Without counting (but from browsing thru’ agency sites recently), I’m guessing that the majority of literary agents are female. Then I look at this pitch to publication competition and the 22 editors involved are all female. With a little searching I find an article from 15 years ago that says 85% of publishing employees with less than 3 years’ experience were female at the time (and I know that concentrated on the lower paid). At a quick look at authors signed up to the Crime Writers Association, there wasn’t a big difference in numbers between sexes. But I have to wonder if the higher number females in publishing has an effect on what gets through to market. A higher number of the 22 editors in the pitch to publication seem to prefer YA and/or a love interest within a story – that reduces my chances.