After Vida published “The Count 2010,” detailing the dearth of women bylines in major magazines, Forward.com’s Elissa Strauss decided to tackle the problem at the source.

She wrote to the (editors of The New Yorker, The New Republic, The New York Review of Books, Harper’s Magazine, and The Atlantic; she received responses from all but the Atlantic.

The responses varied from short (The New Yorker’s David Remnick, who wrote two sentences, the latter being “It’s certainly been a concern for a long time among the editors here, but we’ve got to do better — it’s as simple and as stark as that.”) to defensive (NY Review of Books’ Robert Silvers, who sent two paragraphs listing names of women the magazine has published).

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