More than forty years after the first woman took the controls of a commercial aeroplane, passengers still react with surprise when they see a female sitting in the captain’s seat.
My first Calla Lily post about Diana Athill was in December, 2014, when she spoke about becoming the oldest winner of a Costa Book Award and working in publishing for 50 years with authors like Norman Mailer, Margaret Atwood and Philip Roth.
The British literary legend is currently writing a future volume of memoir to be published just in time for her ninety-ninth birthday.
The third of 12 children, she was born in 1898 in eastern Georgia and grew up on a farm learning to tend to plants and wanting to heal animals.
She earned a bachelor’s degree from Georgia’s Tift College in 1922 and taught high school science before enrolling at the Medical College of Georgia in 1924. She was the only woman in a class of 52 students.
She has been a feminist and lesbian activist for years. For the past 3 decades she immersed herself in abstract expressionism where few women have been accepted into the circle of men and most were not recognized until their death.
Born in Philadelphia, Pa. in 1939, Louise Fishman lives and works in New York. She grew up with the dream of playing basketball.
EDWINA SANDYS: Granddaughter of Winston Churchill. A stunning redheaded wild woman with an intellect, a brilliant artist, and my former neighbour.
I used to live on an ocean block in Palm Beach, Florida.