I haven’t seen the new Star Wars movie yet. But the movie The Force Awakens has a female character to watch. […]
Words matter. As a writer, I’ve very aware of that. There’s a subtle yet important difference between, for example, “girl” and “woman.” One word that I’ve shied away from in the past few years is the word “feminist.” I’ve heard that younger women can’t relate to it. I’ve heard they don’t like it. They believe […]
Are we seeing a shift from ogling women for how they look to appreciating women for what they accomplish?
I hope so.
The Italian tire maker Pirelli is known for its exclusive pinup calendars. For over 40 years the company has hired top-notch photographers to produce pictures of women in various stages of undress.
The 2016 calendar will be different. […]
The two sisters in my mother-in-law’s assisted living home have their hair done, their lipstick on. I wondered why they wore makeup to just dinner with the other residents. I wondered why they wore makeup to just dinner with the other residents. Over the days we visited, my eye would seek them out. They seemed more vivacious, somehow, more happier, than many of the other occupants. […]
Augusta Chiwy died on August 23rd. Never heard of her? She was one of the many unsung heroes of World War II. Ms. Chiwy was mentioned only in passing in Stephen Ambrose’s bestselling book Band of Brothers as a black nurse from the Congo. Yet hers is a story of remarkable courage. […]
What’s the deal with Annie Oakley? I always thought of her as some silly gun toting caricature, probably because of the movies that make her into some sort of tomboy. Certainly not someone to take seriously. So I did a search on Amazon. I found girls’ Annie Oakley costumes for girls, but even more disturbing, women’s Annie Oakley costumes, complete with ample cleavage. Is it any wonder that I didn’t take her seriously? […]
I read women’s biographies. It doesn’t matter what era. The trials seem to be the same for every woman from Sally Ride to Joan of Arc. Both of these women, separated by 600 years, had the same struggle to be able to do what they wanted to do. For Sally, it was to be on the crew of the previously all male NASA flying club. For Joan, it was banishing the enemy English from French land. Both women had to convince men to step out of the way. […]
We prize the image of the rugged individual. Perhaps that’s more of a male-influenced ideal, but it helps me to remember that none of us really do it alone. Sometimes I have to remind myself that help can come from unexpected places. […]