Mainstream media has favoured reviewing the work of male authors over women. This is evident both in Australia and internationally . The reason for this is not evident. No-one is accusing editors of a deliberate attempt to ignore female authors. Rather, the reason is more likely to be subconscious and therefore difficult to identify.
After reading articles about this issue I reflected on my own reading. To my surprise I realised that I also tended to read more books written by men than women. This year I have set out to rectify this imbalance and help to promote the good work that women writers are doing. I signed up to the Australian Women Writers Challenge which encourages people to read and review books by Australian women authors.
I have created a list of histories and biographies for those people who, like me, would like to correct an imbalance in their reading:
- About the List: Read this page first. This explains how I constructed the list, what the list is, and what the list is not..
- The List – Some Histories Written by Women: Not sure what to read next? Browse this list of titles
- Add a book to the list: Do you know of a book that should be on this list? Fill in the form so I can update it.
I will be updating the list regularly so keep coming back.