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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