“In 1930, Davis moved to Hollywood to screen test for Universal Studios. Davis and her mother traveled by train to Hollywood and arrived on December 13, 1930. She would later recount her surprise that nobody from the studio was there to meet her at the train. In fact, a studio employee had waited for her, … Continue reading “How Bette Davis Turned Criticism and Doubt Into Success”

I’ve always been a fan of the ballet. I remember reading a New Yorker piece about Misty Copeland three years ago which explored her past, her present and her indisputable mark on the ballet industry. Considered a prodigy, Copeland did not discover dance until she was 13. This is about 10 years too late, a … Continue reading “Misty Copeland: How One Woman Changed Ballet”

I believe, you see, in the dream…. There’s a lot to say about Diana Vreeland. As the former editor-in-chief of Vogue from 1963 until 1971, founder of the Met Costume Ball and style icon, she changed the idea of not just fashion, but individuality. With nothing but a dream, she rose to prominence without formal education … Continue reading “The Greatest Business Advice From Diana Vreeland”

Martha Gellhorn was an American novelist, travel writer, and journalist, who is now considered one of the greatest war correspondents of the 20th century. She reported on virtually every major world conflict that took place during her 60-year career. Gellhorn was also the third wife of American novelist Ernest Hemingway, from 1940 to 1945. At … Continue reading “Martha Gellhorn’s Greatest Advice From Her Letters To Men”

Hilda Terry was a cartoonist mostly known for ‘Teena’, a comic strip about a teenage girl that ran for 20 years in American newspapers. She was the first woman allowed to join the National Cartoonists Society in 1950 and became a pioneer in early computer animation. Born in 1914, Terry was raised in Newburyport, Massachusetts. She … Continue reading “The Story of Hilda Terry: How A Cartoon Became A Movement”

The word feminism pops up a lot: we’ve heard about it on ‘Broad City’ and ‘Master of None’, read about it in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s ‘We Should All Be Feminists’ and obviously listened to Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’. For better or worse, pop culture cashes in on feminism; regardless of that, the movement has gained important political … Continue reading “A Reminder from Simone de Beauvoir: Women are Not the Second Sex”

Judy Chicago is an American feminist artist, art educator, and writer known for her large collaborative art installation pieces which examine the role of women in history and culture. Born in Chicago, Illinois, as Judith Cohen, she changed her name after the deaths of both her father and her first husband, choosing to disconnect from … Continue reading “Judy Chicago On Defying Expectations In The Art World”

Every woman has that other woman. You know, that one woman who just makes you feel totally and completely inadequate. That girl who is cooler, more stylish and more beautiful than you. For many women (or at least, for myself) that woman is definitely Jemima Kirke. One of the stars of HBO’s “Girls”, what killed … Continue reading “Jemima Kirke: There’s No Such Thing As A Carefree Woman”

Patti Smith is an icon. Unlike most icons, however, you can’t pinpoint her talent to one skill. She’s a musician, poet, painter, writer —an artist. She’s not shackled by the identity of one profession, but inhibits all of them under the umbrella of the artist. There’s a famous line in her autobiography, “Just Kids”, in … Continue reading “Patti Smith’s Advice On Following The Road Less Traveled”

Angela Davis was born in Birmingham, Alabama. The family lived in the “Dynamite Hill” neighborhood, which was marked in the 1950s by the bombings of houses of middle-class blacks who had moved into the area. Davis attended Carrie A. Tuggle School, a segregated black elementary school. During this time Davis’ mother, Sallye Bell Davis, was … Continue reading “The Full Story Behind Angela Davis’ Speech At Women’s March”