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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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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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Judy Chaikin on the Swinging Lil Hardin.

By | 2018-03-22T06:20:27+00:00 February 26th, 2017|Uncategorized|

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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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.

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/

Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, check out our Instagram and Pinterest. Please tell us, who is YOUR astonishing woman?

JILL KLEIN on CLARA SHORTRIDGE FOLTZ

By | 2016-02-18T22:52:31+00:00 February 18th, 2016|Uncategorized|

So proud to present our very first Look What She Did! interview with the audacious Jill Klein.

This is a project dear to my heart where we interview great women talking about other great women who have inspired them. We’ll be posting new interviews over the next few weeks, so keep checking in here and on my Facebook page.

We just finished another shoot this past weekend of six new amazing interviews which we’ll be sharing with you in the New Year visite site.

Help us kick off Look What She Did! by forwarding the links to the interviews, liking the FB page and subscribing to our YouTube channel.

We are in the early stages of this project which I hope will go on for many years– as there are many astonishing women in the world– and we would very much appreciate your support. Thanks!

 

Look What She Did! – Behind-the-Scenes

By | 2018-03-22T06:11:35+00:00 February 18th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Sunday September 7th 2014 was the first official shoot for Julie’s new backyard video project Look What She Did! Julie Interviewed four kick-ass gals talking about women who have inspired them, women who have done amazing things to improve our world, but who are not as well-known as they should be.

Look What She Did! was created by Julie and Jill Klein after they served on jury duty at the Clara Shortridge Folts Criminal Justice Center in downtown Los Angeles, and began to wonder who the heck is Clara Shortridge Foltz and why haven’t we heard of her??? They researched her, discovered Clara’s many accomplishments, the foremost of which is that she was the first person to envision and establish the Public Defender system in the United States. Crazy. Naturally, the next thought was… imagine how many other amazing women are out there, past and present, who have done incredible things for our society but somehow are lost to history web based collaboration tools. Julie and Jill have set out to celebrate these unknown powerhouses by asking interesting women to talk about the women who have inspired them with their achievements, their fearlessness, their dedication to making the world better. We want to know about these women, we want to discuss them, we want to remember them. We are in the process of editing our first set of interviews with Jill Klein, Brighde Mullins, Zakiyyah Alexander, and Laurel Ollstein, and will let you know when you watch them online; meanwhile Julie invites you to take a behind-the-scenes peek at  Look What She Did!

This is the first installment of our journey through the lives of fascinating, accomplished women. Send us suggestions for interviews on Our Contact Page; we are collecting names!