If this topic is something that interests you, I highly recommend doing some research. The world of gender disparity may seem repetitive at times, but with a little research (or in my case a lot), you can really find the pieces of this current debate that speak to you and make you want to take action. Below are the sources I found that really helped me delve into this project, many of which spoke to me both academically and personally.
A.C. “Contemporary fiction: The death of chick lit?” The Economist. 2012. http://www.economist.com/blogs/prospero/2012/03/contemporary-fiction.
Baker, Katie J. M. “Want to Be a Successful Writer? Be a Man.” Jezebel. 2012. http://jezebel.com/5966528/want-to-be-a-writer-then-ideally-dont-be-a-woman.
Brown, Amber. Email interview with Assistant Manager of Main Point Books. May 16, 2016.
Buzwell, Greg. “Daughters of decadence: the New Woman in the Victorian find de siècle.” British Library. 2016. http://www.bl.uk/romantics-and-victorians/articles/daughters-of-decadence-the-new-woman-in-the-victorian-fin-de-siecle.
Calix, Lillian. “We Need Diverse Books at BookCon 2015.” New York Public Library. 2015. https://www.nypl.org/blog/2015/06/05/we-need-diverse-books-bookcon.
Caplan-Bricker, Nora. “New Survey Confirms Straight White Women’s Domination of Book Publishing.” Slate. 2016. http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2016/02/01/lee_low_survey_on_diversity_in_publishing_finds_it_s_overwhelmingly_straight.html.
Chappell, Warren. A Short History of the Printed Word. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc, 1970.
Cohen, Stefanie. “Why Women Writers Still Take Men’s Names.” Wall Street Journal. 2012. http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424127887324355904578159453918443978.
“Cover Story: 50 Top Women in Book Publishing.” Book Business. 2009. http://www.bookbusinessmag.com/article/i-book-business-i-honors-leading-female-executives-helping-shape-industry-406759/1/.
Cox, Erin L. “On Being a Woman In Publishing.” Publishing Perspectives. 2015. http://publishingperspectives.com/2015/07/on-being-a-woman-in-publishing/#.VzXi5RUrK1s.
Criser, Starla. “PEN NAMES: Pros and Cons.” From Rubbish to Publish. 2015. http://rubbishtopublish.com/writing-tools/general-writing-information/pen-names-pros-and-cons/.
Dee, Thomas S. “The Why Chromosome.” Education Next 6, no. 4 (2006): 69-75. http://educationnext.org/the-why-chromosome/.
Desta, Yohana. “A brief history of female authors with male pen names.” Mashable. 2015. http://mashable.com/2015/03/01/female-authors-pen-names/#DNeLpCk7kqqu.
Diniejko, Dr. Andrzej. “The New Woman Fiction.” The Victorian Web. 2011. http://www.victorianweb.org/misc/diniejko.html.
Enders, Erin. “7 Reasons We Shouldn’t Write Off ‘Chick Lit” and ‘Women’s Fiction.” Bustle. 2014. http://www.bustle.com/articles/52168-7-reasons-we-shouldnt-write-off-chick-lit-and-womens-fiction.
Engdahl, Sylvia. “How Genre Labeling Keeps Some Books from Being Discovered.” Indies Unlimited. 2013. http://www.indiesunlimited.com/2013/06/25/how-genre-labeling-keeps-some-books-from-being-discovered/.
“English Language and Literature.” Yale College Programs of Study. November 22, 2016. http://catalog.yale.edu/ycps/subjects-of-instruction/english-language-literature/#coursestext.
Fernando, Lloyd. “New Women” in the Late Victorian Novel. University Park: The Pennsylvania State University Press, 1977.
Finkelstein, David and Alistair McCleery. The Book History Reader. London: Routledge, 2002.
Flood, Alison. “Coverflip: author Maureen Johnson turns tables on gendered book covers.” the guardian. 2013. http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/may/09/coverflip-maureen-johnson-gender-book.
Flood, Alison. “Self-publishing lets women break book industry’s glass ceiling, survey finds.” the guardian. 2015. http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/mar/06/self-publishing-lets-women-break-book-industrys-glass-ceiling-survey-finds.
Flood, Alison. “Yale English students call for end of focus on white male writers.” the guardian. 2016. https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/jun/01/yale-english-students-call-for-end-of-focus-on-white-male-writers.
Forna, Aminatta. “Aminatta Forna: don’t judge a book by its author.” the guardian. 2015. http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/feb/13/aminatta-forna-dont-judge-book-by-cover.
Friedman, Jane. “Do Men Receive Bigger Book Advanced than Women?” Scratch Magazine. 2015. https://janefriedman.com/book-advances-by-gender/.
“Genres.” Lit Rejections. 2016. http://www.litrejections.com/genres/.
Gregory, Julia. “Women and Power.” Women in Journalism. 2016. http://womeninjournalism.co.uk/women-and-power-by-julia-gregory.
Hensch, Kathryn. “10 Incredible Quotes From the Awe-Inspiringly Wise Writer Alex Elle.” BUST. http://bust.com/arts/14196-10-incredible-quotes-from-the-awe-inspiringly-wise-writer-alex-elle.html.
Harris, Joanne. Email interview with author. May 23, 2016.
Harris, Sharon M. American Women Writers to 1800. New York: Oxford University Press, 1996.
Harrison, Mette Ivie. “Writing Characters of the Opposite Gender.” Chopsticks. 2012. http://www.intergalacticmedicineshow.com/cgi-bin/mag.cgi?do=columns&vol=mette_ivie_harrison&article=044.
Holmes, Linda. “Women Are Not Marshmallow Peeps, And Other Reasons There’s No ‘Chick Lit.’ NPR. 2010. http://www.npr.org/sections/monkeysee/2010/08/25/129423107/women-who-read-are-not-marshmallow-peeps-and-other-humble-suggestions.
Institute for Women’s Leadership, Rutgers University. “Faculty Diversity in Higher Education.” The Chronicle of Higher Education Almanac, 2006-2007.
Janes, Hilly. “Women and social media: friend or foe?” Women in Journalism. 2016. http://womeninjournalism.co.uk/wij-wow-women-and-social-media-friend-or-foe/.
Krupnick, Catherine G. “Women and Men in the Classroom: Inequality and Its Remedies.” On Teaching and Learning. 1985.
Ledger, Sally and Roger Luckhurst. The Fin De Siècle. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000.
Lowther, Tricia. “Children’s Books Still Promote Gender Stereotypes.” New Republic. 2014. https://newrepublic.com/article/116943/childrens-books-still-promote-gender-stereotypes.
Lyons, Martyn. Books A Living History. Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2011.
Mays, Dorothy A. Women in Early America: Struggle, Survival, and Freedom in a New World Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO Inc, 2004.
McFadden, Syreeta. “What People are Saying about VIDA.” VIDA. 2016. http://www.vidaweb.org/about-vida/.
Mourik, Orli Van. “Publishing and Prejudice: 5 Feamle Writers Weigh in on Sexism in the Literary World.” Brooklyn Based. 2013. http://brooklynbased.com/blog/2013/11/15/publishing-and-prejudice-5-female-writers-weigh-in-on-sexism-in-the-literary-world/.
Naughton, Julie. “Yes, Virgil, There Are Men Writing Romance: Focus on Romance 2012.” Publisher’s Weekly. 2012. http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/new-titles/adult-announcements/article/52473-yes-virgil-there-are-men-writing-romance-focus-on-romance-2012.html.
Oswell, Paul. “Meet the male writers who hide their gender to attract female readers.” the guardian. 2015. http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/jul/31/male-writers-hide-gender-sell-more-books.
“Pay Equity & Discrimination.” Institute For Women’s Policy Research. 2010. http://www.iwpr.org/initiatives/pay-equity-and-discrimination.
“Pen and Brush History.” Pen and Brush. 2016. http://www.penandbrush.org/about/history.
Petrocelli, William. “Who Needs Publishers & Bookstores? Writers, Readers & Everyone Else. Huffington Post. 2012. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-petrocelli/who-needs-publishers-bookstores_b_1803155.html.
Rose, Phyllis. The Norton Book of Women’s Lives. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1993.
Russ, Joanna. To Write Like a Woman. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1995.
Russell, Victoria. “Pen Names and Female Writers.” Blooming Twig. 2015. http://www.bloomingtwig.com/pen-names-and-female-writers/.
Sands, Janice. “Self Publishing Platforms: Women’s Playground or Last Resort?” Huffington Post. 2015. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/janice-sands/selfpublishing-platforms-_b_7080516.html.
Shah, Purvi. “The Unbearable (White) Maleness of US Poetry: And How We Can Enable a Structural Response to Literary Yellowface and Gender Inequity. In Publishing.” VIDA. 2015. http://www.vidaweb.org/the-unbearable-white-maleness-of-us-poetry-and-how-we-can-enable-a-structural-response-to-literary-yellowface-and-gender-inequity-in-publishing/.
Smithsonian National Postal Museum. “Women in Postal History.” Women in the US Postal Museum. http://postalmuseum.si.edu/womenhistory/women_history/history_goddard.html.
Teeter, Robert. “The Western Canon by Harold Bloom.” Interleaves.org. http://www.interleaves.org/~rteeter/grtbloom.html.
Vogel, Rachel. Email interview with creator of PLUS Women. June 22, 2016.
Weeks, Linton. “5 Best-Selling Female Writers You May Not Have Heard Of.” NPR. 2015. http://www.npr.org/sections/npr-history-dept/2015/11/03/453972045/5-bestselling-writers-you-may-not-have-heard-of.
Werber, Cassie. “There’s a gender gap in prize-winning literature-no between the authors, but the characters.” Quartz. 2015. http://qz.com/417819/theres-a-gender-gap-in-prize-winning-literature-not-between-the-authors-but-the-characters/.
Whitehead, Andrew. Email interview with Production Manager of Rathalla Review. May 6, 2016.
“Why do the best jobs go to men? Eleanor Mills writes in the British Journalism Review. ”Women in Journalism. 2016. http://womeninjournalism.co.uk/why-do-the-best-jobs-go-to-men-eleanor-mills-writes-in-the-british-journalism-review-sept-14/.
“Why The OpEd Project? (Interview with Katie Orenstien).” The OpEd Project. http://theopedproject.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=418.
Willens, Michele. “The Mixed Results of Male Authors Writing Female Characters.” The Atlantic. 2013. http://www.theatlantic.com/sexes/archive/2013/03/the-mixed-results-of-male-authors-writing-female-characters/273641/.
“Women with a Deadline.” National Women’s History Museum. 2007. https://www.nwhm.org/online-exhibits/womenwithdeadlines/wwd5.htm