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The academic support gap

Are female scholars getting the consideration they need to produce writing proportional to their male counterparts?

For many years, academic publishing was considered a man’s world. But a cursory read through the spring 2016 university press catalogues suggests that while gender disparities still exist, they are shrinking. Are manuscripts by female scholars garnering the same consideration as those of their male counterparts? What impediments are preventing women from producing books? And if the publish-or-perish mantra still holds true, what does that imbalance mean for women?

ILLUSTRATION BY KATIE CAREY

Many academic publishers across the country express their awareness of these issues, but also note the many complexities that underpin the problem. There are no easy fixes, it seems.

Q&Q asked three insiders to share their opinions about the challenges – and potential solutions – to increasing the number of female authors on university press frontlists.

The panelists

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