From the looks of things, it’s starting to gain attention, finally. I am a woman, and an author, so this trend seriously impacts me in a negative way. J.K Rowling faced it, hence why she picked a gender neutral pseudonym, and many other female writers also face it. It’s disgusting.
Here is a visual break down of the winners of the Pulitzer Prize over a five year period.
This handy dandy pie chart is found in the article linked above.
Depressing isn’t it?
Seriously, I don’t get the sexism. Are crusty old guys the gate keepers of the publishing world? More women than men are readers according to statistics, why the heck isn’t mainstream publishing/literature picking up on this? This is probably why indie authors are thriving, because most are women, writing for women.
We need representation. We’re finding it in the indie world.
I’m proud to be an indie author, The old boys club can just stuff it.