Austin, Kathryn Bigelow, and International Women’s Day

bigelow & streisandAustin, Kathryn Bigelow, and International Women’s Day

I’m still basking in the reflected glory of “Hurt Locker” director Kathryn Bigelow’s unprecedented win as Best Director last night. Seated right in front of her ex-husband, favored heavy hitter James Cameron (“Avatar”), she swept away the evening’s biggest Oscars, including Best Picture. Success is sweet.

When Barbara Streisand, who herself was passed over for the Best Director honor, opened the envelope, she said it all: “Well, the time has come.”

It was a great overture to today’s celebration of International Women’s Day.

Here in Austin we always think globally and act locally. So the Austin Commission for Women is celebrating Women’s History Month with “Living Legacies: Honoring Women’s Activism Across Generations.” Speakers include GENaustin executive director Julia Cuba and Chicana librarian and activist Martha Cotera. I’ll be attending, and I hope to see you there, at 5:30pm on March 23 in the Austin City Hall Atrium. Click here to register.

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