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Penguin Books: The Role of Women in the Publisher's History

Penguin Books is a British publishing company that was founded in 1935 by Allen Lane. Throughout its history, Penguin has played an important role in promoting and publishing the work of women writers.

In the early years of the company, Penguin published a number of important works by women authors, including Virginia Woolf's "A Room of One's Own" and "Three Guineas" and the novels of Dorothy L. Sayers and Agatha Christie. However, the proportion of books by women authors on the list was not very high.

In the 1960s and 1970s, Penguin began to actively seek out and publish the work of women writers, particularly in the Penguin Modern Classics series. This included works by leading feminist writers such as Simone de Beauvoir, Betty Friedan, and Germaine Greer, as well as important works of fiction by female authors such as Doris Lessing and Margaret Atwood.

In recent years, Penguin has continued to publish and promote the work of women writers, with a particular focus on voices from diverse backgrounds. This includes the publication of works by female authors from around the world and from underrepresented groups, such as women of color and LGBTQ+ women.

Penguin has also taken steps to address the gender imbalance in its own workforce. In 2017 Penguin Random House, the parent company of Penguin, committed to achieving gender parity in its author roster by 2025, and to creating a more inclusive and representative workforce across all levels of the company.

In summary, Penguin has played an important role in promoting and publishing the work of women writers throughout its history, and continues to actively work towards greater representation and inclusivity in the authors it publishes and its own workforce.

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