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- •Am I as funny as everyone else?
- •That's pretty much it!
- •My book is imminently due to my publisher.
- •Actually, my book is late, but I never had enough money to do it full time, ao they are being really nice about it?
- •Still, I feel self-conscious being on Twitter, where my editors can see me and assume I'm procrastinating.
It's downright terrifying how many women's stories are in danger of being forgotten entirely, thanks to centuries of men writing themselves into the center of history. Here are four women (three dead, one still living) whose lives don't garner the attention they deserve. My queendom for biopics of these dames!
- •Helen Thayer, the first woman to travel solo to the North Pole. A kiwi who grew up near Sir Edmund Hillary. Has also walked across the Gobi desert solo. Never been profiled by a major magazine, although she has written books that are bestsellers. If a man dos half the things she's done he'd be a household name.
- •Zitkala-Ša, a member of the Sioux Nation, who was a virtuoso with the violin but later turned to writing for a living. She contributed articles to the Atlantic and Harper's on Native American life and culture, in which you can feel how keenly she felt to pressure to assimilate. She also wrote an opera. Someone, please, make a movie about her.
- •Jean Stafford, an acclaimed short story writer. Married the confessional poet Robert Lowell in her early 20s. He crashed the couple's car, disfiguring her. She wrote an incandescent story about the experience, called The Interior Castle. Subsequently became a drunk, and dropped off the map. Not widely read now.
- •Anita Thompson Reynolds, a Harlem girl-about-town in the 1920s whose beauty was legendary. Worked as a fashion model for Chanel and palled around with artists on the Left Bank like Man Ray and Hollywood types like Chaplin. Wrote her own autobiography called American Cocktail: A "Colored" Girl in the World.