I was curious about how my books read in 2015 broke down by the author’s gender, and I’m happy to report that it was almost entirely books by women.
This is not bad! Most of the male writers I read were guests at NerdCon: Stories, so that feels like a legit reason for choosing them. I’m still going to continue trying to read more women than men in 2016. I notice multiple times per day that I am almost constantly surrounded by men’s voices (Turn on the radio? Mostly male announcers, mostly male singers. Put on a TV show? Mostly men. Walk around listening to whatever conversation is happening in a public place? The voices that come through are mostly men’s.), and I want to change that to have more balance, as much as I can. I’ve been curating a Pandora station that is nearly all women’s voices (a few bands with both female and male singers are included), so that’s a step in the right direction. Do you notice that you hear a majority of voices from one group or another? Do you have any strategies for changing what you hear?