Women Doing Literary Things

I’m starting a new blog series called Women Doing Literary Things, with the aim of demonstrating the depth and breadth of women’s involvement in literature. I’ve been mulling over this idea for a while, but the VIDA statistics (http://vidaweb.org/) demonstrating the under-representation of women in the literary world pushed me to action, and I wanted to do something beyond querying wildly everywhere (as some have suggested). Hence WDLT.

What does it mean, to be a woman in the literary world? Every week, WDLT will present an essay that explores this question.  The contributors are novelists, poets, editors, librarians, journalists, academics, booksellers and more–all female, and all deeply committed to literature.  Please drop by the WDLT site to read what these women have to say. The first essay will be posted tomorrow,  March 8 2011–the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day.

WDLT is an ongoing project and will be updated every week. If you have questions or if you would like to participate in the series, please visit the  WDLT site, or email WomenLiterary(at)gmail(dot)com

7 responses to “Women Doing Literary Things

  1. This is such an awesome thing to do! I’m going to check it out!

  2. Lovely project. Will visit often.

  3. What a great idea. Please re-blog those posts here or at least link to them each week?

  4. @ Aths: Great! Some of the contributors might just be your favorite novelists🙂

    @ Sudeep: Thanks!

    @Shripriya: Yes, I’ll be linking to them here.

  5. This is a great step. I read the article and applied it to my blog to see if such skewness exists. I would be dropping by to read what you have on offer

  6. What an excellent idea. Given the paucity of fiction by women reviewed in the traditional media, and given that the majority of the book-reading world is female, something is needed to address the imbalance.

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