We all know that throughout the ages, it’s tough for women to get the job as chief monarch. It usually occurs because there’s no other male heirs. This is the case of the current Queen of England, Elizabeth II. For Cleopatra, there was plenty of other choices. She was co-regent with her younger brother, who […]
“It can’t be true, what those women are claiming,” said a woman at a banquet I was attending last week. “Why would they wait so long?” I pondered her perspective. Perhaps she has never been molested? Perhaps she doesn’t know what it’s like to be the powerless in the presence of the powerful? Yesterday Salma […]
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 […]