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Spring 2021


Publishers and publishing, Book industries and trade, COVID-19 (Disease)


The purpose of my research was to determine how the Covid-19 pandemic impacted non-men in the publishing industry, and what this impact means for the patriarchal institutions in publishing in regards to the wage-gap, workplace sexism, and other factors explored in this paper. The research conducted includes anonymous survey data from thirty-four publishing employees, interviews with three professional women in management and other publishing industry leadership roles, and secondary research to substantiate my findings. A data overview suggests aspects of the patriarchal infrastructure in the professional world have been worsening with the pandemic for non-men: work-life balance, salary gaps, and promotion opportunities, specifically. Non-men who identify with caregiver and management roles have had a harder time adjusting to new work-flows this past year compared to their male counterparts, because of their extra responsibilities and patriarchal-societal pressures. This paper aims to outline the struggles the Covid-19 pandemic exacerbated for non-men in the publishing industry in order to shed light on prevalent issues, and continue the conversation of what post-Covid life might look like.


Paper submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in Writing: Book Publishing.

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