August 26 is Women’s Equality Day, officially celebrating the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting women the right to vote. The long struggle to secure the right to vote is an interesting story, filled with lots of interesting characters.
In observance of the day, the nonprofit media organization project “Look What She Did,” founded by Longwood Highlands resident Julie Hébert and friend Jill Klein and which celebrates unknown female powerhouses, has released a new video about Sara Bard Field, a suffragist who made a treacherous, historic drive across the country to gain half a million signatures for women’s suffrage. The short video tale is told by local writer Laural Meade.
“We celebrate the fearless women who fought for decades to secure this basic right,” wrote Hébert in an email to friends and supporters. Founded just five years ago, Hebért and her colleagues have created more 130 films thourgh Look What She Did, all available for free, featuring the stories of remarkable women who have changed the world, in the hope of inspiring women and girls to achieve their own greatness.
“What’s so special about our process is that our story tellers choose who they want to speak about, and that passion really comes through in the film and we learn a lot about women who we have never heard of,” Hébert told the Buzz this morning.
In this case, Laural Meade had previously written a play about the trip Sara Bard Field took across the country. Meade is a writer, musician and educator based in Los Angeles. Her plays for adults center on American politics around the turn of the 20th Century, and her plays for young people are told mostly with sound and images. In addition to her work with theater students at Occidental College, she’s the Choir Director for The Secret City, an arts organization that presents salon-ceremony-peformance celebrations of everyday creative life.
Hébert said she’s about to launch a new website that will allow readers to search stories by series and is currently beginning a partnership with the National Women’s History Museum, hoping to take its place on the National Mall in Washington D.C. sometime in the near future.
When asked how she’s celebrating the day, Hébert said she’d be on Larchmont at the dentist. (The strangeness of these COVID-19 times makes a mundane trip to the dentist rather momentous.)
At the Buzz, we are celebrating by logging into a webinar with Mayor Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, and the Getty House Board of Directors, in partnership with the Civil and Human Rights Department and the Los Angeles Commission, on the Status of Women. The program features actress Mindy Kayling, advisor to former President Barak Obama Valerie Jarret, Aimee Allison, Founder and President of She the People, and María Teresa Kumar, Founding President of Voto Latino and Emmy-nominated MSNBC contributor.