Who we picked: The women who have taken home the Fiction Prize at the National Book Awards.
Why we picked them: Historically, the most prestigious awards for fiction writing have gone to male authors. That holds true for the National Book Awards, where women make up roughly 25 percent of Fiction Prize winners in the prize’s 69-year history. In honor of Wednesday night’s ceremony, we’re paying tribute to women who paved the way for current and future female novelists. Browse the timeline below for an overview of those authors and their prize-winning books.