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Monthly Archives: February 2012

Jane: Woman of Action!

Lily: “Why are women important?”

Jane: “We don’t want to waste more than half the talent in the world.  Women in history have generally played a subservient role, and that’s a waste of talent.”

Today I interviewed Jane Hiatt, an innovative, adventurous, and passionate woman devoted to living a life that helps empower women! She is one of the founders of the Women’s Fund of Mississippi, which is dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls in MS.  She remembers growing up in a world akin to “Mad Men” where womens’ opinions were discounted as unimportant and where the only expected career choices for female college graduates were wife and/or teacher.  As a woman in that time, in the south, she found that the “boy’s club” was definitely in power; however, she still rose to several positions of prominence and power, one being the Director of the Humanities Council of Tennessee… This is a woman who did not accept societal limits!

She helped start the Women’s Fund in 2002 because she and some of her colleagues realized the need for Mississippi women to be empowered!

I was humbled and excited to hear her stories and look forward to sharing some of them with you!  It was so interesting meeting with a woman who has seen so many, and who has broken so many “glass ceilings.”  She has seen women’s status grow to new heights, but believes there is still much room for women’s opportunity to grow.  To Jane, empowering women is integral in making the world a better place for all, and I couldn’t agree more.

Interview with Jane to come… Stay tuned!

Why women are awesome? Galentine’s Day…

Happy Galentine’s Day! On February 13th, we celebrated our gals by interviewing women AND men about why women are important…. the result: this video with answers that range from irreverent to insightful.  “LET’S MAKE GALENTINE’S DAY A NATIONAL HOLIDAY!”

Chelsea: BOLD SmartGirl in the South!

Meet Chelsea!  She is strong, she is smart, and she is PASSIONATE about girls and their power!  Please watch our chat as she talks about her role models and what it is like to live as a BOLD woman in the south!

Chelsea is an inspiration and I hope you all enjoy her story!

Girls are changing our world! Stay tuned for their stories…

Calling all people!  Smart girls are LIVING OUT LOUD!

SmartGirlsOutLoud is a blog dedicated to sharing the stories of the incredible girls and women that surround us every day!  We will be interviewing women and girls from all over the country and posting their interviews on this site!  These remarkable people will give us an inside look into what it means to live, work, and play with passion as women and girls in our world.   Please stay tuned for the stories of these inspiring people!

Until then, here is a video about just some of the smart girls in Jackson, Mississippi!  It is an homage to Smart Girls at the Party (www.smartgirlsattheparty.com) which believes that girls can change the world by being themselves… Here at SmartGirlsOutLoud we totally agree:)