The creation of the Prix Femina in 1904 was meant, among other things, to add visibility to women authors. Scholars since then, including Margot Irvine, professor at the University of Guelph in Canada, have put critical attention to how successful this effort has been, and other members of the Women in French organization have compiled extensive related bibliographies on the subject. External. A breakdown of women award-winners is a rubber-meets-road manner of assessing how women have been represented over the previous two centuries. An encouraging trend shows some progress not only among women— but among lesser-known authors in general — who in the early 2000s have been recognized in greater numbers. Below are the award-winning titles available at the Library of Congress written by women. They are grouped under the prize received starting with Prix Femina, followed by Prix Goncourt, Prix Renaudot, Prix Interallié and Prix Medici. The are in alphabetical order by title rather than listed in chronological order by year, but publication dates are usually a good indication. The exception is that translations are published at least a year after the initial award is given.
The following titles link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog.