Stella Count finds women writers receiving equal attention

A winning count for gender parity in the publishing industry.

The 2019/2020 Stella Count has just been released, with some bracing, watershed news: women authors now receive equal attention in Australian book reviews for the first time in Stella Count’s history.

Since its inception in 2012, the Stella Count has been the leading annual statistical analysis of gender bias in book reviewing in Australia. The Count collects and analyses data not only on the gender of authors and reviewers but the length of review and the genre of books reviewed.

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Thuy On is Reviews Editor of ArtsHub and an arts journalist, critic and poet who’s written for a range of publications including The Guardian, The Saturday Paper, Sydney Review of Books, The Australian, The Age/SMH and Australian Book Review. She's the outgoing books editor of The Big issue. Her first book, a collection of poetry called Turbulence, came out in 2020 and was published by University of Western Australia Press. Her next collection, Decadence, will be published in July 2022. Twitter: @thuy_on