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2018 Muse Honorees: Ellen Burstyn, Tricia Brock, Maysoon Zayid, Sarah Jessica Parker, Lisa Nishimura. Photo by Flor Blake Photography

For 38 years,  New York Women in Film and Television has organized the Muse Awards annual gala holiday luncheon to celebrate women of vision and achievement.  And each year, remarkable and accomplished women are honored with this prestigious award.

Backstage lineup: NYWIFT Board Members Margarita Sophia Cortes, Rachel Watanabe-Batton, and KOK with honoree Lisa Nishimura of Netflix. Photo by Rowena Husbands

It was my great pleasure to accompany one of the honorees, Lisa Nishimura, Netflix VP of Original Documentary and Comedy.  With the success of “Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat” on Netflix, this was a full circle moment for me.  We hadn’t yet met when I greeted Lisa at the entrance, and her first words to me were “Congratulations on the show!”  What a classy lady.  Also attending on behalf of Netflix was Zana Lawrence, who played a big role in our series as an EP.
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A Woman's Place is at the Top by Hannah Kimberley, St. Martin's Press, 2017.

A Woman’s Place is at the Top by Hannah Kimberley, St. Martin’s Press, 2017.

My friend Hannah Kimberley has written a book about Annie Smith Peck, one of the most accomplished women of the twentieth century that you have never heard of!  I had the honor of assisting Hannah with archival research over the past several years.  It was truly inspiring to read diaries, letters, and ephemera from such a tenacious character. I often felt like I had walked back in time: from the country’s reaction to Lincoln’s assassination, to the nail-biting climb to the top of Peru’s highest point, to the suffrage marches in New York City. Peck accomplished all of her feats as an unmarried woman and often (gasp) in pants!

Pre-orders will influence the first printing, and, if there are enough, it can put a book on the bestseller list, since all those pre-orders count towards first week book sales.  You can order it here.

On the eve of a big moment for women in politics, I recommend this book about another woman who carved her own path.

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