on Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity:
Although there are many women authors, writing is a man’s world. In 2017, Quartz examined literary prizes in the US and found that since 1950, only a quarter have gone to women.
What’s more, author Nicola Griffith discovered that from 2000 to 2015, not one of the 15 Pulitzer Prize-winning books were written from the point of view of a woman or girl, regardless of who wrote them.
In same period, eight of the 15 Pulitzers were given to male novelists who wrote books about men or boys.
To compensate for the domination of the male voice in the publishing world, a number of houses have sprung up that cater exclusively to women writers.
Most of these are small presses, which means they rarely offer advances. The majority are feminist, meaning they represent a female perspective. None require an agent.