Last week, LWP's Janet and Christine found themselves at a most unusual venue - the Holiday Ballroom Dance Classic in Las Vegas. How did they end up there? This week's blog
is inspired by a woman, Sophia, who decided she wanted to put dancing back into her life. Sophia's decision to resume dancing demonstrates a basic premise of the Leading Women Project - to find your inner leader and be your own leading woman. How often do you think about something you want to do but don't take action? This week LWP wants to hear from you about times you wish you have successfully pursued what you wanted or wish you would have done so. Share your stories in the response box at the end of this weeks blog.
What LWP is doing
LWP Chris and LWP Janet are attended the NYC film premiere, In the Land of Blood and Honey, directed by Angelina Jolie. The movie tells the story of a Bosnian Serb and Muslim who fall in love before the Bosnian war and depicts how the war impacts each of them in unexpected ways, in a society where neighbors, friends and relatives turn on each other based solely on ethnicity. It is graphic, compelling and wonderfully written/directed by Jolie.
Milestone Monday salutes Hilary Clinton for speaking out in support of gay rights last week. The US will leverage access to foreign aid to combat nations who criminalize homosexuality or abuse gay men, lesbians, bisexuals or transgendered people. Applause for standing up for human rights. Within a few day, the President of Malawi
released a gay couple, who had been imprisoned, who had been tried and found guilty of breaking Malawi's anti-gay laws. The President still calls it a "crime against nature" but agreed to "pardon them and therefore ask for their immediate release with no conditions... I have done this on humanitarian grounds."
Women, Oppression & Opportunity
The Skirball Center (LA), is hosting a moving exhibit about women around the world, based on the book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. Check out the exhibit with stories of the successes and failures with regard to sex trafficking, maternal health and women learning skills to help rebuild families and communities in post-conflict countries.