The Historic Ebell of Los Angeles, a women’s club founded in 1894, will kick off Women’s History Month with a virtual benefit to support Look What SHE Did! a non-profit documenting stories of incredible female achievement.
On Sunday morning, March 6, the Ebell of Los Angeles and the nonprofit organization Look What SHE Did! will partner to celebrate Women’s History Month with a live streamed one-hour virtual benefit program beginning at 11:00 a.m. The event will be hosted by Ebell club member and acclaimed actress Sharon Lawrence.
The virtual event, which also kicks off Look What SHE Did’s month long annual fundraising drive, will honor and feature lifelong defender of women’s rights and former President of Planned Parenthood Faye Wattleton. She will be introduced by trailblazing studio executive Sherry Lansing. The event will also feature short films and live stories of several remarkable women. Ebell members and others are invited to support the vital mission of Look What SHE Did! by attending this inspiring event virtually.
Founded by Ebell member Julie Hébert and chaired by Ebell member Janna Bodek Harris, Look What SHE Did! share the same mission of supporting and celebrating women, which is why the two organizations have done events together in the past.
“The Ebell of Los Angeles was founded in 1894 by a handful of women to educate and empower women. Today, our mission has evolved to be a women-led and women-focused arts and cultural campus that serves all of Los Angeles,” said Ebell Vice President Laurie Schechter. “Our partnership with Look What SHE Did! makes perfect sense given their focus on women and how closely our missions align with one another.”
The mission of Look What SHE Did! is to inspire women and girls to greatness by bringing to light stories of remarkable women who changed the world. The organization, run by veteran female film and television professionals, creates short films featuring female storytellers celebrating the women who inspire them. In telling these important stories of trailblazing women, many of whom have been left out of history, the organization is creating a lasting testament to women’s achievement. Started in 2016, the organization has now created a collection of more than 120 films featuring the stories of women from many different backgrounds who have done amazing things throughout history. It also recently entered into a licensing alliance with the National Women’s History Museum in Washington, D.C. in order to bring these vital stories to a broader national audience.
The 2022 Look What SHE Did! honoree Faye Wattleton served as co-founder of the Center for the Advancement of Women, an independent nonpartisan think tank. For fourteen years she was President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and was the youngest woman and first African-American to serve in that position, leading the international organization to become the seventh-largest nonprofit institution. She developed the organization’s extensive national grassroots advocacy network and exponentially expanded their reproductive health care services. Wattleton is also an inductee of the National Women’s Hall of Fame.
Event speaker Sherry Lansing is the first woman to have headed a major film studio (20th Century Fox) and later served as Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures. She was involved in the production, marketing and distribution of more than 200 films, including Academy Award winners Forrest Gump, Braveheart and Titanic. In 2005, she founded The Sherry Lansing Foundation, which is dedicated to raising funds for cancer research.
Event host Sharon Lawrence is an award-winning television and stage actress. She has appeared in numerous television shows, and is best known for her role as Sylvia Costas Sipowicz in the drama series NYPD Blue, for which she received three Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. An accomplished theatre actress, Lawrence has also performed on stages here in Los Angeles and on Broadway. She was the winner of an L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award and was nominated for an Ovation Award.
Look What SHE Did! will close out Women’s History Month with a virtual salon on Sunday, March 27, focusing on Olympian and Paralympian female athletes. This exciting event will feature live screenings of two short films followed by conversations with panelists including Olympic athlete Barbra Higgins, and Paralympic athletes Katy Sullivan and Anjali Forber-Pratt.
Tickets for the Women’s History Month Virtual Benefit on March 6, 2022 are $50 and can be purchased at www.lookwhatshedid.com. Event sponsorships start at just $250 and are available at www.lookwhatshedid.com/sponsorships.
Funds raised during 2022 Women’s History Month will help Look What SHE Did! continue its valuable work in the coming year which will includes a series on female activists in the California Central Valley, female politicians in Los Angeles, and an LGBTQ series in West Hollywood.
For more information, head to www.lookwhatshedid.com or contact [email protected].