1. More of us should dedicate a month to reading books by women.
By “us”, I mean those of us whose default book setting is “white guys”. Far more books are published by men than by women, perhaps because publishers feel that books by men are a safer bet. We can affect this by making a choice when it comes to the books we buy, since how we chose to spend our money is the most effective weapon we have. I certainly aim to be more conscious from now on.*
2. There is no difference in the quality of books between the genders.
Seriously. This is not the reason women sell less than men. This is not a revelation by any means but I still feel it worth mentioning. The grittiness of Beukes’ book, the sheer quality of Munro’s prose and the otherworldly feel to Tidbeck’s stories are a good example. The success of women at the Hugos this year (best novel, best novelette, best editor, best fan writer…) further drives this point home.”—from Lessons From A Month of Reading Only Books By Women by Johann Thorsson (via bookriot)