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Anna Thomas on the Persevering Carobeth Laird

By | 2018-03-22T05:52:34+00:00 July 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.

Julie

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 | 2017-06-28T00:55:23+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.

Julie

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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LWSD! August shoot

By | 2016-09-28T19:54:28+00:00 September 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 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

Documentary filmmaker Grace Lee on Civil Rights activist Grace Lee Boggs

Documentary filmmaker Grace Lee on Civil Rights activist Grace Lee Boggs

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

Theater Critic Sylvie Drake on the mind-blowing Queen Hatshepsut of Eqypt

Theater Critic Sylvie Drake on the mind-blowing Queen Hatshepsut of Eqypt

Writer/director Julliette Carrillo on writer/director Jo Anne Akalaitis

Writer/director Julliette Carrillo on writer/director Jo Anne Akalaitis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had an absolute blast and can’t wait to show you these new stories! Keep an eye out for the new ones but meanwhile check out our other videos at https://lookwhatshedid.com/index.php/videos/

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

By | 2016-04-07T06:32:51+00:00 April 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.


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Director Roberta Levitow conjured up Rose Mbowa, known as Mother Uganda, a woman who said no to Idi Amin.


Playwright Alice Tuan reminded us of Rachel Crothers a woman who wrote and directed plays on Broadway before women had the right to vote.

Playwright Alice Tuan reminded us of Rachel Crothers a woman who wrote and directed plays on Broadway before women had the right to vote article source.


Business leader Melinda White extolled the virtues of her mentor CEO Maggie Wilderotter, one of the most influential business women in America.

Business leader Melinda White extolled the virtues of her mentor CEO Maggie Wilderotter, one of the most influential business women in America.


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


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


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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!