Speaking as part of a panel discussion on 'What Sex is Your Bookshelf', hosted by the Man Booker Prize in London to mark International Women's Day, Shriver also rubbished author Kamila Shamsie's suggestion there should be 'Year of Publishing Women' in 2018 to promote female authors.
Most people who win that prize surely say the same thing: you have eliminated half the human race from applying. The idea of only publishing women is the same thing." Churchwell said she disagreed with Shriver about International Women’s Day and the Baileys Prize.“I believe both are necessary because we have not yet achieved equality.You just get back into a state where it’s invisible and what women think and experience gets lost all over again.” There have been mixed views to Shamsie's response to gender bias oversights within the industry.One of the reasons behind Shamsie's proposal, however, are statistics showing men are more likely to be asked to judge literary prize panels, and men in turn are more likely to recommend "yet more men", resulting in a "triple bind", according to Shamsie.Girls on the other hand are asked not to be demanding, to be forgiving and accommodating and ‘ladylike.’” Gender socialization persists for our entire lives.
It determines how we dress, the careers we aspire to, the chores we’re assigned and the social expectations that cause us embarrassment and anxiety when we deviate from them.When we do achieve equality then it will be nice to have a world in which those are not necessary,” she told .At the event, Churchwell said that “equality is precisely the fight for not having special treatment – even if that special treatment is couched as, as it is with women, preferential treatment", but said “you can’t win by pretending gender isn’t a problem, either."Although I agree there are risks here, I would like to see a world in my lifetime where International Women's Day is not necessary, where the Orange prize is not necessary.I am not convinced that we are there yet." Shriver won the Women's Prize for Fiction, (formerly called the Orange Prize for Fiction) for in 2005.A report recently published said textbooks were portaying women as "accomodating, nurturing drudges" and girls as "passive conformists", particularly in maths and science.