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What women writers are expected to do…quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

socks on floor

It is well known that a woman can be in two places at once, at her desk and her washing machine…

Sylvia Townsend Warner

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2 comments on “What women writers are expected to do…quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

  1. A.K.Andrew @artyyah
    April 7, 2015

    Brilliant quote this one. We have come further than that…haven’t we? Though I was just reading the Vida scores, which I’m relatively new to, and found them a tad bit depressing.

    • bridget whelan
      April 9, 2015

      I didn’t know about the Vida Scores (although I should have done) so had to look it up. For anyone else who shares my ignorance here’s a useful link http://www.vidaweb.org/about-vida/ but basically its an American arts organisation that monitors the kind of attention women writers receive in the US and abroad. Here’s a sample:-

      The VIDA Count reveals major imbalances at premiere publications both in the US and abroad. For example: The New York Review of Books covered 306 titles by men in 2010 and only 59 by women; The New York Times Book Review covered 524 books by men compared to 283 books written by women

      Thanks for letting me know about this Kate but I wonder if we have outgrown the desk/washing machine quote. I suspect it is an all too common attitide in most families. Read something by Lorrie Moore the other day about how much more she would have written if she only had a personal servant and the same would be true for all women writers….

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