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Small Surprise: Books About Women Don’t Win Big Awards

Big data points to the problem–and offers a possible solution–when it comes to literary gender equality.

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Book awards may not attract as much attention as, say, Neil Patrick Harris walking on stage in his underwear, but they still get plenty of press (and way more respect). Novelist Nicola Griffith follows these awards, and started to notice a creepy pattern: books not just by, but about women, never seemed to win any awards. Griffith went through award history, and found her suspicions confirmed: of the 15 books to win a Pulitzer Prize from 2000-2015, absolutely zero were written exclusively from a woman’s point of view.

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College Speaking Fees Gone Wrong: Rutgers Paid Snooki More Than Toni Morrison

The school paid the Jersey Shore reality star $32,000 for a Q&A with students. Toni Morrison is only getting $30,000 to speak at commencement.

Is the Jersey Shore's Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi worth more than a Nobel Prize winner? The Rutgers University Programming Association certainly thinks so. They paid the reality star $32,000 for a Thursday night Q&A with 1,000 students. Meanwhile, Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize winning author and professor Toni Morrison will receive only $30,000 for speaking at the school's commencement on May 15. (This is not, by the way, an April Fools' Day joke.)

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