There's a lot of buzz about how President Barack Obama gave a National Medal of Arts to Star Wars creator George Lucas yesterday. But he also honored quite a few women in the ceremony. For instance: Author Joan Didion (above).

Actress/playwright/professor Anna Deavere Smith.

Lin Arison, co-founder of the National YoungArts Foundation.


Author Jill Ker Conway.

Novelist and essayist Marilynne Robinson.


Author/historian/pioneer in feminist studies Natalie Zemon Davis.

Comedian/director/screenwriter/actress Elaine May.


Dancer, choreographer and artistic director and founder of the Philadelphia Dance Company, Joan Myers Brown.

And more.

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