Women in Horror Panel at Ukazoo Books
April 26th • Ukazoo Books, Towson, MD
Our Women in Horror panel was a long time in the making but I think it turned out to be one of the best panels I’ve ever attended. Special thanks goes to Ukazoo Books for their help in making the event happen, despite a post-ponement due to weather, and also for making us feel so welcome.
Every panelist had incredible, thoughtful insights to share and, though the issue is quite complex and thorny, I felt as though progress was actually being made. I’m proud and honored to know all these women and have a great respect for everything they’ve achieved.
Many excellent points were made and important experiences were shared. It would be impossible to cover all of that here so I’ll just summarize a few ways to try to effect change.
Things to do to support gender equality in the arts
- When you read a great book by a woman (or experience any great art by a woman) make sure to spread the word, whether by doing a review or mentioning it to a friend, word of mouth is crucial
- If you see a list of best authors that does not include women, make suggestions or recommendations of female authors that would fit that list
- Seek art outside the mainstream, the independent music, movie, book and arts movements provide more freedom and therefore often more opportunities for women
- If you believe in gender equality it is important to identify yourself as a feminist to combat the idea that feminism means man-hating or extreme ideas rather than a belief in equality
- Consider reading outside of your comfort zone, while it takes extra effort there are great rewards to getting another perspective
- If you are a woman working in horror know that you are a role model by default even if you are just doing what you love, you can effect change simply by being open and sharing what you are doing