Women to Watch

What Literary Agents Want Now

“On the hunt for a less problematic Simone de Beauvoir who can speak for literally all women at once and also not be so serious. This seems like it should be simple?” (Yes, this is a satirical list … kind of.) – The New York Times ...

The Rise Of Pregnant Stand-Up Comedy

Sure, men have dominated comedy for a long time. But pregnant women aren’t about to let that stop them. And actually, says one comic, “When I got pregnant with my second child, things had definitely changed. … The managers and agents were all like: ‘Cha-Ching! Cha-Ching! Where’s the book ...

We Can Bring Peace, Afghanistan’s First All-Female Orchestra Tells Taliban

Says Negin Khpelwak, the 22-year-old leader of the Zohra Orchestra, “We can bring freedom, peace and honor to Afghanistan. Women can’t go back to the dark days — they can break our instruments, they can ban the music, but they never take it from our hearts.” – Bloomberg ...

‘We Won’t Be Silenced,’ Afghan Female Musicians Tell Taliban

Says Negin Khpelwak, the 22-year-old leader of the Zohra Orchestra, “We can bring freedom, peace and honor to Afghanistan. Women can’t go back to the dark days — they can break our instruments, they can ban the music, but they never take it from our hearts.” – Bloomberg ...

Italy’s State Broadcaster Proposes Separate Channels For Men And Women

“A source at RAI said the plan was about repositioning programmes to better target male and female audiences, rather than gender segregation, but the potential move has been lambasted by opposition MPs and women’s groups.” – The Guardian ...

UK Theatre Industry Says It Has A Gender Wage Gap Because There Are So Few Women Doing Tech

“Participating employers” — those with more than 250 employees, among them Ambassador Theatre Group and Delmont Mackintosh as well as the Royal Opera House, the National Theatre and the RSC — “identified technical departments as the biggest driver of pay inequality between men and women i ...

Barbara Schultz, TV Exec Who Stood Up For Serious Drama When Rest Of Industry Wanted Comedy, Dead At 92

“One of a very few women in television’s executive ranks at the time, [she] oversaw CBS Playhouse in the late 1960s and the PBS series Visions in the 1970s, … offer[ing] writers a platform free from interference by corporate sponsors in exchange for stories that explored contemporary American ...

More joy

On March 8, I went to the WoCo Fest, a festival of music by women, and was so radiated with joy that I cancelled plans I had for the next night, and went back again. What made WoCo Fest so joyful? – Greg Sandow ...

Aretha Franklin Awarded Special Posthumous Pulitzer Prize

The Pulitzer board gave the late singer a Special Citation “for her indelible contribution to American music and culture for more than five decades.” She is the first individual woman to receive the Special Citation in its 89-year history. – Detroit Free Press ...

Joyful music

Cellist Steven Isserlis and pianist Connie Shih play music by bigtime male composers, and by women they loved. – Greg Sandow ...