Today is International Women's Day, and how lovely to be able to celebrate it with Kathryn Bigelow's win for Best Director last night--much deserved, as far as I'm concerned (as if I knew what I was talking about). TERRIBLE Oscar program last night, saved only by Sandra Bullock's fabulous acceptance speech and the triumph of The Hurt Locker over Avatar/FernGully.
It was an amazing night, though, for images of how far we've come from the first International Women's Day in 1911. I love this picture of Barbra Streisand, the presenter for best director, with Kathryn Bigelow, who won it. I remember when Barbra presented for best director before, back in 1994 when Jane Campion was up for the award. So sixteen years have gone by with only one other woman nominated (Sofia Coppola in 2003) when Barbra opened the envelope, waited a beat, and said, "Well, the time has come." Beautiful moment.
A moving moment also when Mo'nique accepted her award and thanked Hattie McDaniel, who had won in 1940, while seated at a segregated table. She thanked her "for enduring all that you had to so that I would not have to."
It will be an even better moment, though, when women and people of color winning these awards is of no notice whatsoever, and when we don't need an International Women's Day at all. We've got a ways to go.