The year 2017 may be remembered best as a year of reckoning. Women (and men) rallied behind a battle cry fashioned as a hashtag, #metoo, calling out men in power — from Weinstein to Besh — urging that no longer will we put up with "boys being boys." The infallible became fallible, and the silenced voices found their tenor.
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But we've still got a long way to go. According to the World Economic Forum's 2017 Global Gender Gap Report, gender parity is "over 200 years away." Closer to home, CP recently reported that every single Republican running for S.C. governor supports complete state abortion ban. From the workplace to the female reproductive system, women are still fighting for equality, day in and day out.In honor of that fight, today, more than 100 years after the first national Woman's Day was observed in the U.S., we look back at 10 stories from this year that featured women dominating in the fields of cuisine, arts, criminal investigation, music, and more.
The WordsmithWhen she's not slinging "untraditional Japanese" fare with husband Shuai for Short Grain (a cult favorite food truck and semi-finalist for a James Beard Award) Corrie Wang is writing — everything from futuristic shorts in our Lit issue, to full length, critically acclaimed YA novels.
Wang's The Takedown, which was named by Seventeen magazine as one of the 20 best YA Novels of 2017, is set in no particular time period, with Wang specifying that it's sometime in the "near future." And technology isn't just omnipresent— it's everything.
In our April 5 cover story, Wang said that she was tired of seeing female characters who were bumbling and clumsy. "They were always the underdog, and that's great, and I know people like that, too. But I think the opposite of that was villainizing girls who kind of had their shit together," said Wang. "The more we keep doing that the more we run across, later in life, these walls because it's not acceptable when we're younger to be a girl doing our own thing."
The Justice Seeker
In our Feb. 28, 2018 news feature, Reid said that, "When I process animal crime scenes I collect that for prosecution to present in court. We have an animal crime lab in the Lowcountry, the only one well within the tri-state area. Everything is under lock and key 24/7. We can maintain chain of custody, and the lab where we process evidence has a large freezer and dry storage...We're really big on people being held accountable."
To learn more about Valiant's work, visit valiantanimalrescue.org; you can make donations directly via paypal.me/valiantrescue.
- Michael Campina
- Vanity Reid Deterville
The play, which Deterville described as a "snapshot of my life," follows Vanity, born into a West Caribbean Christian Southern family, navigating life and evolving from "bisexual to effeminate gay male, to makeup artist, and now, I'm an openly trans woman, which I wished [I would've become] many years ago."
"For people who feel like they can't tell this story ... I want to turn struggle into art," Deterville continued. "We all have hurt and pain ... I want to tell the many stories that have always been in Charleston for trans women of color."
The Music Makers
- Michael Campina
- Auntie Ayi
Listen to beats from Auntie Ayi at an Ecstatic Dance event this Fri. March 9 at the St. Julian Devine Community Center.
The Silence Breakers
- Jonathan Boncek
- Cynthia Wong
"This feels different," said Collins, somewhat reluctantly, "if for no other reason that people are scared. People don't want to be the next John Besh." And, maybe things are different — just before the 13th annual Charleston Wine + Food Festival, W+F board member, Greater Charleston Restaurant Association president, James Beard Foundation's National Advisory Board member, and Patrick Properties CEO Randall Goldman was ousted from W+F and resigned from Patrick Properties as a result of misconduct allegations. The James Beard Foundation also asked Goldman to resign.
"No restaurant can say without a doubt that nothing like that has ever happened in their restaurant," said Collins in Dec. "It's already gone too far, across the board. In every city."
The Empowering Baker
She's also the master of athletic feats that would make your head spin, I mean, just look at that cover. When she's not making macaroons or wedding cakes or the best brownie you've ever tasted Richardson is defying gravity at Amorous Dance Pole and Fitness Classes. "When I'm there I feel like I can block out everything else that's going on in my life," said Richardson. "You feel better about yourself, it's awesome. It's sexy and intense and it can be frustrating but empowering all at the same time."
The New Narrative
- David Ruano
- Yo, Carmen features María Pagés.
Pagés' Yo, Carmen is a project that had been percolating in the dancer's soul since she was "a little girl." Pagés, who grew up in Seville — the sultry and exotic backdrop of Carmen, — said that as a Sevillan, "Carmen is a story everybody knows, it's very popular. It's something I've grown up with all my life. This story is close to me." And at age 54, Pagés said the timing of the telling is right. "I decided to do Yo, Carmen when I was ready to talk about the real woman. If I were younger I couldn't say what I can say now. I need to be mature like a woman to say what I say. To try to arrive to the essence of the woman."
In Pages' version of the story, Carmen gains control. "In the opera, it's not Carmen who says what is her life. It's only the men who say who is this woman. Yo, Carmen says when we are more fragile, more strong. It is about the real woman."
The Painter, and Survivor
- Allie Monday
Check out Waghorn's work online at carriebethwaghorn.com.
The Absolutely Fabulous
The Vice appearance