A nice article and a bit of a review of what sounds like an interesting book. The idea that women are just now getting into and/or being recognized in SF/F has always been a ludicrous notion (I’ve linked about the topic before), this just expands on it with hard data. Yes, women were/are underrepresented compared to the population, but then again women are overrepresented in the urban fantasy/romance category. People have different tastes and interests.
From the post:
Davin examined every issue of every science fiction and fantasy magazine published in the US between 1926 and 1965, looking for women writers. First he limited himself to magazines that were devoted to either science fiction or fantasy (and admits there were women who published science fiction and fantasy in general fiction magazines that aren’t included in his count). Second, he only counted authors who could be verified as female. Any author with a gender neutral byline or who used initials who couldn’t be verified as female weren’t included.
Davin goes into detail in his chapters, describing and/or quoting some of the authors at length. He also conveniently provides tables and summary figures in Appendices. From 1926-1949, 65 female authors published 288 stories in 20 magazines (i.e., all of the genre magazines of the period), From 1950-1960 another 138 female authors joined the field, for a total of 203 women writers who together published a total of 922 stories.
Read the whole thing here: http://adventuresfantastic.com/the-women-other-women-dont-see/