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Holding up September Skies
While in some parts of the world, the skies might still seem grey, bleak and heavy with monsoon rain, in others they might be a clearer blue. It’s time to say hello to September at The Whistle Library by looking at those who are said to hold up half the sky, but rarely do. I mean women, of course.
Let’s start with a policy brief for transformational change for women in 2020, developed by three amazing women leaders, Madeleine Albright, Mary Robinson and Peggy Clark for The Brookings Blum Roundtable at the Brookings Institution.
Next, we look at the Global Gender Gap Report 2018 from the World Economic Forum which analyses the gender gap across countries and regions and also includes a study of the gender gap in AI across various sectors. Shows how far women in India still have to go to achieve parity.
I also have for you an interesting piece by Amy Webb, Professor at the Stern School of Business, New York University, in HBR on Strategy Planning like a Futurist, which explores how thinking like a futurist and extending our time and space horizons might help plan better for the change that is coming.
We now begin the literature section by paying tribute to Nobel and Pulitzer prize winning author, Toni Morrison, who passed on in early August this year. She brought the African-American experience into the mainstream and into our consciousness with the strength and grace of a woman writer.
Here is a piece Toni Morrison wrote after the 2016 US Presidential election for the New Yorker, aptly titled Making America White Again.
Next, we travel back in time to read Hannah Arendt’s article on her friendship with the great poet, WH Auden, in the Literary Hub.
And here’s a review of a recently published book of Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald’s letters in the New York Times that is worth reading. The reviewer, Parul Sehgal, says the book has more of Zelda than Scott and perhaps deserves a read just for that reason.
We are soon approaching this year’s Booker Prize, which will be announced in October, and here is this year’s long list in an article, also in the New York Times. The list does feature some Booker familiars like Margaret Atwood and Salman Rushdie.
Now, on to an engaging discussion on literature and philosophy between the writer, Iris Murdoch, and the host, Bryan Magee, in a old BBC programme. Iris talks of how the two disciplines are actually opposed in their aims, and how she tries to weave both into her writing.
This time, I have a piece on art to share with you at The Whistle Library and it is about a massive exhibition of Dora Maar’s works that is touring the world’s greatest museums this year. Many of us know of Dora Maar as an artist, but better, as Pablo Picasso’s muse and companion. This article from the New York Review of Books tells us about many of her unknown works as well as her better-known ones to give us a fuller picture of Dora Maar’s versatility and marks her place as an artist in her own right.
And finally, in music, I came upon this lovely film about the world-famous cellist, Jacqueline du Pré, and her music sessions with greats like Itzhak Perlman, Daniel Barenboim (who was married to her), Zubin Mehta and Pinchas Zukerman. Made 50 years ago by Christopher Nupen, the film is a fine way to remember a cellist whose brilliant musical career was cut short by multiple sclerosis when she was just 28 years old and who died at the age of 42.
That is talent taken away from us too soon. If we women are always battling the odds anyway, some have this to contend with as well. Here is hoping that women will continue to blaze new trails, in whatever they do. And that men are not merely reading this, but will cheer them along the way.
Have a splendid September. You can count on us women to drive the clouds away! Until next month, it’s goodbye from me at The Whistle Library.
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