More women in

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Your Feedback - Jenny Salmon, Via email

It has al­ways wor­ried me – as it does Lucy McRobert (Opin­ion, De­cem­ber 2015) – that the pro­por­tion of women vis­i­ble in the higher ech­e­lons of con­ser­va­tion is so low, but I find it ironic that I read this ar­ti­cle in BBC Wildlife. Your edi­to­rial ad­vi­sory panel lists 32 mem­bers, only two of whom are women – one a for­mer editor of the mag­a­zine, the other Jane Goodall.

Of the writ­ers/nat­u­ral­ists fea­tured in the De­cem­ber is­sue, 20 are men, in­clud­ing all of the Dis­cover Wildlife ex­perts. Just four are women, plus the cur­rent editor. Of six books re­viewed, five were writ­ten by men. In my long ex­pe­ri­ence of BBC Wildlife, th­ese sorts of sta­tis­tics are far from un­usual – even my 12-yearold daugh­ter has asked me why there are so few women’s names in the mag­a­zine.

I ac­cept that three out of the mag­a­zine’s past four edi­tors have been women, but are you go­ing to put your money where Lucy’s mouth is and sup­port women in con­ser­va­tion? I hope so.

Editor Sheena Har­vey says:

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