Tuesday, April 17, 2007

The Pullet Surprise...

...is not one at all!

Or at least, the Letters, Drama, and Music Pulitzer Prize's outrageously skewed gender imbalance is no surprise. Out of eight winners and two special citations, only two were women--in, again, not surprisingly, biography and poetry. Men, of course, swept history, nonfiction, and fiction--although last year, women got both fiction and nonfiction (and poetry), for a total of 3 out of 9. In 2005, the number was a distressing 1 out of 7. The Pulitzer Prize website makes no mention of any of this.

I'm sure people of color are even less recognized, but of course figuring that out isn't as simple as noting gendered pronouns in the blurbs about each winner.

Luckily, the journalism prizes are much more balanced, at least by sex. Not sure why that is, but I'm glad to see it.

In other, better news--I'm a finalist for a fellowship that would put me at Cambridge for two months next winter! Woo hoo! Now I just have to prepare for the interview, which happens at the butt-crack of dawn on Monday.

2 comments:

choirgirl said...

Good luck with the interview, and congratulations for getting in! I will be rooting for you, as always.

Sophie said...

To cheer you a up bit, in a move to make Varttina proud, the Finnish parliament becomes to first to have a majority of women:

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/04/17/europe/EU-POL-Finland-Government-Women.php