Wendy Wasserstein, a prizewinning playwright whose works addressed feminism and the challenges of women's lives, passed away yesterday. She was 55 years old, and had been fighting lymphoma for several months. "Her work was serious, and she put to art form the struggles and the current issues facing modern women," said Eleanor Smeal, president of Feminist Majority Foundation. "I know feminists through the country will be very sad."
Wasserstein’s plays include Uncommon Women and Others, The Heidi Chronicles, The Sisters Rosenswieg, and most recently Third, which opened in October. Wasserstein was a dedicated feminist, and her satirically comic plays examined the changes and challenges that feminism produced in women’s lives and relationships. She was the first woman to win a Tony Award for playwriting, with The Heidi Chronicles, for which she also won the Pulitzer Prize.
The following is a statement by our Founder and President, Eleanor Smeal, on the events in Ferguson, Missouri.
The Feminist Majority Foundation calls for the appointment of a special prosecutor to conduct a thorough, unbiased investigation into the shooting death of unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown by Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson.
The killing of Michael Brown and the blundered, militarized response by law enforcement to the call for justice is a tragic reminder that in many African American communities across the nation, the police themselves can be a threat.
Given the distrust of the police by the local African American community, the close ties between the St. . . .