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Does Publishing Have a Gender Issue - and Can the Solution Be Crowd-sourced?

The commonly-held view is that the world of book-publishing is a woman-friendly one, largely without a serious gender issue. Lots of women with degrees in the arts settling in amongst the bookshelves. There may even be an element of truth to the cliche -- compared to large part of the economy, the …

The Geniuses Behind All Those San Francisco Startups? They’re Not Who You Think They Are

Meet three surprising company founders, trying to change their lives–and the world–while holding down day jobs.<p>San Francisco. It’s gotten that you can’t swing a corporate-logo-splashed swag bag in this town without hitting someone working on a startup.<p>Since around the time of Facebook’s IPO in …

Is My Vagina the Most Important Thing About My Writing?

Recently a literary festival asked me to appear on a panel of regional "women writers." I'm early enough in my career as a novelist that I'm damned grateful to be invited anywhere, but the panel title gave me pause. It reminded me of last year's Wikipedia controversy over categorizing "American …

10 Rules for Aspiring Women Writers

<b>1. If someone in your life is not supportive of your writing or the time you invest in your writing, stop discussing your writing with them.</b> Continually seeking encouragement from someone who refuses to give it is counterproductive. Pour your energy and emotion into your writing. They may come …

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We Heart: Sarah Silverman Fights the Wage Gap - Ms. Magazine Blog

<i>UPDATE: The Ms. Blog has received quite a bit of feedback about Sarah Silverman’s video—and we want to let you know we’re listening. Silverman’s</i> …

Stop telling women not to “take things personally”: Ed Champion and the plague of gendered criticism

<b>Shonda Rhimes, Lena Dunham, Lana Del Rey (AP/Richard Shotwell/Andy Kropa)</b><p>Women in creative industries receive such personal criticism that they’re forced to have unreasonably thick skin<p>Andi Zeisler<p>September 30, 2014 11:00pm (UTC)<p>This past Saturday, the New York Times published a piece called …

On the Books: Publishing industry lacks diversity, female executives

An annual <i>Publishers Weekly</i> survey of industry employees found that 89 percent of respondents identified as white/caucasian, while 61 percent believe …

Joanna Walsh on Gender Inequality

<b>Where did the idea for the Year of Reading Women originate?</b><p>I'd been looking at the projects of Matt Jakubowski, a US reviewer who's reading only …

9 Books That Will Make You Fall in Love With Reading All Over Again

It seems like sacrilege to breathe even the barest insinuation that you might be sick of reading, but just because no one wants to admit it doesn’t …

John Green Reacts to 'The Fault in Our Stars' Ban, Plus 8 Other Authors Who Used Book Banning As a Platform

John Green's heartbreaking <i>The Fault in Our Stars</i> has been one of the most popular YA novels of this generation, but recently angry parents just …

Why Do Women Read More Novels Than Men?

There is ample statistical evidence showing that adult women read more novels than men, attend more book clubs than men, use libraries more than men, buy more books than men, take more creative writing courses than men, and probably write more works of fiction than men. If, as a demographic, they …

On the Red Couch With Shebooks’ Peggy Northrop and Laura Fraser

<i>When it comes to reading, women are the more prolific sex. A Pew report revealed that more women have read at least one book in the last year (82% vs</i> …

Young Adult Fiction Writers, Women Rule List Of World’s Top-Earning Authors

If you still don’t think Young Adult fiction should be taken seriously by anyone not in the nebulous intended age range, perhaps you’ll allow a …

Young-Adult Fiction

The latest message for female writers – don’t think, just spill

A week or so ago, I went to LA to interview a ridiculously talented young woman. Despite being only in her 20s, she has achieved the kind of success that most people multiple times her age have never achieved. And so, inevitably, book publishers got in touch and, just as inevitably, they suggested …

The Status of Pain

<b>By Sonya Huber</b><p>A friend at a writing conference asked me how I was doing. I said, “Pretty good, all things considered.”<p>“That’s good,” he said. “All I …

The Last Amazon

Wonder Woman returns.<p>The Wonder Woman Family Museum occupies a one-room bunker beneath a two-story house on a hilly street in Bethel, Connecticut. It contains more than four thousand objects. Their arrangement is higgledy-piggledy. There are Wonder Woman lunchboxes, face masks, coffee mugs, a …

14 Great Female Authors Recommend Their 41 Favorite Female Authors

For our April issue, we polled some amazing female novelists for their best-loved books by other female writers—an inexhaustible topic, it turns out! We couldn't get all of their great choices into the magazine, so now, read on for their extended, ultimate list of must-reads.<p>"My mother was an …

Balance the Books: Where Are the Female Authors in GCSE Set Texts?

At GCSE, I studied Steinbeck and Priestley. My first year at A-Level, I studied Browning, Auden, Fitzgerald and Hosseini. It was only in the second …

9 Female Writers Who Deserve MacArthur Genius Grants Already

As I sit here in my ergonomic leather-backed office chair, sipping a particularly smoky scotch because it's right after lunchtime and that's what you …

Female authors help broaden men's horizons

Since announcing the program, we've been contacted by numerous parents, teachers and school librarians writing in keen support of the program and …

Women Reading

Science Shows Something Surprising About People Who Love to Write

The benefits of writing go far beyond building up your vocabulary.<p>No matter the quality of your prose, the act of writing itself leads to strong …