Literary Prizes Just for Women? Yay or Nay?

A must read article that asks a very interesting question! Does it speak Gender Equality to have a Literary Award just for women writers or does it put the whole notion backwards?
The fact that there were very few women nominees in spite of having 60% women authors begs a question at the same time how/what do we gain by having literary awards just for women! What do you think? Yay or Nay to Literary Awards for Women?

18 thoughts on “Literary Prizes Just for Women? Yay or Nay?

  1. I’d say ‘No’, awards for women only to my mind means women are not capable of winning if both male and female authors are included. It looks better when women come out on top when both are included. Then it’s only my thought. πŸ™‚

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  2. The other question to ask is who is deciding who gets these awards? Are the judges on the review panels equally divided between the genders? If a male dominated panel is choosing the prize winners does that skew the results toward authors that men prefer to read?

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        • Well, couldn’t the subtle message also be perceived as they need an award of their own because they are not given their due for all the other ones.
          Here’s some interesting statistics about the Pulitzer:
          From 1917 to 1947, the committee awarded 27 prizes in the novel category, but only 12 went to women. After 1948, Sixty Pulitzer Prizes in fiction have been awarded. The final count for women fiction winners overall: 18. Ouch! Does not really speak balance, does it?

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