Authors With Female Names Paid 9% Less Than Authors With Male Names: Critical Linking, April 25

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The paper, published in the journal PLOS One, found that there are three ways that discrimination unfolds. First, female authors are published less than male authors in particular genres. Second, genres that are thought of as traditionally women-oriented–like romance–are assigned less value by the industry. And finally, there are gender differences in the prices of books within the same genre. But even accounting for all of these differences, publishers paid authors with identifiably female names 9% less than authors with male names.

Ughhhhhhh forever.


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Coonan said: “I could hardly believe what gems there were in the files – stories written between the 1940s and 70s. Streatfeild’s output was prodigious: she wrote for children’s annuals, radio programmes, newspapers and magazines, and from these we have compiled two anthologies.” The stories, she added, were typed on thin paper and have the author’s annotations on them.

Two collections of forgotten stories by Noel Streatfeild, author of children’s classics including Ballet Shoes and Wintle’s Wonders, will be published for the first time.