I was sorry to hear of the passing of Nora Ephron this past week. Not only because I loved her work and never saw a movie of hers that I didn't like, but because she has been a voice for women for a long time - when we really don't have that many voices that are legitimate.
Women have a different way of looking at the world. I see it over and over again on the boards that I sit on, where the men will all be in agreement about something until one of the women speaks up and offers another opinion and suddenly they're all thinking about the possibility that there is another side of the story. There's nothing wrong with seeing things differently - after all, that's what makes the world of love work so well! But there are times and places where a woman's viewpoint is badly needed and not available. Nora was that voice in Hollywood, which is largely dominated by men.
She was only 70-years-old and there would have been so much more she could have given us had she not been taken too soon. Just imagine what she could have done with another ten or fifteen years.