Publishing Makes Progress: Lee & Low Releases Results of 2023 Diversity Baseline Survey

How successful have publishers been in their efforts to diversify the industry over the last four years? Find out where strides have been made and where more work needs to be done.

Lee & Low has released its 2023 Diversity Baseline Survey (DBS), and it looks like the publishing industry is making strides toward better diversifying the workforce.

Like the 2019 survey, this DBS gathered statistics on publishing staff, literary agents, and reviewers; for gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, and disability. In an effort to be more inclusive, the survey added two new categories: age and location/region. 

Since the 2019 survey, there have been statistically significant changes to the numbers, according to the report. The 2023 survey showed that 72.5 percent of publishing, review journal, and literary agency staff are White/Caucasian, which is "a significant decrease" from 76 percent in 2019. The remaining staff are comprised of people who self-report as Biracial/Multiracial (8.4 percent), Asian/Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander/South Asian/Southeast Indian (7.8 percent), Black/African American/Afro Caribbean (5.3 percent), and Hispanic/Latino/Mexican (4.6 percent).

Despite this positive news, Lee & Low reports "an alarming lack of representation" within the publishing industry of Native American as well as Middle Eastern people, at less than 1% each.

A breakdown of the 2023 numbers:

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