Long before the #MeToo movement gave voice to women fed up with a culture of sexual predation and harassment, titles focused on the real issues facing women were finding publishers and readers. That movement’s uncompromising demand for social justice is echoed in a wave of new titles focused on women’s and girl’s empowerment, feminism, and the connection between those issues and the distinct problems faced by women of color.
PW contacted a wide range of adult and children’s publishers to ask how their publishing programs serve the needs and demands of women and girls and celebrate their achievements. We spoke with the following publishers, editors, and marketing professionals: Liza Baker, v-p, publisher, Cartwheel Books and Orchard Books; Jennifer Baumgardner, publisher, Dottir; Shannon Fabricant, senior editor, Running Press; Beverly Horowitz, senior v-p, publisher, Delacorte; Jennifer Kasius, editorial director, Running Press; Jisu Kim, senior marketing and sales manager, Feminist Press; Jessie Kindig, editor, Verso; Krestyna Lypen, editor, Algonquin Young Readers; Amanda Maciel, executive editor, Scholastic; Margaret O’Neill Marbury, v-p, editorial, Harlequin; Liese Mayer, adult fiction editorial director, Bloomsbury; Nancy Miller, associate publisher and editorial director, Bloomsbury; Sarah Parvis, head of book development, Rebel Girls; Jessica Schmidt, v-p, associate publisher, Running Press; Dan Simon, publisher, Seven Stories; Reka Simonsen, editorial director, Atheneum BFYR; Ruth Weiner, associate publisher, Triangle Square BFYR, and publicity and marketing director, Seven Stories.
Check out our listings of women’s empowerment titles