5 Easy Steps to Get Women to Write for You

Step 1: Put the word out there! Let us know that you’re looking for our voices. We’ll gladly send you our pitches.

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Step 2: Great! Now we can—wait … no. I can’t write for IGN. How could I have missed that? This space is for guys only! Seriously, it says so right on the website.

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Step 3: Well, maybe that’s just an indiscretion. Perhaps it’s an outdated page? Surely they can’t be serious—oh. So the only demographic that visits IGN seems to be men.

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Step 4: If you want women to write for your publication (why wouldn’t you?), foster an environment that doesn’t explicitly advertise the space you’ve created is for one group. You want to be all-inclusive! Celebrate different voices and encourage everyone to write for you.

Step 5: The trick to doing that? Let us know on your site that you’re specifically interested in women’s voices. Kill Screen kills it in that department. Am I going to take back that awful joke? NOPE.

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*There are lots of very talented individuals who can offer amazing insight, critique, and commentary for your publications. It’s not enough just to put out a well-meaning tweet. Your website/magazine/media should be an environment where I can go, “Yeah, I’d give anything to be able to write for a place that wants me.”

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4 Comments on “5 Easy Steps to Get Women to Write for You

  1. I often see job offers related to media that keep asking for people that happen to be women, or part of any minority… but it turns out they’re only looking for US citizens. So, it’s a sort of limited inclusion in one way or another.

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    • Well US citizens versus not is not really exclusion on the basis of gender/race/sexuality – even with remote jobs, a lot of that particular exclusion has to do with taxes, citizenship laws and the like. A lot of US companies or smaller businesses can’t really afford or handle the paperwork that goes into having someone that needs to be paid in their own currency or pay taxes here, things of that nature. It’s not comparable because it’s often just a country’s method of handling legal employment vs. discriminatory or unfriendly hiring practises.

      If a job requires on-site work, even in media, they can’t have non-US citizens apply because often times a job would have sponsor you for a visa into our country and that costs money and time. And there’d be an expectation of relocation.

      Comment relating to the article: A lot of what also might be an easy step to get women to write for a publication is to also pay more? Make sure you have more women on your editorial board, make sure you expressly show that you let women move up in the ranks at a media publication, things like that. It’s easier to get a lot of entry-level workers and then underpay them, subject them to abuse from your readership and then never give them a raise or let them work up the ladder.

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      • I agree that sometimes paperwork can get messy, mostly if the job requires the employee moving to the city where the job is.
        But that’s not always the case anymore, since plenty of jobs are remote and can be delivered online. Most of the paperwork is actually up to the employee, and the tax differences for companies aren’t really that notorious. There’s not much of an extra cost for hiring people of any other nationalities, though, of course, this may not apply to every single case.
        And nah, it’s not a “US citizens versus not” thing. I didn’t mean to offend or try to establish some sort of meaningless rivalry or anything. I apologize in case I didn’t express myself well enough.

        Back to the article itself: I’ve noticed that about IGN a long time ago, too. I found it curious, and sadly expectable, but I didn’t point it out because, back when #GG exploded, IGN didn’t even dare to call them out by name, and they tried to wash their hands clean to avoid making GGers angry, which lead me to think that was the audience they were aiming to and prioritizing. (The IGN article about that: http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/10/24/on-the-problem-of-harassment )

        Maybe now they’re trying to change, though. I remember a couple of more positive and inclusive articles that have been published there in these past few months, but lead the writers to get a lot of hate in the comments sections. (Link to one of the IGN articles in question: http://www.ign.com/articles/2015/07/09/how-gamings-breakout-gay-character-came-to-be ) I see they don’t allow comments anymore on that article, but it was full of bigotry back when it was published. The readers were literally asking the writer to be fired, and that’s only to mention the softest comments they left there.

        IGN seems to actually mean well and they’ve slowly started aiming at a more inclusive and realistic view, but they’re definitely doing it progressively and not overnight. I guess I understand it, because the reactions of some readers could backfire horribly, as they already have in IGN and many other gaming media sites.

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  2. I think IGN means well, but perhaps it is an outdate method to attract writers to them. They should look at their advertising as far as how it targets people, who may want to write for them. Although there was post about wanting more female writers, the environment must be laid out to look for favorable to female writers. And like you said the pay, the pay!!

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