I think women have a duty of solidarity toward other women. I think we must applaud when one woman makes it to the top. I would love a world where human beings are completely equal, regardless of their gender. But as we journey toward the goal, I enjoy the perks along the bumpy road.
So when I hear that President Obama has named Janet Yellen head of the Federal Reserve, I applaud to her success.
When I hear that little Malala is nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, I cheer for her.
When I hear that Fortune has now a hard time to select the most powerful businesswomen because there are more women to choose from, I clap in my hands.
But I’m a writer and a reader, so when I hear that Alice Munro is the recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature I am very, very happy.
I find especially meaningful that she wrote about women from Ontario. Through her exceptional writing all women benefit.
I read once that Alice Munro initially wrote short stories to practice for a novel.
I’m so glad she kept practicing.
In French, a short story is called ‘nouvelle.’ ‘Nouvelle’ is also the feminine form of the adjective ‘nouveau’ – new in English.
For a nonnative speaker, there was initial confusion between ‘nouvelle’ and ‘novel.’
As for Alice Monroe’s writing I like to use the French word.
Even though her themes are always the same, her writing remains new.
Bravo, Ms. Munro!