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Remembering the Legacy and Passion of Abigail Adams

SWAN Day is right around the corner, a day dedicated to supporting women artists and recognizing the too-often-unrecognized impact of women in society. In celebration of SWAN Day, we’re taking the opportunity to appreciate one of our country’s oldest supporters of women, Abigail Adams, who even in the 1700s was imploring men to “Remember the Ladies.”read more.

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Marion Turner’s ‘Wife of Bath’ is a Delight for Modern Women

In my sophomore year of high school, I fell madly in love. I first met this object of my affection on a normal Tuesday afternoon. Arriving to English early, I found single pieces of white paper, still hot from the photocopier, already waiting on each desk in the classroom. The front of each page held a solitary figure: a small drawing of a woman atop a horse, dressed in red and blue garments, a whip clasped tightly in her hand.read more.

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Gail Papp, the Woman Behind The Public Theater’s Play Development

In her recently released memoir Public/Private: My Life with Joe Papp at The Public Theater, author Gail Merrifield Papp spends her time chronicling her professional and personal relationship with New York theater legend, Joseph “Joe” Papp. Joe Papp is best known as the founder of both Shakespeare in the Park and The Public Theater (a theater downtown from Broadway that has been the birthplace of remarkable shows from Hair to Hamilton).read more.

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Imani Perry, 2023 MacArthur Fellow, Writes for Reckoning

The American South is known for being central to U.S. culture, particularly Black American culture. Some of the most significant American literature has been centered around Black American women and their voices and how their experiences have shaped our country. Alice Walker’s The Color Purple is considered a literary great due to its depiction of Black women and how it challenges the stereotype of the “strong Black woman,” it shows how there is strength in vulnerability and sisterhood. read more.

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Screenwriter Gillian Flynn: Mastermind of Mystery

On this day in 2018, Widows was released in theaters. A gripping crime thriller about a group of widows avenging the murders of their husbands, Widows is the work of the thriller mastermind herself, Gillian Flynn. 

Gillian Flynn is a contemporary American author and screenwriter renowned for her gripping psychological thrillers, always with compelling and complex female leads.read more.

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Ada Limón, 2023 MacArthur Fellow, Captures the World in Verse

Ada Limón was once the self-proclaimed “kid that stared out the window and looked at trees when [she] should have been paying attention to the teacher.” Now, she’s a 2023 MacArthur Fellow. She credits this transition to the very same tenets of her personality that informed her early preoccupation with nature.read more.

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