Following a successful crowdfunding campaign, the Sister Library has opened up in Mumbai.
Through many reading interventions that we (bombay underground) executed in many different parts of the city I realised that people were not reading women. Works of women were looked at as a subcategory and was limited to that. This troubled me and I looked at my own collection. only to find it heavily disproportionate. My collection had less than 20% female authors and since that day I made a very conscious decision to read women exclusively.
The cultural tropes that have arisen from this practice – the woman behind the great man, the fallen woman, the domestic goddess, the vengeful shrew, etc. – have never done women any favors, and were never intended to.