Looking at the professional articles (not student notes) published by the Illinois Law Review in years 2007, 2008 and 2009, I count:
- 72 total articles published
- 90 total authors published
- 10 single-author articles published by women
- 6 multiple-author articles with a female co-author
In other words, 13.88% of all articles published by the Illinois Law Review during this period were written solely by women. 17.77% of all authors published by the Illinois Law Review during this period were female.
Happenstance? Maybe. But by asking the questions and examining the article selection process, one can arrive at a more informed answer.
In Of Authorship and Audacity: An Empirical Study of Gender Disparity and Privilege in the ‘Top Ten’ Law Reviews, Minna Kotkin studies authorship by gender in 15 “top” law reviews over a 3-year period. She finds that the percentage of female authors in this group is 20.4%, suggesting “there is at least the possibility of gender bias.” Kotkin compares this to the percentage of tenure-track teachers who are female (44%).
Comparing my results to Professor Kotkin’s, Illinois publishes even fewer women than the average journal in her study, and that average journal didn’t publish female authors at a rate even close to their percentage of tenure-track faculty.
This “Where are the Women” series is very discouraging. Is any journal listening?