Blogging on international relations is dominated by male writers. The Monkey Cage’s regular authors are entirely male, Duck of Minerva’s permanent contributors are 75 percent male, and all of Foreign Policy’s individual author-headlined blogs are written by men. A quarter of The Smoke Filled Room’s contributors are female, and while Political Violence @ a Glance was founded by two women, 65 percent of our listed contributors are male. These numbers are especially puzzling given that the majority of students majoring in international relations and a majority of students in professional schools of international affairs are female.
So today’s puzzler is this: Why are the leading voices of the IR blogosphere male? Or, to put it another way, why are so few women represented in the big blogs covering IR?