PublisHer is a call to action led by female publishing leaders to address their industry’s entrenched gender imbalances and drive an international agenda for change. PublisHer is an empowered community seeking creative, viable solutions to the many gender-based inequities that have long characterized world publishing and the other creative industries. PublisHer emerged on the sidelines of international literary events and book fairs, where it drew international attention to the issue and inspired a growing base of supporters.
Vice-President, International Publishers Association (IPA)
President and CEO, Copyright Clearance Center
President, Grupo Claridad
Vice-President, QA International
Co-Founder and Director, Cassava Republic Press
Founder, Silkworm Books
Owner and Senior Publisher, Albert Bonniers Förlag
In 2018 Bodour Al Qasimi and fellow women publishers decided to change their industry by tackling its long-established gender disparities, especially at the top. Bodour and Maria Pallante, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Association of American Publishers, consulted with a peer group at London Book Fair in March 2019, then again in Nairobi, Kenya at the International Publishers Association’s second Africa Seminar, in June 2019. The consultations centred on complex, systemic gender diversity and inclusion challenges, such as:
PublisHer stages consultations on the margins of international book events to develop a global perspective on the big diversity and inclusivity challenges women face in publishing. Common issues to have emerged from these sessions include:
PublisHer is a platform for new ideas and initiatives to catalyze progress, partnerships, and action. PublisHer aims to be a point of reference for new approaches to diversity and inclusivity.
Some creative ideas gleaned from PublisHer consultations that are under consideration are: