March is Women’s History Month and today, March 8th, is International Women’s Day. Loganberry Books, a store in Cleveland, Ohio, decided to take a unique approach to this particular holiday by turning around all books on the shelves authored by men. What was left was a stunning look at how little literature is written by women.
Founder and owner, Harriet Logan told Buzzfeed,
“I have been bookselling for over 20 years, and every year I have taken the time and effort to highlight women’s works for Women’s History Month in March. This year, I wanted to do something different, something that would highlight not just the good works by women, but also the disparity in the industry. As someone who tries to carry female authors, the effect is shocking.”
Logan also estimated that only about 37% of the books in her store were written by women. The re-shelving took place over a performance art exhibition in which 10,000 copies of literature by men were flipped around.
Logan also said, “I want people to think: is the gender gap really this uneven, and why? What does my personal library look like? What can be done to change this imbalance? And then go find a title by a female author you may or may not be familiar with — it’s easy to find them — and give it a try,”
Loganberry Books will have the books turned around until March 15th.
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