More women in
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: