Women Dominate German Publishing, But Lag in Pay and Advancement

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary


By Siobhan O’Leary

In Germany, the publishing workforce consists primarily of woman, but what are their prospects at the upper management level? The group Netzwerk Bücherfrauen recently presented a study compiled based on a survey of 1,200 publishing professionals about their work situations — and the results for women were not good: Though women in the industry tend to have better qualifications and more education, their incomes are lower on average at all levels.

With men, there was a connection between qualification and salary level — not so with women.

According to Buchreport’s recent rankings of German publishers and booksellers, only 19% of the 90 people classified as top management at the 50 largest bookstores are women. Only 29% of the more than 500 executives at the 100 largest German publishers are women. Opportunities for women tend to be better in children’s books, at trade publishers focusing on fiction and at smaller publishing houses.

About the Author

Siobhan O'Leary

Siobhan O’Leary is a literary agent, translator and writer based in Berlin. She previously worked in the Foreign Rights department of the Crown Publishing Group (Random House) and at the publishing consulting firm Market Partners International.