For Today, But Really Every Day: Ladies I Love

I love these women for a variety of reasons: they inspire, they entertain, they challenge, they leave me in awed silence, they provoke, or they were “there” in my most formative years, holding out a torch to lead the way. I have written about many of them, many of them I have not. And I swear to God, with such a huge list as this, with so many accomplished women, if anyone shows up and does the cliched, “What about so-and-so?” or “I was surprised at the absence of so-and-so” my answer is: How about you just add to the list with your own names? Do you honestly feel like this is a FINAL list? Or that such a list could EVER be finalized?

Women have been making essential contributions to culture and history and science and art and politics since the beginning. I am honored to take a moment (or … hours, to compile the list and then track down photos) out of my day to celebrate them.

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Gloria Swanson

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Renee Falconetti

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Tilda Swinton

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Gena Rowlands

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Pam Grier

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Lorrie Moore

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Rossy de Palma

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Bibi Andersson

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Royalty Hightower

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Bea Arthur

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Darlene Love

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Sarah Siddons

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Kate and Anna McGarrigle

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Edna St. Vincent Millay

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Shu Qi

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Dorothea Lange

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Patti LaBelle

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Zelda Fitzgerald

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L7

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Tuesday Weld

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Katherine Dunn

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Machiko Kyō

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Edith Head

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Edna O’Brien

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Shayesteh Irani

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Josephine Baker

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Mary Shelley

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Lina Wertmüller

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Brenda Lee

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Parker Posey

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Martha Stewart

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Cheryl Crawford

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Alfre Woodard

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Katharine Hepburn

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Dorothy Parker

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Dede Allen

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Missy Elliott

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Dorothy Arzner

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Susan Batson

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Rachel Kushner

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Angelina Jolie

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Rosie the Riveters

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Zoë Tamerlis Lund

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Sinéad O’Connor

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Shabnam Tolouei

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Toni Morrison

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Patti Hansen, her character in “They All Laughed” inspired by another lady I love …

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Joy Barlow in “The Big Sleep”

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Chantal Akerman


Lily Gladstone

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Helen Thomas

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Nora Joyce

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Hattie McDaniel

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Sarah Vowell

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Tallulah Bankhead

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Faye Adams

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Sissy Spacek

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Shirli McAllen

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Golshifteh Farahani


Felicia Day

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Debbie Harry

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Viola Davis

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George Eliot

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Gabrielle Union

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Ruth Nelson

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Charlotte Rampling

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Maggie Cheung

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Joan Crawford

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Odetta

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Elinor Lipman

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WWII code-breakers

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Anna Magnani

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Reed Morano

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Gillian Welch

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Angelica Schuyler Church

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Vicky Zhao

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Ruby Dee

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Dolly Parton

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Vivien Leigh

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Anna Faris

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Kathy Bates

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Martha Vickers

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Gene Tierney

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Charlize Theron

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Anne Bancroft

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Anna Karina

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Cloris Leachman

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Lucille Ball

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P.J. Johnson

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Elizabeth Warren

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Amy Winehouse

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Joan Schenkar

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Lara Phillips

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Jodie Foster

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Sarina Farhadi

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Gail Patrick

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Cecilia Roth


Edward Hopper’s usherette

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Patty Griffin

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Sareh Bayat

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Ann-Margret

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E.G. Daily and Lili Taylor

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Christine Lavin

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Karen Allen

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Debbie Reynolds

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Dava Sobel

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Agneta Kulesza and Agata Trzebokowska

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Karen Black

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Gwendolyn Brooks


Dolores Hart

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Andrea McArdle

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Catherine Deneuve

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The Gibson Girl

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Eartha Kitt

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Edie Sedgwick

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Bette Davis

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Elaine Dundy

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Anh Duong

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Haifaa al-Mansour


The Radio City Rockettes

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Ellen Burstyn

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Journalists covering a protest march

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Tana French


Julie Bovasso

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Amma Asante

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Dorothy Malone


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Thelma Ritter

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Fran Lebowitz

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Gillian Anderson

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Shirley Jackson

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Barbra Streisand

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Lorraine Hansberry

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Joan Blondell

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Bunny Yeager

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Patricia Highsmith

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Cicely Tyson

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Barbara Stanwyck


Enid Blyton

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Tiny

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Nancy Lemann

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Etta James

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Maud Gonne

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Merry Clayton

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Beulah Bondi

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Virginia Woolf

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Joan Didion

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Madeline Kahn

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Carrie Fisher

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Girls’ skateboarding club in Afghanistan

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Joan Armatrading

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Mélanie Laurent

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Diana Ross

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Jincy Willett

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Briana Buckmaster

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Sharon Olds

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Sarah Bernhardt

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Emily Dickinson

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Bettie Page

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Maggie Smith

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Beyonce

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Laurette Taylor

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Susan B. Anthony

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Both

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Anne Sexton

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Jeanne Goupil

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Abby Aldrich Rockefeller

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Chita Rivera

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Joan Acocella

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Kim Stanley

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Emily Bronte


The Shirelles

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Iman

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Stella Adler

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The Vargas girl

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Alice McDermott

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Nico

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Millie Kirkham

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Christiane Amanpour

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Anne Fadiman

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Both

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S. Epatha Merkerson

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Marlene Dietrich

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Maureen Stapleton

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Helen Mirren

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Louisa May Alcott


Agnes Moorehead

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Tennessee Williams’ sister, Rose

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Romy Schneider

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Rebekah Del Rio

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Millie Perkins

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Britney Spears

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Nancy Savoca

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Diane Keaton

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Lady Gregory

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Monica Vitti

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The Pointer Sisters

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Eleonora Duse

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Allison Anders


All of them

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Wanda Jackson

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Katherine Mansfield


Adele Astaire

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Meri Nana-Ama Danquah

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Judge Judy

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Liza Minnelli


Ann Hui

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Patty Duke

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Pauline Kael

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Maryam Shahriar

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Florence Bates

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Flannery O’Connor

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Lisa Marie Presley


Assa Sylla, Mariétou Touré, Karidja Touré, Lindsay Karamoh

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Béatrice Dalle

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Angela Lansbury

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Geraldine Page

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Amy Heckerling

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Jenjira Pongpas

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Julie Delpy

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The staff of WHER, the first female-run/female-staffed radio station. Out of Memphis. Of course. Started by Sam Phillips. Of course.

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S.E. Hinton

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Danielle Darrieux

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Margo Martindale

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Eve Arden

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Miriam Hopkins

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Kasi Lemmons

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Louise Brooks

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Jennifer Lawrence

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Ethel Waters

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Polly Platt

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Taraneh Alidoosti

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Mary Magdalene

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Judy Garland


Bette Midler

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Catherine O’Hara

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Setsuko Hara

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Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill

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Tory Christman

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Degas’ ballerinas

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Nina Hoss

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The Mitford sisters. “Love” isn’t quite the right word for my feelings about them, but I had to include them.

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Frances Farmer

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Barbara Tuchman

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Jurnee Smollett-Bell

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Jean Stapleton

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Beth Hart

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Greta Garbo

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Drew Barrymore

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Joan Fontaine

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Sister Rosetta Tharpe

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Rita Hayworth

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Annie Lennox

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Laura Harring and Naomi Watts

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Sylvia Sidney

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Aimee Mann

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Phyllis Wheatley

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Maria McKee

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Maureen O’Hara

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Virtually all women who have fun while wearing old-timey bathing suits

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Olivia de Havilland

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Kelley and Kim Deal

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Diana Vreeland


Deanie Ip

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Sylvia Beach

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Mildred Dunnock

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Big Mama Thornton

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The living girls of “Twin Peaks” and …

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The haunting dead girl of “Twin Peaks”

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Babes in Toyland

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Whitney Houston

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June Juanico

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Edith ‘Little Edie’ Bouvier Beale

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Margaret Atwood

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Lillian Gish

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These two. Photo by Walker Evans

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Agnes Varda

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Julie Dash

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Jill Clayburgh

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Irène Jacob

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Lena Horne

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Tracy Bonham

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Jennifer Saunders and Dawn French

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Katie Sarife and Joy Regullano

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Teri Garr

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Diahann Carroll

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Annie Proulx

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Octavia Spencer, plus everyone else

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Sandrine Bonnaire

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Farrah Fawcett

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Rosie Perez

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Vanessa Redgrave

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The Ronettes

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Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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Mary Astor

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Ava DuVernay

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Evelyn Nesbit

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Sonia Monzano

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Gugu Mbatha-Raw

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Jessica Chastain

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Dee Wallace

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Joan Jett

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Salma Hayek

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Eihi Shiina

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Janet Jackson

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Tura Satana

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Maria Schneider

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Elizabeth Banks

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Barbara Meek

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The Sweet Inspirations

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Lady Jane Wilde, aka “Speranza,” aka “Oscar’s mum”

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Diahnne Abbott

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Ellen Terry

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Hye-ja Kim

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Kathryn Bigelow


The Syncopated Ladies

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Lucy Ellmann

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Blythe Danner

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Cyd Charisse

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Taraji P. Henson

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Katherine Goble Johnson

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Patricia Clarkson

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Ida Lupino

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Both

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Ellen von Unwerth

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Lisa Kudrow

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Elaine Welteroth

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All of them. Sorority Sisters (Tri-Deltas), University of Texas, 1944.

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Joanne Woodward

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Dianne Wiest

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Miley Cyrus

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The Andrews Sisters

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The Puppini Sisters


Erzebet Foldi and Ann Reinking

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Jane Curtin, Laraine Newman, Gilda Radner

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Mahalia Jackson

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Lauren Hutton

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Peggy Cummins

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Kirsten Dunst

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Clara Bow

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Courtney Love

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Kay Redfield Jamison

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Elvis fans

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Michelle Rodriguez

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Allison Krauss

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Hilary Mantel

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Michelle Yeoh

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Julia Roberts

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Eileen Brennan

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Krisha Fairchild

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Ginger Rogers

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Leopoldine Konstantin

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Liv Ullmann

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Ruth Hussey

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A.S. Byatt


Ziegfeld Girls

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Shelley Winters

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Chrissy Hynde

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Sofia Coppola

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Carole Lombard

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All who serve in the armed forces

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Aretha Franklin

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Catherine Drinker Bowen

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Leah Remini

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Gloria Grahame

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Hedye Tehrani

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Mary Wickes

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The Pistol Annies

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Audra McDonald

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Jane Campion

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Faye Dunaway

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Harper Lee

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Jean Arthur

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Jeanette Winterson

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Elaine Stritch

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Julie Christie

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Mary Wollstonecraft

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Catherine Breillat

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Melissa McCarthy

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85 Responses to For Today, But Really Every Day: Ladies I Love

  1. Sheila says:

    Pastorius- thanks – yes, I know those photos.

    What does that link have to do with my post?

    • Pastorius says:

      Just wanted you to have them, if you didn’t already. I thought you’d be most likely to receive them at the top post.

  2. sheila says:

    NJ – Not sure. Looks like a costume test to me, but not sure.

    Love her!

  3. sheila says:

    Isn’t that such a great shot? I think I found that one in the NY Times interview with her, just before the film came out.

  4. sheila says:

    I can’t imagine who I would be without that book.

    Love Didion’s white tights. Like a little girl. With a poison pen!

  5. sheila says:

    That would be perfect!

  6. sheila says:

    Well, I left family members off. :) Otherwise, yeah, it’d be filled with amazing O’Malley and Sullivan women, including my sisters.

    I kept thinking of more women to throw on there and finally had to just go STOP.

    Maybe I’ll do an entirely new one next year – so many worthy awesome ladies in history !

  7. sheila says:

    God, I miss her too!

  8. sheila says:

    Heather – ha! I love that!

  9. As I scrolled (and scrolled and scrolled) tiny flashes of happy kept happening in my brain.

  10. Natalie says:

    My God. This list is amazing.

    Off the top of my head, I would add:
    Elizabeth Warren
    Malala Yousafzai
    Rosalind Franklin
    Eleanor Roosevelt
    Marie Curie
    Lucille Ball
    Pink
    Elizabeth Smart
    Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    Sonia Sotomayor (as much for this clip from Sesame Street as for her work: https://youtu.be/EHICz5MYxNQ)
    Golda Meir
    Queen Latifah
    Maya Angelou

    And if we’re including fictional characters:
    Anne Shirley
    Meg Murry
    Buffy Summers
    Matilda Wormwood
    Ramona Quimby
    Donna Noble

    I’m sure I’ll keep thinking of more. Thank you for this!

    • sheila says:

      Natalie – Bah, now I’m looking at your list and want to add them! Pink!! Ruth Ginsberg! Elizabeth Smart – good one!

      I decided to not include fictional characters except for Harriet the Spy because my God, there are so many!!

      I cosign the love you feel for Anne S, Meg Murry, good old Ramona. Maybe a Great Female Fictional Character List is in order too.

      Thanks for sharing your list!

      • Natalie says:

        :-)

        I can’t believe I added Ramona and not Beverly Cleary! (Whose response, when she was asked about recently turning 100, was, “Well, I didn’t mean to.” I love that.)

        Also, apologies for any I repeated – I tried not to put any that you had already included, but then again, Maya Angelou is certainly worth more than one mention!

        • sheila says:

          // “Well, I didn’t mean to.” //

          Ha! I hadn’t heard that. She is such a wonderful writer. Beezus!!

          There were a couple I had on the crazy huge file I set up that I forgot to put on there and then added – Hedy Lamarr and Maya too – Julie Bovasso – because … totally random, but I adore her.

          But yes, Maya is such an inspiration.

    • sheila says:

      and I hadn’t seen that Sesame Street clip. It made me want to cry.

  11. mutecypher says:

    Hedy and her invention, hell yeah!

    Sheila, what a wonderful list with a great mix of iconic and seldom seen images!

    And being a nerdboy I’ll throw in:
    Ada Lovelace
    Barbara McClintock
    Sally Ride
    Hildegard of Bingen
    (Natalie got Marie Curie and Rosalind Franklin)
    Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin
    Sofia Kovalevskaya
    Emmy Noether
    Williamina Fleming
    Rebecca Sugar
    Ursula K. Le Guin
    Connie Willis
    Anne McCaffrey
    Marguerite Duras

    Again, this is a wonderful list you’ve made. Overwhelming!

    • sheila says:

      Sally Ride! Dammit, she had been on my mind and then in compiling this list I just plain forgot about her. As with Judy Blume – someone reminded me of her below. I meant to put her on there too!

      I love how lists reveal who we are – our interests. No surprise that my list is mostly entertainers and writers – but there’s so much else out there to learn about (one of the best parts of “Hidden Figures”, for example).

      • mutecypher says:

        I haven’t seen “Hidden Figures” yet, but Williamina Fleming (if you aren’t familiar with her) had something of a similar arc. She was the maid of E. C. Pickering, the head of the Harvard College Observatory. He was often unhappy with the work of his “computers” – guys (this was in the late 1800’s). He remarked that his Scottish maid could do better work than they did. And he put that to the test. He ended up hiring a full group of female computers – with her as the lead. Williamina went on to be the first person to observe the Horsehead Nebula, among other things, and began a system of categorizing stars by the amount of hydrogen in their spectra (cool stuff, if you’re into that sort of thing).

        • sheila says:

          Mutecypher – what an amazing story, I did not know about this!

        • Lizzie says:

          I just read a play called “Silent Sky” about the Harvard Computers! The main character was Henrietta Leavitt, but Williamina Fleming was also a character.
          According to the play, Henrietta figured out how to calculate the distances between different stars (I think based on their brightness and how frequently they blinked?) The playwright, Lauren Gunderson, often writes plays about forgotten women of history–it was really cool to learn about this group of women that I had no idea existed!

      • Jessie says:

        Did You Know that Janelle Monae has a song about Sally Ride that includes the incredible line “I’m packing my spacesuit and I’m taking my shit and moving to the moon.”? Lady synergy!

        • sheila says:

          !!!! I did not know this!

          Oh, Janelle, I love you so! It’s even more perfect that there’s a scene in Hidden Figures where she and another engineer walk around a lunar space module together trying to figure out why the panels keep blowing off during tests.

          Talk about synergy! I have goosebumps!!

          • Jessie says:

            Monae is perfection!I can’t wait to see Hidden Figures.

          • sheila says:

            I cannot tell you how thrilled I am that the film got an Oscar nom for its screenplay. I don’t invest in the Oscars the way other critics do – nobody’s “snubbed” or “robbed” or any of the rest. But sometimes something comes along where you think, “I just hope that people GET how good this is.” Watching Hidden Figures was one of those times I thought that, and it was about the screenplay in particular. Because without that – the movie could have suuuuucked. They did it right. They made no mistakes.

            So I am very happy it got acknowledged for that.

        • mutecypher says:

          Jessie – That is an awesome song.

    • Natalie says:

      //(Natalie got Marie Curie and Rosalind Franklin)//

      It still makes me mad – twenty years later – that at my ALL GIRLS high school, we didn’t learn anything about Franklin’s contributions to molecular biology. It was ALL about Watson and Crick.

      • mutecypher says:

        If you’ve read The Double Helix, it’s gobsmacking how ambitious Watson and Crick were. They just had to beat Pauling (no second Nobel in Chemistry for him!). And it’s shameful that they used Franklin’s (then) unpublished work without her consent or attribution. After her death, Watson acknowledged that he had been intimidated by her and didn’t understand her. Crick and Watson were brilliant guys, but Franklin’s data was crucial, and her insights about the double helix were deeper than theirs at the time.

      • sheila says:

        Omissions like that are just enraging. I think those wrongs have started (slowly) to be righted. I know I keep talking about Hidden Figures – but the success of that film and the book (financially) seems hugely important – it would be criminal and stupid now to ignore that part of the story in any teachings moving forward. ALSO it’s yet another great “way in” to an already great story that everyone basically is already excited about – I mean, who doesn’t like astronauts and rocket ships and John Glenn?

  12. Audrey says:

    I love this post. There are entirely too many women listed with whom I’m unfamiliar, which means research and educating myself, which is always fun. Love it, love it, love it.

    Side note: I’m very glad Kristen Stewart was included. Her work in “Camp X-Ray” and “Clouds of Sils Maria” alone sets her apart and I’m super glad you’ve taken notice. ALSO praise hands for the inclusion of Edna St. Vincent Millay, Margaret Atwood, and Mary Oliver!

    … Second side note: Seeing Katie Sarife and Joy Regullano here made me smile so big. What a great post.

    • sheila says:

      Audrey – I love coming across things/people I’ve never heard of too and researching them. It’s such an enriching experience.

      and in my humble opinion, Kristen Stewart is the best thing going right now. Practically hands down. She is MAJOR. Her next movie hasn’t opened yet but it’s amazing – I would have put it on my Best of 2016 list if it had opened in time – it’s Olivier Assayas’ next movie – and second collaboration with Stewart after Clouds of Sils Maria (which I so agree with you – amazing work from her) – anyway, the new movie is called Personal Shopper. She’s incredible.

      Glad to see another Mary Oliver fan! Boy have her poems helped get me through some rough times.

      // Seeing Katie Sarife and Joy Regullano here made me smile so big.//

      I just love them both so much!! They are so in sync, such a partnership – just FABULOUS!!

      • Audrey says:

        I read somewhere that “Personal Shopper” got booed at Cannes, which means I must watch it, on top of your praise and Kristen Stewart’s involvement. Very excited!

        Mary Oliver’s “Blue Horses” is my favorite book of poems. Absolutely amazing. I also own her guide to writing poetry, along with y’know some wishful thinking.

        Agreed!!

        • sheila says:

          I don’t have Oliver’s guide to writing poetry – I should check that out!

          I can’t believe Personal Shopper was booed at Cannes. Cannes is so weird that way! It’s fantastic – and extremely spooky. Stewart is 100% believable.

          It’s funny – I just interviewed someone from the Actors Studio for a piece I’m working on – this is a man I’ve known for 20 years. I studied with him for many years. and he raved about Kristen Stewart. This is a man who worked with Maureen Stapleton and Geraldine Page, who knew Brando and Dean (he’s 81 years old) – and he said he’s more excited about Kristen Stewart than he’s been about anyone else in a long long time.

          I was like, “RIGHT??”

          • Audrey says:

            “Rules for the Dance”, it’s all about writing meter and verse. I actually had to buy it for a class and am glad I did!

            That’s awesome! That guy sounds like he’s an amazing interview. The fact that people are celebrating her and embracing her work just makes me happy. I’m still not over “Clouds of Sils Maria”, it’s one of my favorite movies of all time. If her performance is anything like that in “Personal Shopper”, then heeeeeeeell yes!

          • sheila says:

            // I’m still not over “Clouds of Sils Maria”, //

            I know. That movie haunts me.

          • sheila says:

            Personal Shopper has some similarities – which are fascinating, considering it’s the same director. He seems to be working something out, in his love for Stewart – he seems to like seeing her in a more submissive role, a highly capable woman who is a sidekick to someone much more powerful – an employee, in other words. A woman working for another woman who has enormous power and charisma.

            I was truly freaked out by Personal Shopper – and the whole thing is grounded by Stewart’s performance. She’s so damn good.

  13. Jessie says:

    Thank you. Sorely needed.

  14. shahn says:

    …and the most influential woman in my life, Judy Blume.
    Thank you for this.

  15. Bethany says:

    Thank you, Sheila. This was glorious.

  16. Debra T. says:

    As I was scrolling down I kept thinking will she be on it..and she would be. Over and Over.
    Thanks

  17. Brooke A L says:

    This list is INSANE!! I was just happy to see Dietrich and Paglia but I kept thinking, “I wonder if she added so and so…” and you did! Setsuko Hara (in Late Spring no less) and Jean Stapleton!!! There are so many great photos in here. I love the one of Liz playing pool, Viola Davis, Diane Arbus, Jane Fonda, I LOVE the Lauren Bacall photo on the cover of Harper’s. Stunning. Love the Charlize Mad Max gif and the Gilda gif! I FINALLY saw Gilda this past week… not at a theatre but on a big screen at a bar. I asked my friend if it was the Criterion release (it was), and I looked in the booklet just to say, “Sheila O’Malley wrote this!”. You must be so proud. Gilda is something else. Hayworth is a goddamn force.

    • sheila says:

      Setsuko Hara! I just love her so much. and Jean Stapleton!!! Yes! I just did another Criterion booklet for the movie Something Wild – and Jean Stapleton has a small role as the boozy prostitute who lives next door. Pre-All in the Family. She’s fantastic! SUCH a good actress!!

      I am so excited you just saw Gilda!!

      I was super proud to write thatGilda essay. It’s a pretty crowded field of writers in film noir. and I was happy that they “let me” focus a lot on Hayworth’s star power – and what she brought to it (which was mainly everything. Imagine that movie without her. ??? Not possible!)

      Thank you for your enthusiasm. This really was fun to put together. and finding the pics even funner. I had never seen the Tilda gif before – or the one of Liz playing pool!

      • sheila says:

        also, how ENRAGED does Paglia look in that pic?? It kills me!!

        • Brooke A L says:

          She looks so scary!! That’s what I meant when I told you on another post that she looked so intimidating to me… until I saw her in interviews where she seems totally different.

          Yes, Gilda. My god. Hayworth. She is stellar from beginning to end, but she goes sooo far across the line in that film. The “Who put the blame on mame” bit at the end is unlike anything I’ve seen, at least at that time. She just lets it rip and doesn’t give a shit. Her performance is dangerous because of that, and like some weird, sad celebration? I don’t even know how to describe it. Like a descent or a free fall into something very dark and magical. It’s such a bizarre film, a really odd noir.

          Setsuko Hara in Late Spring. Her performance haunts me. It’s one that has marked me (Lynn Carlin is another one. But FACES is a whole other story, another one that haunts me). I’m almost traumatized by it. And Jean Stapleton. I honestly haven’t seen her in anything besides AITF, which is a shame, and I need to rectify that. But I LOVE AITF, I have since I was a teenager, and through my twenties, but in the last year or so it has really dawned on me how exceptional it was – the writing, the acting, the relationships and how they dealt with race, class, and all the isms with humour, complexity, and depth. Every episode she just goes beyond, but there’s one where, when I even just think about it for a second, I start to cry. In the span of a minute or so where she starts and ends in the performance blows my mind every time. She was extraordinary as Edith. When Norman Lear was struggling with the idea of killing off the character, Jean said to him that she was “just a character”, and he said, “not to me she isn’t”. There you go. I know how he felt.

          • sheila says:

            Brooke:

            // Her performance is dangerous because of that, and like some weird, sad celebration? //

            God, I know. Just an unforgettable scene. I think I wrote in my piece that that scene is super sexy – but also tragic – especially when she invites all the men up onstage to unzip her dress. This is 1946. It’s a commentary on what’s REALLY going on – kind of the ugly underbelly of what she represented. I don’t know how the hell she pulled that off.

            So fascinating that you put Setsuko Hara and Lynn Carlin together – I am also haunted by both of them and those two performances in particular. The fact that Carlin was a secretary? a PREGNANT secretary? and Cassavetes liked her so gave her that part and then she’s THAT good? and painful? Amazing.

            I so agree with you about All in the Family. I watch episodes now and it feels so DANGEROUS. Like, it just could not be done now. I mean, South Park gets away with that kind of vicious satirical commentary – but it’s not the same thing at all. I mean, people are fired or suspended for making a bad joke on Twitter. and something about All in the Family – just puts it all OUT there, to discuss, make fun of, criticize – It was just such an extraordinary show.

            and she is so brilliant. She could make you howl with laughter and also break your heart. The scene where she has to tell Archie that she was almost raped – I mean, I have goosebumps just thinking about it. His work, too. I mean, who was more brilliant than him?

            It’s an acting FEAST, that show.

  18. Pat says:

    I was so happy to see Edie Sedgwick on this list – I read her biography (by Jean Stein) in my early 20’s and became obsessed with her and the time period when she was happening.

    • sheila says:

      Pat – I had a similar experience with Edie Sedgwick! I love that you did too!

      I read that Jean Stein book in my senior year in high school and became completely obsessed. She just had that “It” factor. You can tell.

  19. Barb says:

    Overwhelming list, it’s just amazing! I love the way you’ve put the images together, so that some of them comment on each other across time. Goldie Hawn to Cyndi Lauper, for example.

    To add? Melinda Dillon? Jennifer Jason Leigh and Phoebe Cates? Patsy Cline? June Carter Cash? Esther Rolle? Alison Blechdel? Joelle Carter? Nichelle Nichols?

    Concidentally, I stayed up way too late last night watching Jackie Brown, maybe my favorite Tarantino flick, so I was drawn to Pam Grier’s gif in your list! All those tight close ups of Jackie’s face, the way she smokes, the way she seems to let her guard down listening to the Delphonics – man alive! I could watch that movie with the sound off and just stare at her.

    • sheila says:

      Barb – thank you for noticing my truly obsessive photo-placement. There was a method to my madness. (“Okay, so I need to put the three similar poses together where the girls are wearing saddle/tennis shoes …” I mean, it got to that level). But it was fun!

      Phoebe Cates!!! Patsy Cline! Esther Rolle! Yes!!

      I definitely should have done the Carter family girls! – and I just heard the sad news that Maggie Roche died – and I haven’t thought of the Roches in years but we were really into them in college. Do you remember them? If I ever add to this list, they will be on it.

      and oh man, Jackie Brown. You can just tell how in awe Tarantino is of her in the way he films her. Which is just as it should be.

      There’s a great anecdote in a book about Cary Grant. He had seen Pam Grier in one of her big blaxploitation movies and became totally obsessed with her. He saw Foxy Brown multiple times, and he would say to his assistant, or his chauffeur, whoever it was who was coming with him to the theatre – “Come along now, we can’t keep Miss Grier waiting.”

      I just find that so charming and beautiful.

      As my friend Felicia says, “Game recognizes game.”

      • Barb says:

        I do remember The Roches – I’m sorry to hear that, too. I was just trying to remember the movie soundtrack they did, so I looked it up. Crossing Delancy, which I remember liking. Didn’t they do a sort of wordless harmony for that?

        And absolutely, it would never do to keep Miss Grier waiting! I love that story!

        • sheila says:

          Isn’t that the best? Miss Grier!!

          Oh yeah – Crossing Delancey! It’s been years since I’ve seen it and I totally forgot that they did the soundtrack.

  20. Old Timey says:

    Wonderful list. I have much historical reading ahead of me! Please keep updating the list as this could be a very valuable website for starting educational discussions!

    May I be so bold as to ask you to post the following?
    Joan of Arc
    Mother Theresa
    Mary Stuart aka Mary Queen of Scots
    Linda Hamilton
    Oprah Winfrey
    Madonna
    Lady Gaga

    • sheila says:

      “Old Timey” –

      // May I be so bold as to ask you to post the following?// It’s not that kind of list. It’s not put together by a group. It is a list put together by me. There are a couple of people on your list that I would never ever include on my own. So no, those names don’t belong on mine. But thank you for sharing yours!

  21. Nicola says:

    I’ve gone over this list a few times now. Hot damn, I’m fired up. This weekend has been amazing even from my outside the US point of view.

    And as always, super stoked to see Kristen Stewart. She’s pretty much my favourite anything right now. She was just at Sundance promoting a short she wrote and directed. So excited for any new work she’s putting out. (Also spoke about Trump’s bizarre obsession with her a few years back. *shudders*)

    I think I’ll do a list of my own tomorrow.

    • sheila says:

      // This weekend has been amazing even from my outside the US point of view. //

      I know we are all so deeply FUCKED here right now but I will say that seeing protests going on all over the damn world – even the 30 people marching in Antarctica – was seriously healing. Not like “Oh okay great we’re fine now” – but like : hopeful. In a BIG way.

      // She’s pretty much my favourite anything right now. //

      Me too. She’s the bee’s knees. Personal Shopper is SO good – I can’t wait to discuss it once it comes out.

      Please share your list if you feel like it!

      • Nicola says:

        Kristen Stewart
        Elizabeth Warren
        Elizabeth Gaskell
        Michelle Obama
        Meryl Streep
        Etta James
        Patti Smith
        Tina Fey
        Charlotte Brontë
        Tilda Swinton
        FKA twigs
        Viola Davis
        Dakota Johnson
        Marion Cotillard
        Sofia Coppola
        Emma Stone
        Joan Jett
        Lorde
        Nina Simone
        Sarah Paulson
        St. Vincent
        Tavi Gevinson
        Miley Cyrus
        Brie Larson
        Missy Elliott
        Mindy Kaling
        Katy Perry
        Louisa May Alcott
        Katharine Hepburn
        Kate McKinnon
        Maya Rudolph
        Julie Andrews
        Deborah Kerr
        Scarlett Johansson
        Carrie Fisher
        Jennifer Lawrence
        Aretha Franklin
        Emma Thompson
        Everybody who participated in the Women’s march
        You

        I had to stop myself.

        • sheila says:

          Aw, your last entry really touched me – thank you!

          Brie Larson! St. Vincent! I love them!

          It’s interesting you mention Dakota Johnson – I’m reviewing Fifty Shades Darker – which comes out next month. I never saw Fifty Shades of Grey so I just watched it a couple of days ago.

          Jamie Dornan, first of all, was so good in The Fall – which I just binge-watched last month – so I enjoyed watching him work, although the character he played in The Fall was far more interesting. But what was so interesting to me about Dakota Johnson is that despite the material – I mean, honestly, the movie is pretty bad – her sense of humor canNOT be repressed. I was very impressed by that. I have no idea who she is as a person – I loved her in Bigger Splash – but there, she had a good script to deal with. It’s very telling when an actress can survive a BAD script. Anyone can be good with a good script. She has one moment in 50 Shades where she’s drunk and she calls up Mr. Grey from a nightclub. He says something to her, and she says, “You hit the hail on the ned!” One of those moments in life that we all have where you say the wrong words or mix something up – and she did it so naturally that it looked real. It didn’t seem like a forced joke. It just seemed like she was drunk and trying to say something and couldn’t get it out.

          Also: to maintain your natural sense of humor in a dreary film like that – where your character is not written to be funny at ALL – is no small thing!! She’s kind of riveting.

          • Nicola says:

            THIS IS WHY I LOVE HER.

            Honestly, I watched the movie with my girlfriends and we had fun. But it was so embarrassing. And not any of the sex. But she is such a revelation. Her charm (SO reminiscent of her mom’s) is so natural. Her sense of humour.. Honestly, I think she’s such a great comedic actress. She was so lovely in HOW TO BE SINGLE, too. I’m pretty much going to follow her wherever she goes. I cannot rave enough about her.

            Also, I really don’t want you to think my last entry isn’t sincere. I started reading your blog years ago now and it means so much to me. I reference it ALL the time. Thank YOU!

          • sheila says:

            Nicola – I love to hear your thoughts on Dakota Johnson! And she was so DIFFERENT in A Bigger Splash – like, polar opposite. A manipulative nymphet. :) But equally convincing.

            Honestly, her sense of humor saved 50 Shades. Even in these big serious sex moments – there’s one in particular, and I can’t remember what he’s doing to her -but she literally bursts out laughing.

            It looked real. And the director was smart enough to include it. Because otherwise …

            I worry about young actresses. I don’t worry about her. Which is very cool.

            I don’t know if I’m looking FORWARD to 50 Shades Darker, but I will definitely be keeping my eyes peeled for her flashes of humor – it needs to be acknowledged for the gift that it is!!

            I so enjoy your comments here. Everyone who comments regularly adds to my feeling that keeping this thing going is well worth the time/effort – because it’s a place to hang out and discuss and go back and forth – and those places feel more and more precious now, considering the mood in the world.

            So thank you again.

  22. Amy says:

    Tina Fey
    Tracee Ellis-Ross
    Georgia O’Keefe
    Carole King
    Stockard Channing
    Julia Child

    • sheila says:

      Ooh, these are good ones! Stockard Channing! YES!

      I am not familiar with Tracee Ellis-Ross’ work – I haven’t seen the shows she’s been on. She looks like a very interesting woman.

  23. Clary says:

    Hi Sheila
    What a post!! Love it! I must begin reading about many of them! So many different women, so many options!
    I would add Wisława Szymborska, her poem The End and the Beginning makes me think after Syria’s war, there will be women cleaning right now:
    After every war
    someone has to clean up.
    Things won’t
    straighten themselves up, after all.

  24. Peter D says:

    Thanks for the great list. Noticed a typo – it is Ana Lily Amirpour, not Amarpour. Watched A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night again over the weekend. A dream I didn’t want to wake up from.

  25. sheila says:

    I wish I had included Colleen Doran! I love her artwork – her blog – her Twitter presence – she’s TOUGH. The shit she has had to deal with. I really admire her!

  26. Peter says:

    Great list. I feel to google all women in this list who I don’t know.
    My two favorites are Britney Spears and Edith Head! I miss Janis Joplin though.

    • sheila says:

      Have fun Googling!

      I have always been a fan of Brit-Brit from Day One! I really like her latest album too!

      And – sadly – I’m not a fan of Janis. I appreciate her contributions to music and her stature, but she’s just not my thing. I’m glad she’s yours, though!

  27. Mancuso says:

    By the time I got to Nina Simone I was bawling. Bawling. And I’m a 50-year old straight white guy. This list is just magic.

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