Mary Ann Evans, who wrote under the pen name “George Eliot,” was a Victorian writer known for her novels’ realism and political themes. She wrote under a male pen name so that her novels would be taken seriously and judged separately from her critical work.
The iconic Frida Kahlo is one of Mexico’s most famous artists and a favorite of the feminist movement. Her surreal, yet highly personal self-portraits told the story of a life fraught with illness, heartbreak, and political strife.
Mary Pickford was an actress and producer known as “America’s Sweetheart” (despite being Canadian). She was also a founder of United Artists and one of the 36 original members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. You know, that cute little operation that gives out the Oscars every year.
So, I’m in yet another airport post-security waiting lounge, frustrated by the complicated, infuriating process that has become air travel, looking for something to read until I board, and the bright-red cover of Vanity Fair magazine’s April 2016 special “Sisters” issue grabs my attention. On the cover is an amazing glamour-girl photo by Annie Leibovitz of Amy Schumer.