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Women constructors in the Shortz Era

Of the 1,164 constructors in the Shortz Era, 309 identify as women


Yearly summary

This is the only chart here that shows women-only counts. Note that 2022 is a partial year.

Collaborations with men
All-women collaborations
Women solos
Year9495969798990001020304050607080910111213141516171819202122
W+M397210121713161021151313121110121316141616151917442617
W+W000021633211111011010203121119
W5159737971815781688662736578656255444640423848314046667047
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Data Details

For the rest of this page, puzzles are counted if there is at least one woman constructor.

Each link in the table below goes to a list of puzzles that make up that number so you can see who the constructors are.

Example links:

YearSunMonTueWedThuFriSatTotal
All355 : 24%517 : 34%441 : 29%303 : 20%262 : 17%202 : 13%128 : 9%2208 : 21%
19932 : 33%1 : 17%2 : 33%2 : 33%3 : 50%1 : 17%0 : 0%11 : 27%
199414 : 27%10 : 19%11 : 21%9 : 17%7 : 13%2 : 4%1 : 2%54 : 15%
199515 : 28%10 : 19%9 : 17%13 : 25%11 : 21%4 : 8%6 : 12%68 : 19%
199614 : 27%20 : 38%16 : 30%12 : 23%14 : 27%1 : 2%3 : 6%80 : 22%
199717 : 33%17 : 33%19 : 37%10 : 19%14 : 27%2 : 4%2 : 4%81 : 22%
199814 : 27%12 : 23%18 : 35%16 : 31%18 : 34%3 : 6%2 : 4%83 : 23%
199918 : 35%17 : 33%24 : 46%15 : 29%10 : 19%8 : 15%2 : 4%94 : 26%
200019 : 36%17 : 33%15 : 29%9 : 17%9 : 17%7 : 13%4 : 8%80 : 22%
200118 : 35%27 : 51%16 : 31%10 : 19%12 : 23%10 : 19%4 : 8%97 : 27%
200215 : 29%12 : 23%19 : 36%12 : 23%12 : 23%8 : 15%9 : 17%87 : 24%
200317 : 33%22 : 42%18 : 35%11 : 21%14 : 27%11 : 21%5 : 10%98 : 27%
200412 : 23%15 : 29%20 : 38%11 : 21%12 : 23%9 : 17%5 : 10%84 : 23%
20058 : 15%22 : 42%27 : 52%9 : 17%8 : 15%7 : 13%8 : 15%89 : 24%
20067 : 13%19 : 37%15 : 29%19 : 37%8 : 15%9 : 17%2 : 4%79 : 22%
200712 : 23%21 : 40%18 : 35%14 : 27%10 : 19%9 : 17%8 : 15%92 : 25%
200812 : 23%26 : 50%17 : 32%6 : 11%5 : 10%1 : 2%11 : 21%78 : 21%
20099 : 17%20 : 38%12 : 23%9 : 17%9 : 17%7 : 13%7 : 13%73 : 20%
201010 : 19%21 : 40%17 : 33%6 : 12%4 : 8%4 : 8%4 : 8%66 : 18%
201115 : 29%14 : 27%13 : 25%7 : 13%5 : 10%3 : 6%0 : 0%57 : 16%
20126 : 11%22 : 42%12 : 23%9 : 17%7 : 13%1 : 2%2 : 4%59 : 16%
201311 : 21%17 : 33%11 : 21%10 : 19%4 : 8%4 : 8%0 : 0%57 : 16%
20145 : 10%18 : 35%10 : 19%11 : 21%8 : 15%3 : 6%1 : 2%56 : 15%
201511 : 21%18 : 35%8 : 15%9 : 17%6 : 11%4 : 8%0 : 0%56 : 15%
20167 : 13%16 : 31%15 : 29%3 : 6%8 : 15%9 : 17%6 : 11%64 : 17%
20179 : 17%11 : 21%10 : 19%5 : 10%3 : 6%7 : 13%4 : 8%49 : 13%
20186 : 12%19 : 36%9 : 17%8 : 15%9 : 17%8 : 15%1 : 2%60 : 16%
201911 : 21%13 : 25%9 : 17%12 : 23%5 : 10%11 : 21%4 : 8%65 : 18%
202012 : 23%22 : 42%17 : 33%14 : 26%14 : 26%19 : 37%13 : 25%111 : 30%
202118 : 35%25 : 48%19 : 37%15 : 29%5 : 10%16 : 30%9 : 17%107 : 29%
202211 : 28%13 : 34%15 : 39%7 : 18%8 : 21%14 : 37%5 : 13%73 : 27%

Notes on the calculations

Collaboration puzzles are counted here as by Women if there is at least one woman constructor. One could argue that this over-states their contributions and the more accurate percentages are even lower. (See top chart.)

Percentages more than one third or less than one tenth are color coded.

1993 and 2022 are partial years so they are grayed out with no color coding.


Percentage of Crosswords by Women, by Day of Week

Puzzle counts by women by day of week

Photos, in alphabetical order

We have photos of 192 of the 309 women constructors.

Alina Abidi Meconya Alford Cathy Allis Deb Amlen Megan Amram Joy Behar Tracy Bennett Julie Bérubé Sherry O. Blackard Kathy Bloomer Elayne Boosler Lori Bornstein Wendy L. Brandes Laura Braunstein Luci Bresette Jeanette K. Brill Alex Briñas Ellen Brunsberg Sophie Buchmueller Lisa Bunker Zhouqin Burnikel Nancy Byron Emily Carroll Helen Chen Margit Christenson Amanda Chung Kelly Clark Priscilla Clark Bette Sue Cohen Judy Cole Rose Conlon Emily Cox Emma Craven-Matthews Anne Marie Crinnion Agnes Davidson Pamela F. Davis Tess Davison Gayle Dean Chandi Deitmer Dana Delany Sharon Delorme Jill Denny Ella Dershowitz Debbie Ellerin Miriam Estrin Erika Ettin Ekua Ewool Grace Fabbroni Rachel Fabi Johanna Fenimore Anne Flinchbaugh Sue Fracker Olivia Mitra Framke Gabrielle Friedman Paula Gamache Melinda Gates Bonnie L. Gentry Jan-Michele Gianette Juliana Tringali Golden Amy Goldstein Rebecca Goldstein Francesca Goldston Bernice Gordon Phoebe Gordon Elizabeth C. Gorski Tracy Gray Mary Lou Guizzo Anna Gundlach Jenny Gutbezahl Katie Hale Angela Olson Halsted Frances Hansen Kate Hawkins Meredith Colton Hazy Beth Hinshaw Lindsey Hobbs Sally Hoelscher Donna Hoke Lucy Howard Jessica A. Hui Marilynn Huret Brooke Husic Christina Iverson Maura B. Jacobson Nancy Nicholson Joline Betty Jorgensen Sara Kaplan Nancy Kavanaugh Sue Keefer Sarah Keller Michelle Kenney Martha Kimes Laura Taylor Kinnel Pamela Amick Klawitter Anne Larsen Jennifer Lee Lynn Lempel Stephanie Lesser Ellen Leuschner Donna S. Levin Eileen Lexau Barbara Lin Wyna Liu Katie Livengood Lisa Loeb Elizabeth A. Long Kathy Lowden Aimee Lucido Portia Lundie Natasha Lyonne Rachel Maddow Ruth B. Margolin Anne Grae Martin Kathy Matheson Sophia Maymudes Andrea Carla Michaels Melanie Miller Meghan Morris Dana Motley Natalie Murphy Claire Muscat Ada Nicolle Malgorzata Nowakowska Jennifer Nutt Jean O'Conor Alison Ohringer Barbara Olson Judith Perry Amanda Rafkin Talitha Randall Caitlin Reid Amy Reynaldo Erin Rhode Diane Roseman Nancy S. Ross Emily Rourke Anne Rowley Beth Rubin Nina Rulon-Miller Margaret Saine Soleil Saint-Cyr Nancy Salomon Amy Schecter Robin Schulman Carly Schuna Nancy Schuster Kate Schutzengel Margaret Seikel Lisa Senzel Priyanka Sethy Nancy T. Shack Ann Shan Anna Shechtman Jess Shulman Lois Sidway Lily Silverstein Rachel Simon Lillian Simpson Nina Sloan Hannah Slovut Loren Muse Smith Janie Smulyan Stephanie Spadaccini Nancy Stark Karen Steinberg Laura Sternberg Carolyn W. Stewart Joanne Sullivan Fiona Taylor Lee Taylor Karen M. Tracey Noki Trias Jessie Trudeau MaryEllen Uthlaut Heather Valadez Diane Baker van Hoff Patti Varol Kacey Walker Celeste Watts Robyn Weintraub Kathy Wienberg Eileen Williams Kyra Wilson Erica Hsiung Wojcik Joy L. Wouk Andrea Yañes Amy Yanni Amanda Yesnowitz Leslie Young Molly Young Stella Zawistowski Jessica Zetzman