Editor's Note: Not Too Shabby for a 'Lady'
The journey is not over. I see and hear examples of chauvinism more than I care to admit. Sometimes it’s simply in letters addressed “Dear Sirs.” Sometimes it’s in nonchalant comments (a publisher telling his subordinate (female) staffer to “get dolled up” for a client) or in the exclusion of women in “boys club” corporate cliques. And sometimes it goes much further than that to downright harassment.
Many men, however—probably even the majority today—are not chauvinistic. The problem is that the challenges women face in the workplace don’t only come from the remaining male population. For example, I have talked with women who won’t hire other women who have young children because they’ve gotten “burned” by such women in the past, due to a frequency of unexpected personal days to care for sick children or attend school activities. (I’ve been burned by a number of horrible employees, male and female, who had no children.)
In this issue, you’ll see Book Business’ first-ever list of “50 Top Women in Book Publishing.” The list was created to recognize the significant achievements and contributions that women have made to this industry. They are, by far, not the only women who have impacted book publishing, but they are among the leaders in their fields. Despite the fact that women are sensitive, cantankerous and fussy; lack self-initiative; and need to tidy their hair frequently, they have accomplished a whole heck of a lot. Individually and collectively, they are a force with which to be reckoned.