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?
Do you think there should still be literary prize categories just for women? Is it actually setting back the clock on gender equality or helping the cause?
Sometimes I have wondered about this point and today wanted to put it out to the crowd (aka you wonderful peeps). For example, there is the Baileys Woman’s Prize for Fiction. It has good intentions by celebrating excellence and originality in women writers around the globe. But, is separating out women really doing a disservice to the female gender? After all, doesn’t gender equality in its purest sense mean not differentiating between different prizes for each gender?
Interestingly, the original name for Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction was Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction. Note that there is no mention of the female gender in the previous title.
However, on the other hand (just to play devil’s advocate), maybe women do need to be…
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