I have read a delightful new post/article about a new #Readwomen2014 taking off from writer and artist Joanna Walsh’s bookmarks of female authors. Bringing to attention the more male dominated field of writing. The # craze can be further explained here by LaWhimsy.
Of course this interests me, being a female writer myself. Men are more likely to sell their screenplay, in fact in Hollywood working woman screenwriters stood at 13.8% percent in 2012. Article here by Bebek McGhee.
In comic books: in 2013 the overview of overall female creators at Marvel 13.2%, at DC 14.1%, and Image a mere 5 woman to 36 men making it 12.2% of female creators over 18 books published. Here is a great low-down by Tim Hanley a comic book historian.
I guess when it comes down to it an article/# movement like Walsh’s reminds me that there is still a fight going on. That gender equality is a myth until we make it a standing fact in our mainstream media platforms.
How did Jane Austin’s Anne Elliot put it?
“Yes, yes, if you please, no reference to examples in books. Men have had every advantage of us in telling their own story. Education has been theirs in so much higher a degree; the pen has been in their hands. I will not allow books to prove anything.”
So we will just have to keep trying to prove it ourselves. Or better yet, not look to past or present as inspiration, rather to our passion. We are as capable. It does not have to be a fight. We can do anything, anyone can if they believe enough…it is usually convention and how it has always been done that gets in the way.
So maybe support, like this oath to read women authors in 2014 we should also #Writewomen. The unpublished, the starving artist, the worker of passion trying to find that unconnected path, that break-through person, that door to wedge foot in. The one we cannot read yet, who never gives up. For the drive, the force within is too strong. #Writewomen I support you.