NEWS: Organization calls for ‘gender equity in literary culture’


I am writing on behalf of Canadian Women in the Literary Arts (CWILA) ­a federally incorporated non-profit which promotes gender equity in Canadian literary culture. Would you kindly share news of CWILA¹s membership drive with people who may be interested at Federation of BC Writers? Please see more details below.

Canadian Women in the Literary Arts (CWILA) is kicking off a membership drive that will run until December 15, 2014. Supporters of CWILA can help to foster equitable critical culture in Canada by purchasing a membership through

Over the past three years, CWILA¹s research has demonstrated there is a significant gender gap in reviews of Canadian books. According to data collected by CWILA in 2013, only 37% of Canadian book review space goes to books written by women, while 57% goes to books written by men. In response to these startling statistics, CWILA and its supporters advocate for gender equity and positive community in the literary arts.

Membership dues are $25 annually and support CWILA¹s two main programs, the annual count of book reviews by gender, and the Critic-in-Residence program, which seeks to foster criticism that promotes public awareness of issues of gender, race, class and sexuality in literary culture. The deadline for applications to be CWILA¹s Critic-in-Residence for 2015 is Monday November 10th, 2014. You can find the guidelines here.

Please consider joining CWILA by filling out the form here. Your membership will go a long way in addressing and redressing the issue of gender inequity in our literary review culture. Visit CWILA at for more information and to get involved.

With many thanks,
Sheila Giffen
Executive Director, CWILA

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