There's a movement today, International Women's Day, to demonstrate what the world would look like #withoutawoman. Women all over the world are declining to work (paid at a job or unpaid at home) today in order to make that point.
I am unable to participate in that part of the movement (or else I would not be sitting here typing this), but I did want to take a moment to think about what the world would look like without female authors.
This morning, I went through my nonfiction bookcase and pulled out all of my female authors (excluding memoirs). I came up with quite the stack.
Without women, we wouldn't have Samantha Power's book on genocide and America's role in fighting it (A Problem from Hell). We wouldn't have one of the premier historians of Ancient Rome in Mary Beard (SPQR). We wouldn't have Doris Kearns Goodwin and her research into some of our presidents (No Ordinary Time).
There are many others, but those are a few of the women on my nonfiction shelf.