Over this nearly quarter of a century, Nellie has been optioned or shopped numerous times, including in 1998-99, when ABC Disney had it. One contract in all this time made it to the small screen for the PBS “American Experience” documentary, “Around the World in 72 Days” by Christine Lesiak and Mel Bucklin. It was through ABC Disney that I got to know and adore Nell. She was the writer on the never-produced script. And there it is in Just the Funny Parts, among her very long list of credits. Marked “unshot.”
I need to say that Nell and Lynn Sherr have permanent seats on the meditative council that’s formed around the question of the role of men in the quest for gender equality since I finished researching The Suffragents. UN Women’s HeforShe campaign has been in my sights since I turned in the manuscript, too. This past Tuesday, in a landmark event for me at the United Nations Bookshop, I added a seat for Elizabeth Nyamayaro, HeforShe’s global head. I posted about the event—and about Elizabeth, in particular—at great length. We all think it’s time for a Men’s League 2.0. Lynn has written about the issue more than once in her column for BillMoyers.com, and since we’re talking books, let me add that she is the author of more than one that deserves mention in this context: Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space, and Failure Is Impossible: Susan B. Anthony in Her Own Words.
I’m sure Nell could provide us with the perfect rejoinder.