Tackling gender bias in book reviews

A team of undergraduate students with the NovelTM team at McGill University has launched a new website looking at gender bias in book reviewing. The interns came to the table with various interests and areas of expertise — from social justice, women’s studies and literature to computer science and linguistics — but they shared a concern for gender equality. They focused their research on the issue of topic bias, developing linkages with key stakeholders, deploying surveys, and creating a self-assessment tool for reviewers. “The goal was to take research out into the world and try to effect positive change,” said Professor Andrew Piper, who co-supervised the internship. To read more about the interns’ research and their advocacy efforts, see the article in the McGill Reporter, read the blog post at .txtLAB.org or see it all first-hand at JustReview.org