Introduction to Women Writers’ Week 2021 | Chaz’s Journal

In addition to the historic seismic shift of the election of Kamala Harris as the first female vice president of the United States since the office was established in 1789, women’s roles are evolving in other areas. Amid the critical health challenges brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, Walgreens chose its first female president, Rosalind Brewer, making her the only current African American female CEO of a Fortune 500 company. Janet Yellen has been named the first female secretary of the 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 run Warner Bros Studio; and Channing Dungey and Pearlena Igbokwe, among others, have risen to the posts of heads of departments. And we even got the first African American princess married into the British royal family and then left her 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 this story.)

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

In addition to our regular movie 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. Today we also reposted the work of Angelica Jade Bastien, Whitney Spencer, Abby Olcese, and Katherine Tulich.

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