#womenintranslation – The Most Translated Author

Most translated authorIn our last blog post dedicated to Women in Translation Month, we are looking at one special female author who – according to UNESCO’s Index Translationum – is the most translated author of all times with 7236 translated volumes published in 103 different target languages. And that’s not all, she also holds the Guinness World Record for the best-selling author of fiction to date. She was a rather prolific author penning 66 crime novels, 14 short story collections, 19 plays and even 6 romantic novels. One of her plays holds the record for the longest theatrical run. She also received the title of Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for her contribution to literature. Can you guess who she is?

Alright, we’ll tell you now: the lady in question is… Continue reading #womenintranslation – The Most Translated Author

#womenintranslation – Historical Translators and Interpreters

historical translatorsIn this Women in Translation Month blog post we are looking at important female translators and interpreters from the last six centuries, from Catherine Parr to Grace Bagnato.

Did we miss anyone you’d like to see included in this list? Let us know by commenting below or just send us an email at enquiries@firstedit.co.uk! Continue reading #womenintranslation – Historical Translators and Interpreters

#womenintranslation – Female Project Managers

Female Project Managers

In the last couple of years our Project Managers, Ana and Isabelle visited Elia’s ND Focus conferences for PMs and they both reported back that the majority of the attendees – Project Managers at other translation agencies – were female and that there were hardly any men.

Of course, it is possible that it is merely a coincidence and it doesn’t mean that there are more female Project Managers than male. Perhaps women were just more eager to travel to both conferences for some reason? However, in our experience, women indeed tend to be drawn more to roles in the translation industry, including translation project management than men.  Continue reading #womenintranslation – Female Project Managers

Women in Translation Month

 

Women in TranslationThere is anecdotal evidence that the language industry and more specifically the translation industry is dominated by women: there are more women studying languages than men at university level, there is always a minority of men at translation conferences, we seem to have an overwhelming number of female translators in our own in-house database, and if you look at our Project Manager Team at First Edition, it is also mostly female. (It’s 83%, to be exact.)

But we don’t have to rely on hearsay and small data samples if we want to prove that women dominate the translation industry. Continue reading Women in Translation Month