For Women’s History Month, I considered highlighting a single author whose work I’ve come to love. However, I decided that I wanted to bring up a topic that is of great importance to me and to women around the world. I want talk about women in writing instead.
When discussing great authors, we often think of Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Steinbeck, and Poe. It isn’t often that a woman’s name is thrown into the bunch. Perhaps we know who Harper Lee is, her novel being such an important part of American history. We’ve all heard of Louisa May Alcott, her little women leaving us feeling happy and sad at the same time. And of course the ageless Jane Austen whose books have been cherished for more than a century. But beyond those women, many cannot name great female authors. And even fewer have read them.
Many times works by women are brushed off as too sensitive. They are accused of being domestic, lacking the robust nature of men’s novels, and often accused of not understanding the male psyche. However, women have risen to the challenge time and again, and I think it’s time we all acknowledge them.
Sylvia Plath and Emily Dickinson were two of the greatest poets in history. Mary Shelley proved women can master both horror and science fiction in one book. Not only that, but she is the first science fiction novelist in history. Margaret Atwood is one of the finest examples of the capabilities of women in writing. Her characters are some of the strongest in literature, and her prose is undeniably beautiful. Madeline Miller, although fairly knew to the literary world takes the tales of Homer and spins them into harrowing tales that leave her readers breathless.
However hesitant you may be, never judge an author by their gender. In this age, I hope that women and men in writing are viewed with equal respect.
See below for some of my favorites!
"Intricate and extraordinary." - New York Times on The Fifth Season (A New York Times Notable Book of 2015)
WINNER OF THE HUGO AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL 2016
This is the way the world ends...for the last time.
A season of endings has begun.
$16.99ISBN: 9780062060624Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Ecco - August 28th, 2012
“At once a scholar’s homage to The Iliad and startlingly original work of art by an incredibly talented new novelist….A book I could not put down.”
—Ann Patchett$15.95ISBN: 9780385490818Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Anchor - March 16th, 1998
From the bestselling author of Alias Grace and the MaddAddam trilogy, here is the #1 New York Times bestseller and seminal work of speculative fiction from the Booker Prize-winning author.
Now a Hulu series starring Elizabeth Moss, Samira Wiley, and Joseph Fiennes. Includes a new introduction by Margaret Atwood.