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Women in the Writing World: News Roundup by Emily Ramser

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Co-Writing New Book

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is co-writing a book, which will be a collaborative effort between Ginsburg and her biographers. It will include a selection of writing and speeches by Ginsburg on a range of topics from gender equality to being Jewish. It is set to be released in January 2017.

A Biologist is Writing Wikipedia Articles About Women Scientists

Emily Temple-Wood has been writing Wikipedia articles for each harassing email she has received over the years, specifically articles about female scientists. She began this project in 2012 and it has since grown exponentially. Seventy-six people have now joined Temple-Wood in writing these articles.

96 Women from Around the World Compete in Poetry Slam 

The 2016 Women of the World Poetry Slam is featuring 96 women or gender nonconforming writers from around the world at the Pratt Institute. The Women of the World Poetry Slam is a four-day long festival. Poets go through several rounds of slam competition until the top 12 performers are picked and then compete against one another to be the poetry slam champion. The festival will also include open mics, themed slams, writing workshops and panel discussions.

Women Journalists are Earning Less

The Independent Association of Publisher’s Employees 1096 announced that Dow Jones, the company that owns The Wall Street Journal, is paying its female writers less. On average, full-time female employees at Dow Jones publications make roughly 87 cents for every dollar paid to full-time male employees. Additionally, it was found that white women have a 24 percent higher weekly pay than black women and that white men earn 36 percent higher weekly pay than black women. Many are calling for this wage gap to change.


 

Emily Ramser is an undergraduate studying English, Creative Writing, and Religion at Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in English and Creative Writing, and is expected to graduate in May of 2017. Some of her inspirations include Thornton Wilder, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Bhanu Kapil, Andrea Gibson, Gabriel Gudding, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Gail Simone, and Alfred Lord Tennyson. Check out her black out poetry collection I Forgot How to Write When They Diagnosed Me. You can find more of her work at her blog.

*Featured Image via Flickr by Andrew Buckle

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