Women’s History Month

10 Mar

(Originally posted to the Community section of MyMedia)

So March is Women’s History Month in the US. To celebrate it, as well as providing a striking visual of the incredibly large gender gap in publishing, a bookstore in Cleveland, OH, flipped all the books by male authors.

One of the first reactions I saw was to ask if it was ‘fair’ to obscure some authors to highlight others.

Gee, I wonder how many women authors have felt that, ever.

Soon after, someone else asked, How about women authors publishing under male pseudonyms?

Isn’t the fact that female authors still feel the need to submit manuscripts under male pseudonyms, particularly in genres like Science Fiction, further proof of the gender gap?

A while back, in the literature forum, I brought this up, and was told (in so many words) that there’s not that much of a gender gap in publishing. Wonder if that opinion still holds.


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