A fortnight ago Jonathan Emmett announced that he was drawing a line under his campaign to improve the gender-balance of judging panels (particularly for the Carnegie and Greenaway Awards, judged by librarians).
His announcement on the coolnotcute blog contained this rather telling infographic, comparing the gender balance of adult and children’s book awards.
I was reminded of this while reading a piece in The Bookseller which makes mention of the overwhelming bias in favour of male characters in picture books:
There is strong bias in picture books towards male protagonists. It is so prevalent and has been with us for so long that, as a trade, I don’t believe we notice it, let alone wonder if it might be worth redressing the balance.