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Women Doing Literary Things is a weekly blog series where women write about their involvement in the literary world. The series features essays by novelists, poets, editors, librarians, journalists, academics, booksellers and more, on the topic of being a woman in the literary arts. The first essay was posted here on March 8, 2011–the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day.

If you’ve seen the VIDA statistics demonstrating the under-representation of women in most major publications, you know that women aren’t getting a fair shake in a field that is nurtured and sustained by them. The WDLT series aims to celebrate and reaffirm the depth and breadth of women’s involvement in literature, and to consequently highlight the fundamental wrongness of the gender disparities in the literary world. Perhaps the gatekeepers of publishing will hear what we have to say–and then do something about it.

This site is maintained by Niranjana (Nina) Iyer, a freelance writer from Canada. WDLT is an ongoing project, and will be updated every week. I am currently running this series by invitation only; please email WomenLiterary(at)gmail(dot)com if you would like to be featured on this site.

The title Women Doing Literary Things is inspired by the brilliant Muslims Wearing Things site; do check it out if you haven’t already. And also visit the Lady Journos! site which highlights the work of journalists who happen to be women.

 

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