shewrites.com posts a call to action today to protest Publishers Weekly's inclusion of zero point zero, zero women authors in their Top Ten Books for 2009. Please take your own action and be sure to talk back to shewrites.com.
My action was a protest post on the Publishers Weekly website:
"No women in your top ten?! Please consider, what does this say about your ability to actually see, hear, or read other perspectives? No wonder there are such class, culture and gender divides in our world today. So much of the population simply gets ignored - systematically and in this case completely. You do not see their story as valid. This is tremendously damaging.
I urgently ask you to explore ways to think more deeply and creatively about this. I recommend watching a beautiful Ted.com talk "The Danger of a Single Story" by Nigerian writer Chimamanda Adichie.
It may help you understand why the outrage at your list. I look forward to the dialogue. Paulette"