Feminist Sundays is a weekly meme created at Books and Reviews. The aim is simply to have a place and a time to talk about feminism and women’s issues. This is a place of tolerance, creativity, discussion, criticism and praise. Remember to keep in mind that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, although healthy discussion is encouraged.
One of the most important issues in feminism is the need to celebrate and empower women artists and, in my case, women writers. Browsing the recently released books at a bookshop, we may notice that many of them are written by women and, actually, many women enter the best-selling charts. So, this celebration and empowerment may sound ridiculous to many, although it is not for many of us.
But, the world does not seem to know about this. Once again, the words of a certain professor I will not allow myself to name resonate in my head: he will not teach books written by women. Fine. There is still a “chick-lit” label that seems to repulse certain kind of men. Fine. Women only write about women’s issues. Fine. Do you see a pattern? I certainly do and it makes me sick. I read both books written by men and by women, although I acknowledge my preference to books written by women the same way I acknowledge my preference over crime fiction. It is just my taste. But when professors – with all the academic power to name what is to be read and what is not – state that books written by women are not worth studying, people notice and many will agree.
So, why all this rambling? I recently discovered a hashtag:
#ReadWomen2014 which basically encourages people to read more books written by women. There are also two Twitter profiles : @ReadWomen2014 and @WomenWriters doing the same literary activism for women writers. And they are both important and amazing, because sadly, women still have to fight to prove they can write, but, luckily, we can all help them. Because a book is not complete and totally defined until someone read it, it is important that we acknowledge the wonderful women writers we read and, for those who had never thought about it, check your shelves!
There are also some great blogs out there, both totally devoted to women writers or empowering women writers worth following. These are my favourite ones in no particular order:
Ladies Who Write.- A website dedicated to women writers and full of inspiration.
Lonesome Reader.- Eric was one of the first to join our Feminist Sundays and he usually reviews books written by women.
A Life in Books.- Another blog where you can find reviews of contemporary books written by women.
Persephone Books.- Website for Persephone Press who “reprints neglected fiction and non-fiction by mid-twentieth century (mostly women) writers.”
A Case for Books.- Anna is a feminist librarian. Need I say more?
Lit Hitchhiker.- Claudia kindly designed our Feminist Sunday’s logo and Iris has recently joined out post. They are both passionate feminist and book reviewers.
Had you thought about how many women writers you read (or not) and why? Also, if you feature women writers and have a blog, please leave your URL on the comments section 🙂