Historical fiction author Mary Sharratt posted on Facebook this week asking for the names of the most maligned women in history. The response was overwhelming. Name after name was mentioned, some several times over. I started copying the names, including the repeats, and filled five sheets of paper. The names ranged from Eve (including a […]
Amelia Earhart was a strong woman. She broke at least ten records in her lifetime, including the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic and the first woman to fly solo nonstop coast to coast. Not only did she have to deal with smelling gasoline fumes and numbing fatigue, but unlike men, she had a […]
Here’s to enjoying the company of good friends and family. I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!
Linda Nochlin died about two weeks ago. In her obituary, the Guardian called her one of art history’s “greatest troublemakers.” She earned the title by writing a trailblazing article in 1971 called “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” According to the Smithsonian, Nochlin was a Vassar professor when a male art dealer turned […]
How do you become a good novel writer? Put in the time. A long time. About ten years. Sure, for a few writers, they’re prodigies like Mary Shelley, who wrote the classic Frankenstein before her twentieth birthday. For the rest of us who juggle other demands in our lives, it takes years. I’ve put in […]
The movie Murder on the Orient Express opened this week, with Kenneth Branagh starring as Hercule Poirot. Christie’s novel was first filmed in 1974, but the UK Daily Mail calls this version “one of the most highly-anticipated films of the year.” Christie has been dead for 41 years, but she’s still the bestselling novelist of […]
British historian Bettany Hughes in a London Evening Standard article this week said that despite misleading portrayals in movies and on tv of powerful women, “the world never had this many sexpots.” Hughes has created a tv production company to counter the notion that powerful women in the past were “super-sexual.” Beauty and sex appeal are […]