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Joan Blades on Arlene Blum

By |2018-06-22T10:48:54-08:00January 24th, 2018|New Interview Announcement|

I’m delighted to share a new interview with the formidable Joan Blades (co-founder of, Moms Rising and Living Room Conversations — her recent TED Talk is nearing a million views!) Joan tells us about Dr. Arlene Blum, a scientist/mountaineer who led the first team of American women to scale Annapurna AND discovered the carcinogen in kids’ pajamas. Arlene continues to work to rid our world of toxins with The Green Policy Institute. Both of these women are really rather amazing and I think you’ll be inspired to hear Joan talk about her good friend Arlene.

We’ve also launched our NEW WEBSITE where you can search our growing library of videos as well as our database of Astonishing Women. You can search for women artists, scientists, activists, journalists, etc. We’re continuing to grow our archive this year with shoots in Los Angeles, Washington DC and New York City.

Look What SHE Did! was filmed as part of the Los Angeles Women’s March last weekend and we’re still flying high from the experience. We marched, chanted, carried signs and listened. The speeches were powerful. The message of the moment:

Let women speak.

Let them speak in their own ways, about things that matter to them. It’s an exciting time for women, for speaking truth and being heard, for addressing inequities we’ve all lived with for so long. And it’s an exciting time for our small non-profit. We’re proud to be part of this movement by telling stories of women who need to be recognized, women who’ve overcome obstacles like misogyny, harassment, abuse, poverty, lack of education and all the rest. Our videos encourage and inspire, reminding viewers of the power they have to make a difference, wherever they are, to make life better for all of us.

– Julie and the Look What SHE Did! team

Watch Joan’s video about Arlene Blum here

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Juliette Carrillo on JoAnne Akalaitis

By |2018-01-14T23:37:19-08:00January 14th, 2018|New Interview Announcement|

Happy Holidays, my friends.

What an amazing year for Look What SHE Did! The response to our work has been tremendous and I think it’s because we are meeting a true need— telling positive stories by, for and about women. We are narrating an alternative history, filling in the gaps with tales of the untold achievements of women.

In this current environment of #MeToo and #ShePersisted our mission and our message could not be more relevant and could not stand out more— because we are a joyful enterprise, telling joyful stories that accumulate into a powerful new version of history. This is our mission and we’re just getting started. Thank you for standing with us.

We’re closing out the year with good friend Juliette Carrillo telling us about brilliant avant-garde director JoAnne Akalaitis.

Wishing you a joyful holiday and a peaceful New Year

From all of us at Look What SHE Did!

“The room was so alive… because she was listening on such a deep level.”

Juliette Carrillo gives us insight into the profound creative process of one of America’s great theater directors, JoAnne Akalaitis… a woman we should all know more about.

Watch Juliette’s video about JoAnne here.

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Olga Holtz on Hedy Lamarr

By |2018-06-23T14:07:16-08:00November 21st, 2017|New Interview Announcement|

Happy Thanksgiving!

We have so much to be thankful for. First of all, we have each other. We are a community— a national community— and we are listening to each other’s stories. Hearing the truth of someone else’s experience and receiving it with empathy is at the core of being a decent human. I am profoundly thankful— to the people speaking their truth and to the people listening and being supportive. Amazing.

This month’s new interview is a kick. Famous beauty and film icon Hedy Lamarr was a science geek! During World War II she invented — really, this is crazy— she patented a technology called frequency hopping to keep the Nazis from jamming US radio signals. No one took her seriously, but decades later her invention gave birth to bluetooth and cellphones. Shoulda listened to Hedy! Acclaimed mathematician, Dr. Olga Holtz tells the story.

– Julie

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Lucia Jacobs on Sarah Blaffer Hrdy

By |2018-03-22T06:30:26-08:00October 16th, 2017|New Interview Announcement|

What a month. The epic eruption of the #MeToo campaign proved how necessary it is to acknowledge the achievements of women, achievements made in spite of systemic gender bias and pervasive sexual harassment. Reading the stories humbled us and reminded us how essential our project is. Thank you for sticking with us.

Our storyteller this round is Dr. Lucia Jacobs (UC Berkeley neuroscientist) whose work on animal consciousness and olfaction is as deep and true as her work as a writer of plays and a creator of miniature theatrical spectacles. She’s a force, and it’s no surprise her astonishing woman— Sarah Blaffer Hrdy— is a mind-blower.

You’ve heard of Darwin and Stephen Jay Gould, but have you heard of Sarah Blaffer Hrdy? She’s an anthropologist who proved that females— like males— are competitive, independent, and sexually assertive beings. (Gasp!) Oh yeah, and they don’t just mate to reproduce— they can actually enjoy sex. Hrdy’s findings were groundbreaking not just for scientists, but for feminists too. In this video, Lucia recounts the incredible untold story of disrupter Sarah Blaffer Hrdy, the biologist our textbooks should have included.

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Sylvie Drake On Queen Hatshepsut

By |2018-06-22T13:09:19-08:00September 16th, 2017|New Interview Announcement|

Oh my god, wait til you see this one. The incredibly articulate Sylvie Drake tells us about “the first great woman in history of whom we are informed.” I have no doubt you have never heard of her, and no doubt you will be delighted to know of this woman who was called “Her Majesty, the King” because there was no word for Queen yet! A most modern woman… in 1500 B.C. No kidding, watch this one, it’s a kick and will make you smarter!

As a young girl growing up in Egypt Sylvie Drake learned of Queen Hatshepsut, the first great woman of history, a monarch who lived over a thousand years before Cleopatra. Her reign has all the markings of greatness including winning battles to establish power, presiding over a long era of peace and prosperity, opening trade routes, visionary architecture, a recorded legacy and… get this… this is the woman who invented eyeliner! You need to know about Queen Hatshepsut. Click.

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Anna Thomas on the Persevering Carobeth Laird

By |2018-03-22T05:52:34-08:00July 18th, 2017|New Interview Announcement, Look What She Did! Announcement, Storytellers|

How’d it get to be the middle of summer already? I hope you’re finding some down time for exploring this beautiful world of ours, which brings me to our newest interview. The illustrious Anna Thomas shares the story of linguist and anthropologist Carobeth Laird, who dedicated herself to exploring little-known Native American tribes. Her life was not easy, but there are spans of genius, passion, sacrifice and a terrific twist in the story at the end. You’ll want to know about this woman.

Give it a listen — you deserve a little break for inspiration. Then pass it on to someone else who might enjoy it. It’s free– it’s fun– and good wins out in the end. Happy summer.


Anna Thomas on Carobeth Laird


Carobeth Laird was an uneducated teenager with no hopes of attending college when, in 1915, she took a summer course with celebrated anthropologist John Peabody Harrington. Starved for knowledge, the girl fell head over heels in love with linguistics and cultural anthropology. The great man recognized her talent and almost immediately began both teaching and exploiting her. Listen to the story of their strange, profound relationship, and how Laird’s brilliance and powerful sense of self won out in the end.

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Jill Klein on the Keenly Observant Maria Sibylla Merian

By |2018-06-22T14:28:27-08:00June 28th, 2017|Uncategorized, New Interview Announcement, Look What She Did! Announcement, Storytellers|

Summer days are here and things are hopping at Look What She Did! Our first out-of-town shoot was a roaring success and we came home from the Bay Area with raw footage for 15 new interviews which we’ll be sharing with you over the coming months. Up in Silicon Valley we had a warm and wonderful Friendraiser hosted by board members Mary Pacifico Curtis and Michael Miller. And down home in L.A. Jill Klein and I gave a talk at the Archer School for Girls, where we’re planning to do a shoot in the fall, mentoring high school girls in the making of our fun and inspiring videos. Cat Oriel, our new youth blogger, will be posting about the process throughout.

Speaking of the ever-delightful Jill Klein… she’s featured in our latest interview telling us about Maria Sibylla Merian, a brilliant, self-taught botanical illustrator and entomologist from the 17th century who followed her own path in life, passionate and unstoppable. A truly courageous and bold female. You’re going to love her. Watch, enjoy, and share this story with someone you know who loves bad-ass women.


Jill Klein on the Keenly Observant Maria Sibylla Merian

Maria Sibylla Merian’s gorgeous drawings of the life cycles of plants, spiders, snakes, butterflies and other insects changed the way we see them. An independent-minded 17th century German, she was one of the first people– male or female– to insist on the validity of studying bugs. Her drawings and scientific observations were based on facts rather than the normal approach of the day– applying popular moral codes stressing male dominance in deference to God. Hmmm… a real scientist.
And did we mention Merian openly rebuked slavery and colonialism in her published writing? An act of social criticism unheard of at the time. She also tinkered with her own birth control, giving birth only twice, and with intention. Jill Klein charms us with the tale of this exceptionally focused female who altered the course of entomology.

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San Francisco Shoot!

By |2017-06-06T09:04:15-08:00June 6th, 2017|New Interview Announcement, Look What She Did! Announcement, Behind the Scenes|

We’re still over the moon about last weekend’s Bay Area shoot! Filming in backyard gardens from Silicon Valley to Berkeley to Marin, we interviewed more than a dozen powerhouse gals opening their hearts about astonishing women who inspire them. It was a joyful high. Stay tuned for more behind-the-scenes photos and peeks into these upcoming stories of crazy-great women told by crazy-great women!
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Ann-Sophie Morrissette on the Irrepressible Mollie Lowery

By |2018-03-22T05:47:18-08:00May 11th, 2017|New Interview Announcement, LWSD! Announcement|

My sweet friends, we are getting back in the groove sending out one new video per month. This time we present to you the lovely Ann-Sophie Morrissette telling us about a woman who altered the way we as a culture approach the homeless. Mollie Lowery was an original thinker of great and generous spirit, a woman who made a difference in our world.

Warm wishes to you,


Ann-Sophie Morrissette on the Irrepressible Mollie Lowery

Mollie Lowery saw a need and took action— to help homeless men. There was a program in place for women, but men were being left to fend for themselves so Mollie created a place for them using the innovative “Harm Reduction” model, which gets people housing first so they can address all the things that led to their homelessness. Ann-Sophie Morrissette tells us about Mollie’s inspirational life and insights, including having the wisdom to take time out to rejuvenate in nature. Take a listen.

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Tamar Halpern on Nellie Bly

By |2018-06-22T12:53:44-08:00March 21st, 2017|New Interview Announcement, LWSD! Announcement|

My dear friends, what an exciting ride it’s been this month. Look What She Did! is receiving a lot of love and we are grateful… and thrilled to know our work is resonating with an audience.

On the fundraising front, good friends Beth and Bill Busbice have generously offered a matching grant this week! They will match whatever we raise up to $1,500. So now is the time to give– your donation will be worth TWICE as much, really helping us cross the finish line. Here’s the link to our campaign, where you can watch all our latest videos and make a donation:

This week we’re releasing a new video with filmmaker Tamar Halpern on Nellie Bly. That name– Nellie Bly– may be a little familiar to you, as it was to me, but do you know what crazy thing she did to become famous? Let Tamar tell you about this audacious young woman who put herself in harm’s way, becoming one of the first — and boldest– investigative journalists in America.

Thanks to all of you who have given already. We love those little notes of encouragement you’ve included. You’ve cheered us beyond our imaginings.

Warm wishes to each of you– and enjoy the interviews!


Tamar Halpern on the Audacious Nellie Bly 

Nellie Bly went from being a penniless unemployed woman to a national superstar for her risk-taking investigative journalism. She’s even got her own board game. Growing up her nickname was Pinky… but once she adopted the moniker Nellie Bly she took the world by storm. She’s the idol and inspiration for writer/director Tamar Halpern who tells us about Nellie’s exploits.

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