That’s the mission of the Equal Writes Campaign by the team of people at Shebooks, a digital publishing company for short e-books for women, by women. The kickstarter campaign is looking to raise at least $50,000 in order to publish a minimum of 100 e-books written by women this year.
From their campaign page:
Not enough women are able to get their work published today—even the best women writers. Almost three-quarters of the bylines in leading print and digital publications belong to men. What’s up with that? Amazingly, that gender disparity is nearly the same as it was 100 years ago. What’s up with that?
We don’t have anything against male writers. But if women don’t have the same opportunities to tell their stories, get them published, get paid fairly, and share them with readers, then…Wow. (Fill in your own depressing conclusion here.)
Every dollar we raise will go to pay women writers—journalists, memoirists, and fiction and nonfiction writers. Our goal is to raise $50K—but we’d love to raise much more. The more our Equal Writes Campaign budget grows, the more writers we can publish this year.
If you love reading and care about women’s voices and stories—stories that make you laugh, think, question, get up and do something!—please join our campaign and help us support women writers.
As a woman trying to navigate the world of freelance writing—through an interesting mix of grant writing, magazine writing, and blogging—I am thrilled when I see genuine efforts to increase the space for quality women’s writing.
Far too often the stories and experiences of men are elevated while those of women are buried; the words men write are acclaimed and read by many, while those of women are overlooked or under appreciated. I see the philosophy behind Shebooks and the momentum of the Equal Writes Campaign as an opportunity not only to see more women’s words in print, but also to create a mainstream dialogue about the gender bias in publishing.
Every woman has a story. Let’s make sure they all get told. Tweet this!
*I’m not affiliated with Shebooks or the Equal Writes Campaign in any way—I’m just a personal supporter of what I believe is a worthwhile endeavor. As of the writing of this post, the campaign has raised over $42,000. Here’s hoping it shatters its $50,000 goal!
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