More Women Won Pulitzer Prizes This Year Than in the Past Five

Can this be the start of a new trend, please?

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Today marked the announcement of one of the most prestigious awards for writers and journalists in America: the Pulitzer Prize. This year, six women won individual awards, which is a fantastic feat—the last time that happened was all the way back in 2010. Last year, only one woman won in the journalism category, and the year before saw an all time low of no women at all.

According to the official site, the winners are as follows:

Editorial writing: Kathleen Kingsbury of The Boston Globe

Criticism: Mary McNamara of the Los Angeles Times (pictured above, left)

Commentary: Lisa Falkenberg of the Houston Chronicle

Feature writing: Diana Marcum of the Los Angeles Times (pictured above, right)

National Reporting: Carol D. Leonnig of The Washington Post

General Nonfiction: Elizabeth Kolbert, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

Congratulations to all of these badass women, whose work we admire and aspire to.

(H/T Polynter)

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