Karen Karbo


Karen Karbo is the author of fourteen award-winning novels, memoirs and works of non-fiction including the best-selling “Kick Ass Women” series: Julia Child Rules (October 2013); How Georgia Became O’Keeffe (2011); The Gospel According to Coco Chanel (2009), and How to Hepburn (2007). Her 2004 memoir, The Stuff of Life, about the last year she spent with her father before his death, was a New York Times Notable Book, a People Magazine Critics’ Choice, a Books for a Better Life Award finalist, and a winner of the Oregon Book Award for Creative Non-fiction. Her short stories, essays, articles and reviews have appeared in Elle, Vogue, Esquire, Outside, the New York Times, salon.com and other magazines. Recently, she was one of 24 writers awarded an Amtrak Residency.


Rosalind Franklin

Difficult Woman N°16

Rosalind Franklin 1920 – 1958   Who: English chemist and x-ray crystallographer. Discovered DNA. Victim of research theft, when her colleagues James Watson and ...
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Martha Gellhorn

Difficult Woman N°15

Martha Gellhorn (1908 – 1998)   Who: One of the first female war correspondents. Novelist, travel writer, stylish badass, married to a ...
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Difficult Woman N°14

Betty Ford 1918-2011 Who: First Lady of the United States. Founder and Chairperson of the Betty Ford Center. Classically trained dancer. Cancer ...
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Difficult Woman N°13

Hedy Lamarr (Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler) (1914 – 2000)     Who: Actress, inventor, legendary beauty. Collaborative inventor of a radio guidance system used ...
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Difficult Woman N°12

Maya Deren (Eleanora Derenkowskaia) (1917 – 1961)   Who: Mother of Independent Cinema and wearer of many creative hats: Avant-Garde Filmmaker. Choreographer. Dancer ...
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The Late, Great Zaha Hadid Could Be Difficult. Surprised?

Yesterday the world lost its greatest architect, Iraq-born British architect Zaha Hadid. I fell in love with her crazy avant-garde ...
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Anne Bronte

Difficult Woman N°11

Anne Brontë (1820 – 1849)   Who: Novelist. Poet. Governess. Only member of the literary Brontë family who did not believe love conquers ...
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Difficult Woman N°10

Frida Kahlo (1907 – 1954) Who: Painter. Communist. Generally acknowledged by art historians as  mother of the selfie. Signature difficult moves: Freaked out ...
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