The now-deleted tweet was posted by an also now-deleted account on 6 July, in defence of recent criticism of Rowling’s comments on transgender individuals, including comparing hormone treatment to “gay conversion therapy”.
The person wrote:
Not long before Rowling was published, women authors were unheard of.
Now your generation gets to take us further than my generation ever could because we aren’t living your lives.
But at least acknowledge that we laid the groundwork for you to take us on the next step.
Unfortunately, it appears the tweet author had forgotten something.
Namely… the entire history of literature.
Women authors across the board certainly did not receive the same opportunities, prestige and reward as men.
But that doesn’t mean they were “unheard of”.
Especially not by 1997.
Naturally, bemused social media users quickly corrected the claim.
In fact, a woman writer had literally clinched the Nobel Prize twice in the decade preceding Rowling’s first book.
toni morrison won the pulitzer prize in 1988 and the nobel prize in literature 1993 so lol shut up https://t.co/EBsZLvBUIh