Girls Like Us, The News Sorority
Sheila Weller has lived through and advocated for feminism for over 40 years, as a New York Times bestselling author and award-winning journalist. Her New York Times bestseller Girls Like Us chronicles the history of female rock superstars Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Carly Simon. The New York Times reviewed Girls as, “Captivating. A strong amalgam of nostalgia, feminist history, astute insight, beautiful music and irresistible gossip. Weller’s grand ambition winds up fulfilled.”
Weller’s recent work, The News Sorority, follows the history-making careers of Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, and Christiane Amanpour within the chauvinistic and male-dominated realm of television news networks. Vanity Fair says of the book: “Weller rivetingly recounts these gutsy ladies’ time on the front lines of domestic and international war zones…. the prejudices they’ve faced; the personal sacrifices made and losses suffered, as well as the backlashes that followed their every gain, fueling their ambition and building their resilience. Weller’s portrait of how these extraordinary women… is an inspiration for future generations of journalists.”
Weller has spoken throughout the nation on her nonfiction books and long journalism career (writing for the full range of major women’s magazines, as well as The New York Times, New York, and Rolling Stone, which has utilized the ethics, passion, and honesty necessary to write stories about living women. Weller has chronicled the full gamut of women’s lives, from the complex, glamorous heroines she’s profiled for Vanity Fair to the often angering reality of women and the justice system, domestic violence, and just about every other form of crisis and challenge that women can face.
Sheila speaks about her personal experiences as a women growing up amid the unique and thrilling cultural turbulence of the late 60s and early 70s, along with her extensive history of witnessing and reporting the arc of changes for women over the years, and she does so with compassion, humor, and relatability to women across generations.Inquire About Speaker