Today’s A-Z challenge letter is W, so as a female I obviously knew something about women was going to be part of the conversation. There are a lot of areas where women ‘fall short’, in the public eye, such as video game and comic usage, science-based careers, equal pay, and even the ratio of successful male to female authors.
Sit tight, we’re working on those, but in the meantime, there are a few things we’re kicking butt at. More women are writing books, and hitting huge success with it (see: Cassandra Clare, Veronica Roth, Gail Forman, and Suzanne Collins, they’ve all had motion picture adaptations). DC is coming out with a graphic novel series geared specifically towards women. We dominate male readers in fiction, occupying only 20% of the fiction market. Twitter has been taken over with hashtags such to #tothegirls, promoting self-confidence and loving oneself, encouraging girls to bust open that glass ceiling and to speak their minds. The one W we are saying goodbye to? Weakness. With campaigns such as #tothegirls and #yesallwomen, there has been an extremely strong response from women across the world, and a fair amount of men chiming in to say that women are just as tough as men.
Here are some of the female authors I’ve read recently that are absolutely #winning in my book (pun intended):
Charlie N. Holmberg’s Paper Magician Series
J.E. Anckorn’s Untaken
Cora Carmack’s Inspire
Annika Sharma’s The Rearranged Life
Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl’s Caster Chronicles Series
Sandy Hall’s A Little Something Different
Katie Young’s The Other Lamb