A few days ago I came to the conclusion that far too few of the letters on this website are written by women. A quick look at the all-time most popular posts, over there, on the right, illustrates the point perfectly: of the 32 listed, just one of them — this beautiful one, by Laura Huxley — was crafted by a lady. This isn’t because women don’t write noteworthy letters; it’s because, for some reason or other, I’ve featured far more correspondence from men. It’s a frustrating situation. Clearly I’m looking in the wrong places, reading the wrong books, and speaking to the wrong people.
I really want to redress the balance and would love for you to help, as thousands of fresh eyes are better than two groggy ones. So, consider this a submissions drive. If you know of any interesting letters, by women — or girls for that matter — that haven’t yet featured on the site, please let me know; famous or otherwise. The letters’ writers can be from any walk of life: businesswomen, chefs, dancers, doctors, actresses, teachers, criminals, artists, mothers, daughters… the letters themselves must simply be notable and have the power to provoke an emotional response from you, the reader. Even if you’ve only heard of a particular letter and haven’t yet read it, get in touch and I’ll do my best to track it down.
Send any suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.
The aim, with your help, is to see at least a dozen women’s letters in that “Most Read” list by the end of the year. I know there are plenty out there.