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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Laural Meade on the Intrepid Sara Bard Field

By |2018-03-22T06:24:17-08:00August 12th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Hey there pals, here we are in the dog days of August. Hope you’re finding time to relax in the shade with a cool sip of something yummy.

Here’s a pleasant little distraction for you, our latest entertaining story about a crazy-great woman who made a difference… but we’ve never heard of her. My lovely and talented friend, Playwright/Professor Laural Meade tells a lively tale about the independent-minded political activist Sara Bard Field. Give it a listen, and pass it on. Thanks!

Stay cool—

Laural Meade on the Intrepid Sara Bard Field

“When women come together, we change the world.”

Laural Meade wrote a play about a few intrepid suffragettes who barnstormed across the country in an unreliable car, without proper maps or even paved roads, to gather half a million signatures demanding a woman’s right to vote. She came away with a great respect for all of them, but especially Sara Bard Field, orator, activist, divorcée, forward-thinker. At a time of serious societal penalties for living outside the norm, Sara had the moxie to forge her own path. Take courage from the example of Sara Bard Field.

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Youth Blog:Look What SHE Did! visits the Archer School for Girls

By |2017-07-29T20:49:04-08:00July 29th, 2017|Photos, Look What She Did! Announcement, LWSD! Announcement, Youth Blogger|

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]In life, nothing ever goes according to plan — but sometimes it’s better that way.

I realized this on Tuesday, May 2, when I invited Look What SHE Did! founders Jill Klein and Julie Hébert to speak at my high school Archer. After attending their fundraiser in March, I knew that I wanted to get involved by introducing girls at my school to the organization. Julie and I agreed that a good place to start would be for Jill and her to come to Archer to talk about the organization, its mission and watch a few of the videos.

I was hoping Jill and Julie could come during an assembly or Community Connection period, but since we only had two more weeks of school, the assembly times were full. Since I was extremely eager to get the relationship established, and didn’t want to wait until the fall, we picked out a time during an hour long X-block free period, which is a time for girls to catch up on work, go to meetings, attend presentations by guest speakers or just take a break. I attended successful presentations during X-blocks before, so I knew people would likely show up. However, I should have accepted that the final weeks of school is the most hectic time of year. I sent out an email to the school, talked to a lot of my friends who promised they’d come, but when the day of the presentation came, girls who normally would love to attend a presentation during that time were busy working away in the library or were off campus on a field trip.

Expecting a bigger crowd, I was disappointed in myself and embarrassed when only a handful of girls showed up to the presentation. I ran through a list of things I should’ve done differently in my head. I thought to myself, “I should’ve sent out more emails, I should’ve hung up flyers, I should’ve just scheduled this in the fall, I should’ve done this, I should’ve done that…” The list was endless. But when we began I realized that Julie and Jill weren’t upset at all, in fact, they seemed so happy to have an audience, no matter the size. Instead of the big presentation we had hoped for, their visit to Archer turned into a productive and valuable intimate meeting and conversation. All of us took turns sharing an inspiring woman we would choose to talk about in a Look What SHE Did! video. I began by sharing human rights activist Dolores Huerta’s journey, and my friend Rose shared the story of the chemist Rosalind Franklin. At the end of the meeting, we all left feeling excited for the partnership opportunities between the school and the organization.

This experience helped me realize that sometimes things won’t go the way you expect them to, but you can’t beat yourself up about it. I was extremely lucky that things ended up working out well in the end. Although it was a small group, they were able to talk to girls that were a good representation of our larger community. I truly admired that Julie and Jill were equally passionate and enthusiastic in front of just a handful of girls at 10 am on a Tuesday morning as they were at the fundraiser in front of a big crowd. This meeting was the first step in an exciting new relationship between Look What SHE Did! and Archer![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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

By |2017-12-01T00:12:07-08:00June 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 |2018-06-22T14:28:27-08:00June 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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