On Monday 8th March, WriteMentor hosted a special #WMChat for International Women’s Day featuring three women in publishing – authors Priscilla Mante and Emma Finlayson-Palmer, and literary agent and director Hannah Sheppard.

Reaching out to its online community, WriteMentor invited writers to chat to these guests to find how why and how they #ChooseToChallenge inequality.

Moderated by WriteMentor co-pilot Florianne Humphrey, the panel sought to explore the question: What does it mean to be a women in publishing?

“Is the industry widening their cultural literacy so they’re equipped to buy a wider range of books? Are writers from under-represented groups being held to higher standards with narrower expectations of what they should write?” asked Priscilla during the panel.

“#ChooseToChallenge the idea you can increase diversity while excluding diverse authors – this practice perpetuates inequalities. Reject tokenism and ensure all are treated fairly and supported to create a wide range of stories,” she added.

Read the full article on the International Women’s Day website here.