March 17, 2005
Homage to a Female Opinion Writer
Posted by Christine Hurt

This week has seen another renewal of blogging on women as opinion writers and blawgers.  See here, here and here.  In light of this continued fascination with the subject, I thought this week would be perfect to pay an homage to my aunt, Wanda Webb Evans, who was an opinion writer for many years at the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal in Lubbock, Texas.  As others have written this week about the perils of being a woman opinion writer, being the "girl writer" for a West Texas newspaper had its moments!  Although she is supposedly "retired," this week marks the publication of her latest book, Trail of Blood, a true crime story about a still unsolved murder in our hometown.

Having an op-ed writer in the family is probably a lot like having a blogger in the family.

On the one hand, my law school graduation got 1/4 page in Section A.  On the other hand, I never knew when I opened up the paper which of my funny childhood stories would be retold that day.  But I do know that I would not be the same person without having Wanda as my role model.  She was the first woman I knew who had a job.  She was a free-lance writer, and when I was nine years old, she published her first book, a biography of George Mahon, who was the U.S. representative from our district for 44 years.  From an early age, I wanted to be a writer.  Now, law review articles aren't biographies or true crime stories, but there is hope for me yet.

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