FEMINIST FRIDAY

If you ever have had the chance to see a matinee of a Broadway show, then you know what a maelstrom of traffic appears in the area after the shows finish.  One of my favorite things to do is to wait out the storm of traffic over a drink at the Algonquin Hotel.  The bar area has an old New York charm and is the home of the famous Algonquin Round Table.  The Table was started by a very quick witted and acerbic woman named Dorothy Parker.  Dorothy is remembered for her sharp humor and her membership of this group of writers.  It was her birthday this week and I decided to learn more about her.  I was surprised and pleased to read how multifaceted her talent was and also what a humanitarian she was.  What follows is a salute to Dorothy Parker’s humanitarian work:

Remembering Dorothy Parker, Quip Queen And NAACP Ally

On August 22, 1893, the celebrated author, humorist and cultural critic Dorothy Parker was born. She died at age 73 after a lifetime of writing witty, biting work.

“Of course I talk to myself. I like a good speaker, and I appreciate an intelligent audience,” she famously wrote.

Parker, who lived with her finger pressed to the pulse of the cultural zeitgeist, was a social justice activist before social justice activism was popular. From encouraging the underpaid, overworked Waldorf Astoria waiters to walk out and strike to her arrest at a protest for what she believed was the wrongful murder conviction of anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, she was vocal and unstinting in her defense of the beleaguered.

Parker’s gravestone in Baltimore reads, “Here lie the ashes of Dorothy Parker (1893-1967), humorist, writer, critic, defender of human and civil rights.” The memorial garden near her grave is dedicated to the “oneness of humankind and to the bones of everlasting friendship between Black and Jewish people.”

The half-Jewish writer, who passed away widowed and childless, left a clause in her will stating that she would like any royalties she earned to go to Martin Luther King Jr. and, following his death, for her estate to pass to the NAACP. When Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated the year after Parker’s own death, the NAACP was supposed to receive control of her estate.

Yet Parker’s act surprised her friends, especially her estate’s executor, playwright Lillian Hellman. Hellman was unimpressed with Martin Luther King Jr, considering him arrogant, and she contested the will, spending years complicating access to Parker’s work and royalties.

Ultimately Hellman’s fight would be resolved as a odd historical footnote.

But Dorothy Parker’s posthumous generosity has gained a new relevance for contemporary Americans.

Her posthumous support of the Civil Rights Movement is a prime example of how to be an ally. Parker used her legacy not to celebrate herself, but to provide funds for others to live better lives. Instead of falling into the usual pitfalls, Parker understood that being an ally for the marginalized meant joining in, even when the conversation was not about her.

 

DOROTHY PARKER YOU ROCK!

I invite you to share a link to your story of an inspiring woman.

FEMINIST FRIDAY

Today I would like  to continue celebrating National Writing Day by sharing with you some wonderful writers that it  has been my pleasure to meet through writing my blog.

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D. Wallace Peach (Dianne) specializes in writing fantasy that will transport you to a different time and place.  Her blog site is Myths of the Mirror and she can be found at http://www.mythofthemirror.com.

 

 

 


brigid-gallagher

Brigid P. Gallagher is a holistic practitioner who writes about “life lessons in being slow” and soon will publish a book filled with these lessons. She can be found at Watching the Daisies, http://www.watchingthedaisies.com.

 

 

 

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Osyth takes beautiful photographs and spins interesting yarns.  She can be found at Half Baked in Paradise, http://www.osyth.org.

 

judy

Judy Dykstra-Brown writes a blog titled Life Lesson and she can be found at http://www.judydystrabrown.com.  You are sure to enjoy her gorgeous photography and her funny and quick witted poetry.

 

lynz

Lyn from Lynz Real Cooking, http://www.lynzrealcooking.com, writes about recipes and her life in Saudi Arabia.  She is currently working on a memoir about her life in Saudi Arabia. Her photographs of the Palouse are not to be missed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

stevie

Stevie Turner, Indie Author, http://www.steviet3.wordpress.com, has written several books that deal with the dark sides of relations but with a delightful twist of humor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

jackiJacqueline Obyikocha can be found at A Cooking Pot and Twisted Tales,http://www.acookingpotandtwistedtales.com, where she rights with humor and sincerity about the human condition.

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If you want to laugh out loud read anything written by Linda Swain Bethea at Nuts Rok, http://www.nutsrok.wordpress.com.

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Diane at Ladies Who Lunch Reviews, http://www.ladieswholunchreviews.wordpress.com, writes with a great deal of heart and humor on a variety of topics.

 

joan-needy

Jo at Joanneeddy’s Blog, http://www.joanneeddy.com, takes everyday issues and examines them with heart and with insight.

ellen

Ellen at Ellen Best, http://www.ellenbest24.wordpress.com, writes with sparkle and originality when she isn’t working on her book.

annika-perry

Annika Perry is in the process of editing her book and still finds the time to write very insightful book reviews and as well as marvelous creative blog post.  She can be found at Annika Perry’s Writing Blog, http://www.annikaperry.wordpress.com.

ladybug

Bridget at the NonSmoking Ladybug, http://www.nonsmokingladybug.wordpress.com, writes about many different thing but one subject that is very contemporary right now is her experience in the United States as an immigrant.

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Linda at the Spiritual Dragonfly, http://www.spiritualdragonfly.com, writes very heartfelt and meaningful posts about rebuilding her life after abuse.  She post gorgeous photos taken during her morning walks.  I am sad to report that Linda lost her husband last Friday.  Linda, I am sending you love.

maria

Maria Holm writes at Health From One Heart to Another, http://www.mariahome51.com.  Maria has a very varied blog.  She writes on topics concerning nursing care for children as well as historical stories about Denmark accompanied by superb photographs.

dianne-dahli

My friend Diane Dahli writes at Still the Lucky Few, http://www.stilltheluckyfew.com.  Diane writes about issues dealing with aging and agism.  She is writing and posting a flawlessly written piece of fiction about a young woman coming of age in Canada.

tara

Tara Smith, when she is not busy teaching, writes  beautiful thoughtful posts about her life as a teacher and her summer home in New York.  She can be found at A Teaching Life, http://www.ateachinglifedotcom.wordpress,com.

elsie

Lee teaches PD with the Missouri Reading Initiative and writes straight from her heart about the everyday and accompanies her post with brilliant photography.  She can be found at Elsie Tries Writing, http://www.lcinmo.wordpress.com

These women writers have been with me since the first days of my blog and have offered constant encouragement.  There are very, very many superbly talented women writers that I have discovered since I started blogging.  Unfortunately, I have run out of time to name and acknowledge you all.  Please feel free to introduce yourselves and your blogs and maybe acknowledge your favorite women writers and their web address in the comments section.

women-writersWOMEN WRITERS ROCK!

Thanks for stopping by,

bernadette