April Wolfe on Pancho Barnes

By |2017-03-14T07:12:30-08:00March 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 |2017-03-07T07:51:33-08:00March 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 |2018-06-22T12:25:35-08:00March 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 (lookwhatshedid.causevox.com) 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 |2018-06-22T13:19:41-08:00February 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 (lookwhatshedid.com), 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 |2016-12-05T20:05:26-08:00December 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.

LWSD! August shoot

By |2018-06-28T18:03:30-08:00September 28th, 2016|Uncategorized, Photos, New Interview Announcement, Look What She Did! Announcement, LWSD! Announcement, Behind the Scenes, Storytellers|

We completed our latest Look What She Did! shoot at the end of August in Julie’s backyard (and two in the front yard– we got wild). Our all-gal crew was amazing (!) and we filmed nine interviews in just one weekend, our biggest shoot ever. Two incredible, inspiring days filled with crazy-great women talking about other crazy-great women. Stay tuned, we’ll be posting new videos soon.

Here are some of our newest co-conspirators (click on image to enlarge):

Downtown Women's Shelter communications director Ann-Sophie Morisette on homeless advocate Mollie Lowery

Downtown Women’s Shelter communications director Ann-Sophie Morisette on homeless advocate Mollie Lowery

Musician/writer April Wolfe on badass aviator Pancho Barnes (yes, she's a woman...)

Musician/writer April Wolfe on badass aviator Pancho Barnes (yes, she’s a woman…)

Playwright Laural Meade on suffragette Sara Bard Field

Playwright Laural Meade on suffragette Sara Bard Field

Filmmaker Tamar Halpem on journalist Nellie Bly

Filmmaker Tamar Halpem on journalist Nellie Bly

Actress Elisa Bocanegra on playwright Maria Irene Fornes

Actress Elisa Bocanegra on playwright Maria Irene Fornes

Screenwriter Anna Thomas on anthropologist Carobeth Laird

Screenwriter Anna Thomas on anthropologist Carobeth Laird

Sonay Hoffman and the Revolutionary Hannah Crafts

By |2016-07-16T23:15:43-08:00July 16th, 2016|New Interview Announcement|

Hi friends,

Take a look at the newest addition to the Look What She Did! Family!

Writer Sonay Hoffman tells the story of Hannah Crafts, a former slave who risked everything to write her novel. As a slave and later, during her daring escape, the self-taught Hannah secretly penned a historic narrative whose discovery and worldwide reception over 150 years later would have been unimaginable then. We hope you’re as inspired by Hannah’s bravery and passion as we are! Visit our VIDEOS page to watch the full video.

Our First Board Meeting and Susie Landau Finch on Milena Canonero

By |2016-06-06T03:08:24-08:00June 6th, 2016|New Interview Announcement, Look What She Did! Announcement, LWSD! Announcement|

We’re delighted to tell you Look What She Did! is now a Federal 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We convened the first meeting of our Founding Board of Directors on Sunday May 15th, 2016. It was an inspiring gathering of brilliant women in support of our project and we are truly grateful for their wisdom and vision as we create a sustainable organization to celebrate women of achievement long into the future <a href=

Look What She Did! Website Launch

By |2016-04-07T18:45:27-08:00April 7th, 2016|New Interview Announcement, Look What She Did! Announcement, LWSD! Announcement|

We are so excited to launch the official website for our backyard video project: Look What She Did!

This will be your hub for all things Look What She Did! We will continue to pack it full of stories of amazing woman doing incredible things. It’s time to get these women on the radar so they can continue to inspire this generation and generations to come cloud collaboration tools.

Please explore the site and enjoy our videos, including a brand new addition: Cyndi Finkle on Julia Margaret Cameron. Find out how this 19th Century photographer not only changed the way we view photography, but also changed the path of Cyndi’s professional life!

Check back often as we continue to add new videos… and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Look What She Did! Behind the Scenes – Dec. 5, 2014

By |2018-06-28T18:07:29-08:00April 7th, 2016|Photos, Behind the Scenes, Storytellers|

Here are a few photos from our two-day Look What She Did! shoot in Julie’s Backyard…

We had Dr. Julie Sgarzi speaking about Jungian analyst Gilda Frantz who at 87 has just published her first book.

Activist attorney Ruth Cusick told us about Magdalena Aguirre a woman who escaped the civil war in El Salvador then sent money back to her family over the years to fund a family compound of four houses.

We had a blast listening to the stories of these amazing women and recording them for you. The edited interviews will be posted soon.


Meanwhile, hearty thanks to our generous and talented crew this time around, including DP Ellie Ann Fenton (seen here with Director Julie Hébert.)


The crew also includes Producer and Sound Engineer Courtney Graham, Producer and Bon Vivant Jill Klein, and thank-god-they-know-how-to-do-this-stuff Editors Farrel Levy and Franzis Muller.

This project couldn’t happen without a lot of women giving a lot of time and we are so grateful to you all. More fun to come!