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Book shop owner uses powerful display to show gender imbalance in published fiction

By WITW Staff on March 7, 2017

In honor of Women’s History Month, the self-proclaimed feminist-leaning bookstore, Loganberry Books in Cleveland, has turned around every male-written book in the fiction room to highlight the fiction gender gap. The bookshop’s eight female employees spent two hours going through the shop’s 10,000 books and plan on leaving the male-authored books turned backward for the next two weeks.

Speaking to Heat Street, the bookshop’s founder and owner, Harriet Logan, said, “Pictures are loud communicators, so we are in essence not just highlighting the disparity but bringing more focus to the women’s books now, because they’re the only ones legible on the shelf.” The visual impact of the display turned out, she said, to be even more impactful than expected and acted as “a metaphor of silencing the male voice — at least for this month.” Logan explained that in order “to give the floor and attention to women, you need to be able to hear them. And if someone else is talking over them, that just doesn’t happen.”

Read the full story at HeatStreet.


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