Kathleen Collins deserves respect for managing to produce her feature film Losing Ground even before you consider that she achieved this in 1982 as an independent filmmaker. But what earns her place in history is that when she wrote and directed Losing Ground, she was one of the first African-American women to produce a feature length drama.
Sometimes, a director makes a film that becomes engrained in the culture of a generation. It affects the slang, the fashion, and the attitude of popular culture. They launch superstar careers, images from the film become iconic, and scenes are parodied for decades to come. And in very rare cases, one director manages to repeat this feat. Amy Heckerling is one of those rare cases.
Called a Rock ‘n Roll Anthropologist screenwriter, producer, and director Penelope Spheeris has spent much of her career delving into the world of the social outsider.
You are likely familiar with the name Ava DuVernay. As a filmmaker, she’s repeatedly made history as the first African-American woman to be nominated for and win multiple top awards. Her career has ranged through both fiction and documentary, and many different facets of the production process including writing, directing, and producing.
As a screenwriter and director, I’ve been inspired by many of the women we’re going to feature this year. But our first episode focuses on someone who was a role model for me and many others on so many levels. This week, I want to honor Carrie Fisher for her work as a screenwriter who used her gift for comedy and witty dialogue to flavor her sharp observations of the world around her.
Inspired by pioneers like Sally Ride and Mae Jemison, many young women are hoping to be chosen for that mission. Three of those hopefuls are Alyssa Carson, Abby Harrison, and Taylor Richardson.
Yvonne Brill wanted to study engineering but had to settle for science and mathematics as the dean wouldn’t allow women in that department-but that didn’t stop her from becoming one of the world’s leading designers of jet propulsion systems.
Biochemist Ruby Hirose made major contributions to the development of vaccines against infantile paralysis and found a way to improve the pollen extracts that help sufferers of hay fever.
Mary Sherman Morgan is said to have single handedly saved the US Space Program – but most people had no idea they work she did – including her own son who turned her story into a play and then a biography, Rocket Girl.
As a leader in the field of head and lung trauma and their impact on the human body, Dr. Susan Margulies is making great strides in understanding how our bodies respond to trauma.
The author of over 100 peer reviewed scientific papers and 10 books on forest conservation, Dr. Margaret Lowman has earned her title as Canopy Meg.
Dr. Mary Letitia Caldwell was the first female member of the senior faculty in chemistry at Columbia University, and developed a method for isolating crystalline pancreatic enzymes.