I'm a HUGE fan of the Q&A section of The Guardian. I love what you can glean about a person from just a few sharp questions. And, being the Guardian, they get to Q&A their way all around town, chatting to the most interesting and intelligent people. Five of my favourite women below - favourites for their life and work and humour and heart and, now, some of their answers. Since I can't sit down to a cup of tea with them directly, I get to defer to the Guardian. And as if I didn't already love Caitlin Moran, she just went ahead and took the words right out of my mouth when she said: 'I owe everything I am to Jo March in Little Women and Anne Shirley in Anne Of Green Gables'. Amen.
So, here are some of the more inspiring dames you could hope to know a bit about:
- Donna Tartt Because if ever a woman could write, Donna can write - I am in awe of her prose and the strength in the stories she tells.
- Bjork Because what a true artist - she continues to grow and inspire and still be amazing and relevant.
- Allison Janney Because if I could be anyone in the world I'd probably be CJ Cregg from the West Wing and I believe that is entirely bcuase Allison Janney is so damn cool. Also, she kills me as the step-mother in Juno.
- Julie Delpy Because her performance and writing and directing in works like Two Days in Paris and the Before series (oh, the Before series) is probably the most raw, honest, outstanding, humorous, perceptive and beautiful thing a woman in her twenties and thirties can experience.
- Caitlin Moran Because Caitlin Moran's very existence makes me happy and calm and feel like things in the world might just be OK. Her How To Be A Woman made me laugh out loud more than is appropriate on the train, and gave me some of the better and most grounded descriptions of and arguments for feminism I've read (not that I've ever needed convincing). Her voice is pertinent and warm and amazingly on the money.
* Image of tea and Jennie Kwon jewels by Honestly WTF.