Introducing Look What She Did’s Youth Blogger and Consultant, Cat Oriel!

By | 2017-12-01T00:12:07+00:00 June 28th, 2017|Photos, Look What She Did! Announcement, LWSD! Announcement, Youth Blogger|

“Women were born with two hands — one to push ourselves forward and another to pull other women along with us.”

– Maggie Wilderotter

Cat Oriel and Delores Huerta

I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about this compelling quote ever since I heard former Chairwomen/CEO of Frontier Communications Maggie Wilderotter say this on one particularly special Sunday afternoon in March. On Sunday, March 5th, I attended Look What She Did!’s fundraiser at LWSD! board member Melinda White’s home in Mar Vista. During the event, we were able to hear Maggie tell her inspiring story and she offered amazing advice about being a successful woman in business. I was truly moved by her talk, and that one quote has really stuck in my mind. Ever since then I’ve remained thoughtful about all the ways in my life I could be pushing myself forward, while bringing my peers along with me. And I felt thankful for all the powerful women who have pulled me along with them.

One of the highlights of the night was meeting Dolores Huerta, activist, and co-founder of the National Farmworkers Association (which later became the United Farm Workers). I was a bit embarrassed that I didn’t know who she was initially. I almost felt angry with myself and with my history classes that I didn’t know who she was since she is left out of textbooks and lectures. But I think that experience really strengthened my understanding of the importance of the organization Look What She Did! There are so many women just like Dolores who aren’t talked about as much despite their vital contributions to society. Later at school when learning about Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers, I made sure to tell everyone about Dolores and what she did as well.

Before I walked into the room, I didn’t know anything about the organization or its mission. But instantly I was welcomed into their community by founders Julie Hébert and Jill Klein and Producing Director Courtney Graham. When I found out their story, I was immediately inspired, but I was particularly moved by how palpable their passion for this project is. I couldn’t wait to share all of the videos with my friends, and after this incredible event, I left knowing that I had to get involved. I’m so excited to be joining the LWSD! team as a youth adviser and blogger!

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Jill Klein on the Keenly Observant Maria Sibylla Merian

By | 2018-06-22T14:28:27+00:00 June 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+00:00 June 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+00:00 May 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+00:00 March 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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April Wolfe on Pancho Barnes

By | 2017-03-14T07:12:30+00:00 March 14th, 2017|New Interview Announcement, LWSD! Announcement|

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Want to know about an outrageous woman who broke all the rules with humor and an unshakeable sense of self? Take a break with Pancho Barnes, a fearless woman who:

  • escaped kidnappers by riding a horse across Mexico dressed as a man—
  • repeatedly said ‘No!” to authority, standing up for herself and others—
  • beat Amelia Earhart’s speed record— and much more.

My favorite quote from this interview:

“If you want to ask for a raise, Pancho Barnes is your spirit animal.”

Check out this week’s video with writer/filmmaker April Wolfe talking about a bold adventuress who’ll capture your imagination and win your heart!

As you know, we’re in the middle of our crowdfunding campaign and though we’re doing well, we’ve hit a bit of a plateau. If you’ve been meaning to give but haven’t gotten around to it—we’d be most grateful if you did.

And why not make your donation in the name of a woman who’s made a difference in your life? We’ll shout out your appreciation for her on social media.  You’ll feel great, we’ll feel great, love all around.


April Wolfe on the Indomitable Pancho Barnes.

This one will make you smile. Pass it on.


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Elisa Bocanegra on María Irene Fornés

By | 2017-03-07T07:51:33+00:00 March 7th, 2017|New Interview Announcement, LWSD! Announcement|

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]My generous friends!

I am blown away by the response we’ve received for Look What She Did! this first week. The outpouring of support indicates how much LWSD is resonating with folks and it certainly gives us energy to go forward. Thank you to our first week donors.

This week we I am thrilled to share a moving interview with Elisa Bocanegra telling us about a dear mentor of hers… and mine… the amazing María Irene Fornés. You’ll be happy to know about this Cuban-American force of nature, a woman has directly inspired me in my work as a writer and director.

I hope our videos make you think of the strong, talented women who inspire YOU. As we continue in our month of fundraising I ask you to consider making a gift to Look What She Did! in honor of a strong woman. There’s no better time than Women’s History Month to honor the women who have shaped who we are today.

Thank you for sticking with LWSD. I am continuously inspired by your kind commitment to us.



Elisa Bocanegra on Spirited María Irene Fornés

This one is close to my heart. Irene Fornés is my dear friend and inspiration. If not for her I would not have written my first play. Theater artist Elisa Bocanegra tells us the story of this high-spirited, brilliant Cuban émigré who was more dedicated to art and writing than anyone I’ve ever known. An artist, through and through, she was also a teacher, and her unconventional, humanistic, imagistic point of view has guided hundreds and hundreds of writers, Latinos and others as well. We give you this moving interview with love and deep admiration for our Irene.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Grace Lee on Grace Lee Boggs

By | 2018-06-22T12:25:35+00:00 March 1st, 2017|New Interview Announcement|

Happy Wednesday, my friends. Today we launch our one month fundraising initiative and I’m so happy to say we’re already on our way with donations from many of our friends and supporters.

Click here ( to see our intro video which shows you who we are behind-the-scenes and what we’re about.

Throughout March, Women’s History Month, we’ll be releasing a new video each week. We’re kicking off our campaign with an interview with filmmaker Grace Lee telling us about activist Grace Lee Boggs, a woman ahead of her time with an inspiring message for us at this moment in our history. (Once you click the link to our home page you can scroll down to find the interview.)

We’re also celebrating our one-year anniversary as an official non-profit. It’s been an incredibly busy time — we’ve produced over two dozen interviews, gathered a strong Board of Directors, expanded our audience and developed a plan for the future that includes partnerships with schools, museums and community groups.

With your help we’ll do our first out-of-town shoot this summer, filming women in Tech in Silicon Valley, women in Science in Berkeley, and women in the Arts in Sausalito. We are growing into a thriving, sustainable operation with national impact. We’re a little company with a big vision and we hope you will stand with us in support of our mission.

Join us by donating now when your dollars mean so much.

Thank you for supporting LWSD! Join us in rewriting history, one woman at a time.


Grace Lee on Grace Lee Boggs

Okay, so— here’s a woman WAY ahead of her time. Activist/philosopher Grace Lee Boggs, a Chinese-American woman who grew up in Queens, born to immigrant parents, dedicated her prodigious intellect and great heart to the causes of civil rights for African-Americans in Detroit. How’d she get there, this young girl out on her own, invisible because of racism, poverty and gender? Listen to filmmaker Grace Lee tell the fascinating — and relevant— story of a woman who made a difference.

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Judy Chaikin on the Swinging Lil Hardin.

By | 2018-06-22T13:19:41+00:00 February 26th, 2017|New Interview Announcement|

Hello friends,

Here’s our latest video on jazz marvel Lil Hardin, told to us by filmmaker Judy Chaikin. I know you’ve heard of Lil’s husband— Louis Armstrong— but you may not know about Lil, a genius in her own right. Check it out.

Also, I’m excited to announce we’re launching our first fundraising campaign during the month of March, Women’s History Month.

We’re thinking about it as a month of Creativity and have been working away on a series of new videos, which we’ll post at the beginning of each week. (We’ve got some good ones on the way…) We’ll also be sharing stories and anecdotes across social media, celebrating lots of astonishing women.

Our goal is to raise $15,000 which will be used for our first out-of-town shoot in the Bay Area this summer. We’ll be in Silicon Valley filming women in Tech, in Berkeley with women in Science, and in Sausalito interviewing women in the Arts.

When we started this backyard video project we had no idea it would connect with so many people. Our videos have been shared thousands of times and are being used in classrooms around the country. As we build our library, expand our audience and develop partnerships with schools, museums, and community groups, we realize the moment is right for us to grow into a thriving, sustainable company with national impact.

We’d love your help to make this happen.

Right now, as we prepare for our campaign on March 1st, I ask you to share Look What She Did! with your family, friends, co-workers and neighbors. It’s easy. The videos are short, friendly, informative, and pretty inspiring. A sweet distraction that’s good for you and doesn’t add to your waistline.

Please go to our website (, find your favorite video and forward it to folks who would enjoy it. This small action will mean so much to us, and your friends and family will thank you.

Thanks for sticking with us. You’ve been our first community, our founding audience, so to speak, and we are so grateful for your presence and your support.


Julie Hébert

Click here for Judy Chaikin on the Swinging Lil Hardin.

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Roy Dean Grant Finalist

By | 2016-12-05T20:05:26+00:00 December 5th, 2016|Uncategorized, Look What She Did! Announcement, LWSD! Announcement|

Look What She Did! Is a finalist for the Roy W Dean film grant and we could not be more thrilled and honored. It’s the first grant we’ve applied for as a brand new non-profit and we feel gratified that our work is connecting with folks. Keep your fingers crossed for us. Thanks!

For more about the Roy Dean Grant and the important contributions they make click here.