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Why don't more women illustrators win the Caldecott?

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My blog-mate, illustrator (and member of the Best Books for Babies award committee) Carol Baicker-McKee asks this question on our blog this week.

http://www.rt19writers.blogspot.com/2012/01/why-dont-women-illustrators-win.html

Please read and contribute to her list of statistical and anecdotal theories.
#1 - January 26, 2012, 07:59 AM

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Thanks for sharing. Very interesting. Glad someone took the time to begin this discussion!

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#2 - January 26, 2012, 08:45 AM
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Sadly, we just keep going around and around on this issue -- and gender inequality in awards generally -- without anyone really doing any of the work that would be required to get to the bottom of it. (Which is a sad thing about the publishing industry, because in a lot of industries, there would be a task for and some dollars contributed to the issue in the name of diversity.)

But Carol does a nice job of laying out the potential roots of the problem.
#3 - January 26, 2012, 09:02 AM
The Farwalker Trilogy
The Humming of Numbers
Reality Leak

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There's a pretty high-level discussion going on on child_lit right now--all those academics!!
#4 - January 26, 2012, 09:10 AM
VAMPIRINA IN THE SNOW (Disney-Hyperion, 2018)
BUSY-EYED DAY (Beach Lane Books, 2018)
GROUNDHUG DAY (Disney-Hyperion, 2017)
among others

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It's very interesting question. Thanks for sharing the link.
#5 - January 26, 2012, 09:56 AM

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Hmmm.... I never knew,
I have a very very bad habit of not looking at who illustrated a picture book if I like the artwork I buy the book 
thanks
#6 - February 14, 2012, 03:43 AM

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Interesting. Although she doesn't arrive at a definitive answer, she provides a cogent analysis.
I'd like to see more discussion of this issue.
#7 - February 14, 2012, 01:25 PM
DUCKWORTH, THE DIFFICULT CHILD (Atheneum, 2019)
INCOGNOLIO (Janx Press, 2017)
CRASHING EDEN  (Solstice, 2012)
OTTO GROWS DOWN (Sterling, 2009)

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The numbers are weirdly undeniable though, aren't they? My crit partners and I pushed this topic around for quite awhile the other day, trying to think of what could possibly account for the discrepancy across multiple committees, multiple years, and came up short. But when you look at the difference in the numbers between the Caldecott and the other awards . . . weird times!
#8 - February 18, 2012, 04:48 PM

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Pretty much all my college art professors were men, but almost all the students were women.
#9 - March 01, 2012, 09:08 AM

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