Dear VIDA Supporter:
Thank you for all that you have given us this year. You have stood alongside us with your letters, tweets, Facebook comments and participation at readings, panels and benefits. Your support has taken us further than we could have ever imagined, and we’d like to keep our end of the bargain in fighting for a fair and balanced world.
VIDA’s incredible journey began with a single email sent out by Cate Marvin in 2009 and led to the first VIDA Count of one journal, Publisher’s Weekly 2009 Best Of list, with its astonishing tally of zero female authors. We were outraged and so were you. Now, four years later, the numbers at many publications are still alarming. When you see the 2013 VIDA Count you will be as galvanized to action in 2014 as you were when we began.
Your voices have made gender balance a dynamic part of the conversation: from op-eds and articles in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Boston Review, to Salon, The Rumpus, and the Los Angeles Times Book Review, you’ve been heard. Today, your tax-deductible contribution can help us sustain our good work. It’s simple. Just click on this link to donate now:http://www.vidaweb.org/donate-now
The end of the year is a time to reflect on our impact on the world. 100% of your contribution will be put to work funding the VIDA Count, developing outreach at venues like AWP, building the VIDA website to include a forum for nuanced conversations among our supporters, and developing initiatives built on VIDA’s mission to advocate for women writers.
You’ve done so much already helping to power this organization. Please help us do more in 2014. We promise to keep Counting, to keep talking, and to keep the issues facing women in the literary arts front and center.
Cate Marvin and Erin Belieu, Founders
Ann Townsend, Alyss Dixson, Amy King, Kara Candito, and Lynn Melnick,
VIDA Executive Committee
P.S. Please forward this letter to others you believe might be interested in supporting our mission.