Famous screenwriter talks girl power in San Antonio

Screenwriter Kirsten Smith takes center stage at Women’s Chamber of Commerce gala


A woman who has blazed a trail in the movie industry is spreading her message of girl power in San Antonio at the Women’s Chamber of Commerce Gala at the Institute of Texan Cultures.

Kirsten "Kiwi" Smith is best known for her screenplays “10 Things I Hate About You” and “Legally Blonde," but she has a half-dozen other successful movies in her portfolio, too.

In keeping with her message, she works with her writing partner Karen McCullah Lutz to create scripts that seem to carry the themes of the girl power movement of the late 1990s and early 2000s.

"I write with a female writing partner, I was given my first jobs by women who really told me, 'Don't wait around to write a script. Do it right now ... you got this,’” said Smith, who continues to mentor writers as she was once mentored.

One of the common themes throughout Smith's movies such as Legally Blonde is that the heroines are smart, strong, but always extremely feminine.

This includes examples like “Ella Enchanted” and her latest effort, a book entitled “Trinkets."

Smith said, "I think it used to feel like there wasn't as many seats at the table, so to speak, but now I think we are realizing that there are and now we have to just spread the love of girl power as opposed to b-i-t-c-h power."

Trinkets is about three shoplifting girls who end up happy and healed.

"They get rehabilitated and become very unlikely friends, so kind of like 'The Breakfast Club,'” she explained.

She’s a self-admitted John Hughes film buff.

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