Do Women’s Magazines Need More Female Writers?

3 May 2012
Do Women’s Magazines Need More Female Writers?
Do Women’s Magazines Need More Female Writers?

Here at Grazia, we’re proud of our team of talented, intelligent – not to mention fashion-forward - writers. And it’s worth mentioning that around 99% of them are women.

So why do we feel the need to say this? Because it seems we might be in the minority…

A debate has erupted this week about whether female writers are being under-represented on magazines. A study found that in one issue of Harpers Bizarre, just 16% of the content was apparently written by women. Which seems kind of crazy, given these magazines are for women. (We’re happy to report this week’s issue of Grazia was written almost entirely by women.)

Leading the debate is Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor of The Nation. She says magazine editors ‘need to think hard about how we nurture a generation of women writers working across a range of issues.’

It’s not the only area where women are under-represented. A study of the UK’s national newspapers last year found in a typical month, 78% of articles were written by men. Er, hello…

So what do you think? Do magazines need more female writers? And how can female voices be promoted? We’d love to hear your opinion, so why not comment below or join the discussion on Grazia UK’s Facebook page.



Read more fashion and beauty news on graziadaily.co.uk
See what's in the latest issue of GRAZIA magazine
Click here to subscribe to the GraziaDaily newsletter

What to read next

You have to check this out!

Great way to meet 45+ singles

Drivers With No Tickets In 3 Years Must Read This

United States drivers are surprised that they never knew this. If you drive less than 50 miles per day you better read this...

VA Mortgage Rates In 2016

VA Rates as Low as 3.25% (3.405% APR) 30 Year Fixed. Exclusive For Veteran & Military Takes 1 Min!

Is it Time to Retire?

If you have a $500,000 portfolio, download “The 15-Minute Retirement Plan” by Forbes columnist Ken Fisher’s firm.