I feel as though it’s been a month since I’ve blogged. Last Thursday, I jetted ‘cross country to San Fran for the AJLI Annual Conference. It was my favorite conference to date. Each and every speaker was motivating and inspiring, and I’m all energized and chomping at the bit, even through my jet lag.
I was blown away when I snagged my hospitality bag from the table. I certainly wasn’t expecting a copy of San Francisco Flavors.
Why yes, that’s an Amazon link. Amazon and the other “big box” bookstore online and likely near you, are very, VERY good to Junior Leagues and their cookbooks. If you don’t know JL cookbooks, then … you should. They’re first-rate, and the proceeds support the League on the cover’s local programs and the mission all Leagues share – to provide trained volunteers, to develop the potential of women, and to improve their communities. (Paraphrased thanks to the phenomenal Carol Scott’s PDI hint!)
The two speakers that really moved me were Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the woman behind Miss Representation and the ever-inspiring Ann Milling, the force behind Women of the Storm. I have had the distinct privilege of hearing Ann speak twice now, and if she can’t convince you that one woman can change the world… no one can. Ann is now the newest Mary Harriman Award winner, which (in my opinion) is the crowned jewel of the AJLI awards given annually.
I confess here that I wasn’t excited about our private screening of Miss Representation. I remember the intital social media campaign, but like some of you who might have burned your bras in the 1960s, I’ve done my time in the trenches, and I am guilty of resting on my laurels. Yes, the fire service accepts women now, almost without any bias or overt discrimination. Yay for me, and all of us on the front lines who made that possible, but again… that was one battle. The war isn’t over.
Let me know if you’ve watched Miss Representation, taken the pledge, etc. Let me know too if you think it’s militant feminism and you want no parts of it; I’ll put you in touch with Jennifer and her staff.
Has the smell of fresh-popped popcorn ever led you to a thought-provoking film?