We lost so many strong, even iconic, women in 2017. And so many of them received little to no public media attention in this year of seemingly non-stop discussion about men.
Maggie Roche, of the Roche Sisters, left us at age 65 in January.
Here’s the NYT article briefly chronicling her music career.
Mary Tyler Moore
We heard about Mary Tyler Moore’s passing this year, but most coverage reminisced about her roles. What about the woman who brought those iconic roles to life? The best short summary I have found is under the subheading The True Legacy of Mary Tyler Moore in Forbes article about her passing.
Radical feminism, anyone? Second wave? Kate Millet was at the front of the wave. She passed in September. Her last interview, only 6 days before her death, is in the New Yorker.
Edith Windsor, Edie, brought groundbreaking same-sex marriage case to the Supreme Court, and DOMA, left us in September. She was 88. I recommend her site for info about DOMA, Edie and Thea, and Their Long Engagement.
Other Inspiring Women Who Passed in 2017
Mary Anderson, Cofounder of REI, with her husband, not only started the business as a cooperative buying/import company when they could not find good mountaineering equipment to support their shared passion for climbing. The sport and business must have been good to her, she lived to be 107.
Rita Henley Jensen, founder of Women’s eNews and the Jane Crow Project in died in October of breast cancer. A tribute to her on the site she founded to bring news about women to women and the world on a daily basis discussed the hardships and well earned successes in her life. Well-worth the read, quite inspiring!
Harriette Thompson, two-time cancer survivor began running marathons at age 76.
She died at age 94 in October.
Nancy Zieman, of Sewing with Nancy also passed on this year. I am writing a special piece on all she gave to regular women. It will be published before year’s end.
Who passed on this year that you would like to honor?