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Laural Meade on the Intrepid Sara Bard Field

By | 2018-03-22T06:24:17+00:00 August 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—
Julie

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+00:00 July 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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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.

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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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 (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.

Cheers—

Julie Hébert

Click here for Judy Chaikin on the Swinging Lil Hardin.

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