In Monday’s Dispatch, we’re taking a look at the nominees for the 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist and the women who won the world’s most prestigious environmental prize. Plus, gender equality campaigners are once again calling for quotas to be introduced to get more women into positions of power – and a young Chelsea Ladies’ striker has been named Player of the Year.
The shortlist for the Women’s Prize for Fiction is announced
Six novels by women authors have been shortlisted for the 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction, including several debut works and three by British writers.
The three British authors on the shortlist are Imogen Hermes Gowar for her debut novel The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock, a fantastical mystery set in Georgian London that was described by The Times as “2018’s most hyped book”; Jessie Greengrass, another first-time author whose book Sight explores themes of motherhood, science and self-knowledge; and Kamila Shamsie for her seventh novel Home Fire, which was nominated for the Man Booker and Costa book awards in 2017.
After the news that she had been shortlisted was announced, Greengrass wrote on Twitter: “Lest any slight success go to my head, I have spent the day being roundly thrashed at Uno by a poorly three-year-old.”
Elif Batuman, a staff writer at The New Yorker, has also been shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction for her first novel, The Idiot. The final two nominated authors are Indian poet, writer and activist Meena Kandasamy for her book When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife, and American novelist Jesmyn Ward for her third novel, the Mississippi-set Sing, Unburied, Sing.
Read more on this story at The Bookseller.
Gender quotas should be introduced in key industries, Fawcett Society says
Gender equality charity the Fawcett Society has said that quotas are needed to get more women into positions of power in politics, business and the arts.
Analysis from the Fawcett Society Sex and Power Index, released ahead of the unveiling of suffragist Millicent Fawcett in London’s Parliament Square on Tuesday, shows that men still hold the most senior and powerful roles in every area of society.
“When we see this data brought together it is both shocking and stark – despite some prominent women leaders, men haven’t let go of the reins of power and progress is painfully slow,” said Sam Smethers, chief executive of the Fawcett Society.
“Equality won’t happen on its own. We have to make it happen. That is why we are calling for time-limited use of quotas and making all jobs flexible by default.”
The Fawcett Index shows that just 26% of cabinet ministers and 17% of council leaders are women, showing how far politics has to go before it is even close to achieving gender parity.
The Guardian has more on this story here.
Chelsea striker Fran Kirby receives Player of the Year award
Fran Kirby, a striker for Chelsea Ladies football club, has been recognised at the Women’s Player of the Year at the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) awards.
The 24-year-old has scored 22 goals in all competitions so far this season, and beat five players from the unbeaten Women’s Super League to win the award.
Speaking after the awards ceremony on Sunday night, Kirby said she was “absolutely delighted to win”.
“It’s very humbling because [the Player of the Year award is] voted for by the people I play against week in, week out, so I’m absolutely delighted to win.
“A massive thank you to everyone who has voted for me and to my teammates who helped me get here.”
Sky Sports has more on this story here.
Women activists dominate at world’s most prestigious environmental awards
Every year, the highly-regarded Goldman Environmental Prize is awarded to six people from six different continents for their work in environmental activism.
This year, five of the awards were given to women, including two women who shared a prize – highlighting how women are leading the way in tackling green issues around the world.
The winners of the Goldman prize included two South African women who successfully halted a secret nuclear deal by their government; an Afro-Colombian activist who led women on a 350-mile march to protest illegal mining; and a French marine conservationist whose campaigning led to a change in EU fishing laws.
Find out more about all the women who won an award here.
Throughout 2018, Stylist is raising the profiles of brilliant women past and present – and empowering future generations to follow their lead – with our Visible Women campaign. See more from Visible Women here.
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