“I went to a number of women’s groups and said: ‘Can you help us find folks?’ And they brought us whole binders full of women.” – Mitt Romney, during 2012 presidential debates

Every year since 2009, the VIDA counts of bylines by gender have shown us that women and gender nonconforming writers continue to fall far short of equal representation in major magazines and literary journals. And the Women’s Media Center has found that women’s representation behind the scenes in film hasn’t increased in fifteen years: the percentage of female film writers dropped from 13 percent to 10 between 1998 and 2013.

In response to these dismal statistics of gender disparity in the media, Out of the Binders, Inc. formed in the summer of 2014, with a plan to increase the diversity of voices in the media and literary arts by empowering women and gender non-conforming writers through biannual professional development conferences.