For Books’ Sake was founded in response to insitutionalised, systemic sexism in the media, publishing and education industries. Some examples of this include…
☆ Books by women women account for an average of only one in four of those reviewed by mainstream media, evidenced by annual audits such as the VIDA Count.
☆ In over a hundred years of the Nobel Prize for Literature, there have only been thirteen women winners.
☆ On GCSE English Literature reading lists, gender equality and diversity is actually getting worse, with only an average of 30% of set texts listed in draft qualification specifications for 2017 being written by women.
☆ At school, girls frequently outperform boys in terms of academic achievement, and have been shown to be more creative than their male counterparts. But figures show a significantly higher volume of girls not in education, employment or training once they reach ages 16-24.