In this week’s Wednesday 5, a symphony of tributes to Sylvia Plath; essays by female writers everyone should read; the One Billion Rising movement aims to combat violence against women; Women’s Voices celebrates Valentine’s Day; and director Ava DuVernay creates beauty once again.



Remembering Sylvia Plath

220px-Sylvia_plathAround the Web this week are many tributes to the famed poet Sylvia Plath on the 50th anniversary of her death. The volume of articles on her life, work, and family are wonderful to see, considering that at the time of her death in 1963, there were very few obituaries on the writer. It is clear—from a resurgence of critical attention to her work to, variously, rereadings of her poems to in-depth discussions about the “absence of love” in her family life to the feminism in her work to labels of her as the “Marilyn Monroe of the literary world” to unpacking the poet’s tragic last days—that our fascination with this woman lives on.

(Sylvia Plath in 1957. Image via Wikimedia Commons)





Essays by Female Writers Whom Everyone Should Read

Speaking of phenomenal writing by women, Flavorwire has put together a list of 17 must-read essays penned by a diverse collection of women writers such as Adrienne Rich, Jamaica Kincaid, Joan Didion, Joyce Carol Oates, Virginia Woolf, and Zadie Smith, among others. The titles of these essays function as headlines for our lives—titles like “The Bitch is Back” (Sandra Tsing Loh), “My Misspent Youth” (Meghan Daum), and “Joy” (Zadie Smith). It’s not March yet, but in our world, every month is Women’s Month. We hope you enjoy this collection of brilliant prose by these equally brilliant women.

See the full list at 17 Essays by Female Writers That Everyone Should Read, by Emily Temple



One Billion Rising

One in three women in the world will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. These stats are sobering. But something spectacular will be happening all across the world on V-Day, February 14. The One Billion Rising movement, orchestrated by Eve Ensler, is “an invitation to dance, a call to men and women to refuse to participate in the status quo until rape and rape culture ends, and a refusal to accept violence against women and girls as a given.” Click here to locate an awareness event in your city.

Charlize Theron talks about the One Billion Rising movement.



Women’s Voices Celebrates Valentine’s Day

Heart with arrowHere at Women’s Voices, we love to celebrate LOVE in all its iterations—romantic relationships, friendships, family, food (yes, love for chocolate is a real thing!). And the world can always use more stories and celebrations of love. That said, we’ve been sharing the love since the beginning of February with moving, funny, reflective, and poignant stories from women about the loves of their lives. Our Valentine’s Day Series features Roz Warren’s humorous take on the unromantics in our lives; Diane Dettmann on finding love the second time around; Ellen Sue Spicer-Jacobson on taking a chance on a silver romance; today’s post by Nancy Weber on family love; and tomorrow’s sweet tribute to romantic love, “Zou Zou’s Cupid,” by Susan Lapinski. To top things off, look for a special note tomorrow from our Publisher and romantic at heart, Patrica Yarberry Allen.





Weekly Dose of Art & Beauty

In this week’s dose of Art & Beauty, we share with you The Door, a short film by Ava DuVernay, who in 2012 became the first African-American woman to win the Best Director Prize at the Sundance Film Festival for her film Middle of Nowhere. Her latest, The Door, was commissioned by the Italian fashion house Miu Miu.  Women’s Wear Daily shared some insight into the metaphor of the “door” used throughout the film:

The film—a little over nine minutes in length—focuses on an actual door on the modernist house of a main character (Union) who just went through a breakup. Friends come through that door to console her and, with their support, she eventually overcomes her sadness and is able to move on. “The door in the film represents a pathway to who we are,” said DuVernay.

The Door,” directed by Ava DuVernay

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