For the first time ever, a woman is in charge of day-to-day operations on The Walking Dead, as longtime writer and producer Angela Kang has taken over showrunning duties. But the focus on female leadership will be seen on screen as well as off for season 9, with core women characters moving to the center of the action, calling the shots and then dealing with the ramifications of those decisions.
“Because everyone keeps asking me… YES, the men WILL be standing in solidarity with women on this wearing-all-black movement to protest against gender inequality at this year’s Golden Globes,” Urbinanti wrote in a post to Instagram. “At least ALL MY GUYS will be. Safe to say this may not be the right time to choose to be the odd man out here… just sayin…”
“Great American Novelist” has long been a pretty masculinized term, a way of jumping straight to names with the largest cultural visibility at the expense of women and people of color. And even as organizations like the National Book Foundation have made strides over the past few decades, a rather stunning fact has remained true: While eight men have won the prestigious National Book Award for fiction multiple times, including such legends as William Faulkner, John Cheever, and John Updike, no woman has ever done so. Until Wednesday night.