writers are still wildly underrepresented in prominent literary publications. But The 2011 Count is peppered with quotes culled from the conversation sparked by The 2010 Count. This is new. People are talking about the reality women writers face […]

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