Lady Bios

  • Joan Baez [ united-states ]

    Joan Chandos Baez (born 1941) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and activist whose contemporary folk music often includes songs of protest or social justice.  Joan has performed publicly for over 60 years, releasing over 30 albums. Fluent in Spanish and English, she has also recorded songs in at least six other languages. Although regarded as a folk singer, her music has diversified since the counterculture era of the 1960s, and encompasses genres such as folk rock, pop, country and gospel music. Baez has also been prominent in the struggle for gay and lesbian rights. In 1978, she performed at several benefit concerts to defeat the Briggs Initiative, which proposed banning all gay people from teaching in the public schools of California. Later that same year, she participated in memorial marches for the assassinated San Francisco city supervisor, Harvey Milk, who was openly gay.
  • Joan Didion [ united-states ]

    Joan DidionJoan Didion (born 1934) is an American author best known for her novels and her literary journalism. Her novels and essays explore the disintegration of American morals and cultural chaos, where the overriding theme is individual and social fragmentation. A sense of anxiety or dread permeates much of her work. Joan identifies herself as being a "shy, bookish child" who read everything she could get her hands on and even needed written permission from her mother to borrow adult books, biographies especially, from the library at a young age, who pushed herself to overcome her social anxiety through acting and public speaking. In 1956, Didion graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. During her senior year, she won first place in an essay contest sponsored by Vogue, and was awarded a job as a research assistant at the magazine where she stayed for 2 years and began her writing career. She is married and has one child. Some of her books include:   Run, River, Slouching Towards Bethlehem, A Book of Common Prayer and Play It As It Lays among many others.
  • Josephine D D Bacon [ united-states ]

    Josephine D D BaconJosephine D D Bacon (1876 –1961) was an American writer of great versatility who made the point of having female protagonists. She was a pioneer in the Girl Scouts movement and compiled the guidebook used by that organization. View Josephine Daskam Bacon's books. Read some of her works on Project Gutenburg.
  • Joy Cooper [ united-states ]

    Joy CooperMayor  Joy Cooper was first elected to the Hallandale Beach City Commission in 1999. She served as commissioner, vice mayor and was the first directly elected female mayor in the history of Hallandale Beach.
  • Joyce Carpati [ united-states ]

    Joyce Carpati Joyce Carpati is an opera singer and model. From an interview: I started to work for Hearst in 1972. I had moved back to New York from Rome, Italy, where I had lived with my husband and son for a number of years. I started to work for the Hearst Corporation as an assistant to the advertising director, not because I had to work, but because I wanted something to do. I thought, let me just try this. And, like meeting Ari, that was my destiny! I thought I’d stay at Hearst a little while and have something to pass the time. There were no women in the advertising department, none at all. You found them in editorial, but not in advertising. Men would go out presenting the magazines, and going after millions of dollars of business. So I spoke to the ad director and told him I would love to represent the magazine, and after being turned down and told that advertising wasn’t a woman’s job again and again, I just kept bothering him and one day he gave me a chance. I was the first woman to sell for the Hearst Corporation, and from there I became the first woman manager at Good Housekeeping. After that I went over to Cosmopolitan as marketing director for beauty and fashion.  
  • Joyce Meyer [ united-states ]

    Joyce Meyer Joyce Meyer (born Pauline Joyce Hutchison; June 4, 1943) is a Charismatic Christian author and speaker. Meyer and her husband Dave have four grown children, and live outside St. Louis, Missouri. Her ministry is headquartered in the St. Louis suburb of Fenton, Missouri. In 1985, Meyer resigned as associate pastor and founded her own ministry, initially called “Life in the Word.” She began airing her radio show on six other stations from Chicago to Kansas City. In 1993, her husband Dave suggested that they start a television ministry. Initially airing on superstation WGN-TV in Chicago and Black Entertainment Television (BET), her program, now called Enjoying Everyday Life. In 2004 St. Louis Christian television station KNLC, operated by the Rev. Larry Rice of New Life Evangelistic Center, dropped Meyer’s programming. According to Rice, a longstanding Meyer supporter, Meyer’s “excessive lifestyle” and her teachings often going “beyond Scripture” were the impetus for canceling the program. In 2005, Time magazine’s “25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America” ranked Meyer as 17th.  
  • Juana Inés [ united-states ]

    Sister Joan Agnes of the Cross; (1651 -1695), was a self-taught scholar, philosopher and poet of the Baroque school, and Hieronymite nun of New Spain, known in her lifetime as "The Tenth Muse", "The Phoenix of America", or the "Mexican Phoenix". Sor Juana lived during Mexico's colonial period, making her a contributor both to early Mexican literature as well as to the broader literature of the Spanish Golden Age. Beginning her studies at a young age, Sor Juana was fluent in Latin and also wrote in Nahuatl, and became known for her philosophy in her teens. After joining a nunnery in 1667, Sor Juana began writing poetry and prose dealing with such topics as love, feminism, and religion. Her criticism of misogyny and the hypocrisy of men led to her condemnation by the Bishop of Puebla and in 1694 she was forced to sell her collection of books and focus on charity towards the poor. She died the next year, having caught the plague while treating her fellow nuns. Read more.
  • Julia Cameron [ united-states ]

    Julia Cameron Julia Cameron (born 1948) is an American teacher, author, artist, poet, playwright, novelist, filmmaker, composer, and journalist.  She also has written many other non-fiction works, short stories, and essays, as well as novels, plays, musicals, and screenplays.

    Julia's memoir Floor Sample details her descent into alcoholism and drug addiction, which induced blackouts, paranoia and psychosis. In 1978, reaching a point in her life when writing and drinking could no longer coexist, Cameron stopped the drugs and alcohol, and began teaching creative unblocking, eventually publishing the book based on her work: The Artist's Way.  She states creativity is an authentic spiritual path.

  • Julia Child [ united-states ]

    Julia Child Julia Child (born Julia Carolyn McWilliams 1912 –2004) was a chef, author, and television personality. She is recognized for bringing French cuisine to the American public with her debut cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and her subsequent television programs, the most notable of which was The French Chef, which premiered in 1963. At six feet, two inches tall, Child played tennis, golf, and basketball as a child and continued to play sports while attending college. Child joined the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) after finding that she was too tall to enlist in the Women's Army Corps (WACs) or in the U.S. Navy's WAVES. She began her OSS career as a typist at its headquarters in Washington, but because of her education and experience soon was given a more responsible position as a top secret researcher working directly for the head of OSS, General William J. Donovan. Many layers to this woman!  Watch her episodes and learn more about Julia here.