Today we’re sharing never-before-released audio of a panel discussion recorded at 92nd Street Y in 1972, featuring Nora Ephron, novelist Elizabeth Janeway and poet Carolyn Kizer, with literary critic Helen Vendler as moderator. The discussion was titled: “Women Writers: Has Anything Changed?”
"…still not nearly enough," remarked Katie J.M. Baker, reporting on the recording for Jezebel.
Ms. Ephron began the panel discussion by talking about some “sloppy statistics” she did on 50 book reviews in The New York Times between 1971 and 1972.
"There was 697 major reviews," she noted. "And of that, 101 of those reviewed books by women. So that’s 14.5 percent."
Explaining the same examination undertaken with the 1956 Book Review, she continued, “I went through 26 issues of it. Of 725 books that were reviewed, 107 were by women, which is 14.4 percent. So has anything changed? 0.1 percent, I don’t know.”
We will miss Nora Ephron, friend and favorite of the 92Y community. She spoke here 15 times, often on women’s issues. Videos from some of those appearances can be seen on our YouTube channel.
In an ongoing effort to share with our readers some of the great literary moments which the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y has presented across the decades, we’ve begun to feature regular postings of archival recordings. For access to other recordings from the Poetry Center archive, please click here.