Introduction to Women Writers Week 2021 | Chaz’s Journal


Besides the seismic historic change of electing Kamala Harris as the first woman for Vice President of the United States since the office was established in 1789, women’s roles are evolving in other areas. In the midst of dealing with critical health issues brought about by the coronavirus pandemic, Walgreens chose its first woman president, Rosalind Brewer, making her the only current African-American female CEO of a Fortune 500 corporation. Janet Yellen was appointed the first female Secretary of Treasury. Three women received Nobel prizes in science: Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna in chemistry for their development in gene editing with CRISPR and Andrea Ghez in physics for her work on black holes. Ann Sarnoff became the first woman to head Warner Bros Studio; and Channing Dungey and Pearlena Igbokwe, among others, ascended to positions as department heads. And we even had the first African-American princess marry into the British royal family and then leave it because she didn’t want to lose her voice and the right to be seen and heard as her own person. (Let’s see what Disney does with that story.)

What do we make of these developments and how will our world change as more women assume powers of leadership? Would that we could solve all of the world’s problems this week, but I can promise you a week full of interesting, entertaining and informative essays and reviews. We will hear about a female film critic panel sponsored jointly by Cinema Femme and Cherry Picks; read more in-depth coverage of the Queen’s Gambit and what it is like to be a woman in a male-dominated world; dissect movies about women’s friendships and much more.

In addition to our regular film critics: Nell Minow, Christy Lemire, Sheila O’Malley, Tomris Laffly and Monica Castillo; we will hear from illustrious writers like Farren Smith Nehme, Roxana Hadadi, Carla Renata, Olivia Collette, Jennifer Merin, Joyce Kulhawik, Marya E. Gates, Arielle Bernstein, Justine Smith, Laura Emerick, Susan Wloszczyna, Sarah Knight Adamson, Mary Beth McAndrews, Hannah Benson, Kayleigh Donaldson, Cristina Escobar and Allison Shoemaker. We have also republished work today by Angelica Jade Bastien, Whitney Spencer, Abby Olcese and Katherine Tulich.

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