Why We Vote: Women’s Issues

In this final week of campaigning, we’re exploring the ideals that send us to the voting booth and help us make these vital choices.  Verify your registration and find out where to vote here!

Women in this country have been fighting for the right to vote since the 1840’s, and were finally granted it in 1920 with the nineteenth amendment to the constitution.  Less that one hundred years later, we may elect our first woman president.

Women’s issues have not played a major role in this election cycle (unless of course you consider the issues surrounding a major candidate being a woman), but they have been a consistent point of contention since the mid-twentieth century.  In this post, we hear from three women working to make our country a better place for women.

Gloria Steinem joins Studs on the tenth anniversary of Ms. Magazine (1982); in 1970, Judy Collins stops by after a Ravinia concert to talk about her work with the Illinois Citizens for the Medical Control of Abortion (about 20 minutes into the interview); and finally we hear from Nora Ephron on her book Crazy Salad (1975).

But first, check out Blank on Blank‘s animated adaptation of some funny and insightful moments in Nora Ephron’s interview.

Photo credit: By K. Kendall [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons, https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b5/National_Women%27s_Day.jpg

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New Nora Ephron animation from Blank on Blank

We’re very pleased to be partnering (once again) with the fabulous team at Blank on Blank!  This time, they’ve used selections from Studs Terkel’s 1975 interview with Nora Ephron, in which they discuss her book Crazy Salad.

Hear the complete interview:

For the first time, we are able to make an interactive transcript of the interview available.  Click here to open the transcript, then highlight your favorite parts to share them on Twitter!  (This works best in Chrome.)  This interactive transcript is one of the features provided by Trint, and our partnership with them is made possible through the generosity of our Kickstarter backers.

Want more Blank on Blank?  Check out Studs and Buckminster Fuller, Studs and Hunter S. Thompson, and Studs and Maya Angelou.

And that article, “A Few Words About Breasts” – read it here.


Crazy Salad And Other Ponderings From Nora Ephron

Writer Nora Ephron Portrait Session

Today we celebrate the birthday of Nora Ephron, distinguished journalist, author, columnist, screenwriter, playwright, producer, director, blogger and overall wit. Although she died in 2012 her legacy lives on in such films as When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless In Seattle and You’ve Got Mail. She was nominated for Oscars and Tony’s and co-authored the Drama Desk Award winning play Love, Loss, and What I Wore. Those are the well-known facts about her, but early in her career she was a journalist and well-known feminist. Studs interviewed her in March, 1975 when her book Crazy Salad was published. A collection of essays about what women want, from her work as an essayist at Esquire magazine, it serves as a launching point for a discussion that ranges from feminism to feminine hygiene products, Dorothy Parker, women criticizing women, Israel and even the Loud Family documentary.

When these two giants of journalism and human observation get together nothing is off-limits. With stories both humorous and sad, Nora perfectly encapsulates the ambivalence of being a woman when it comes to navigating the world in 1975 and today.

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