I hardly need to remind you to read books by women, do I?
It’s International Women’s Day (we shouldn’t need a day set aside, but let’s use it while we’ve got it) and I remembered an article a couple of months ago, which wanted to encourage people to read more books by female authors.
Not having done any statistics on the sex of the author of any books I read and review, I am fairly confident that I don’t need to read more. Because when you read books for younger age groups, it feels as if the majority of writers are women.
I could be wrong. But I don’t think so.
And I don’t believe it’s because children’s books are easier (as if female writers are less capable!), or that women are more suited to write children’s books. I’m sure it’s because fewer women feel they need to prove anything. I suspect that more men could/would write for children if they were convinced those books were just as good (they are better!) as so-called real grown-up literature.