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Breaking the Ice: Get to Know The She Said Project

That’s What She Said is here to amplify the voices and experiences of everyday women — because each woman is extraordinary. What began as a one-night-only show celebrating women’s stories in Champaign-Urbana has developed into a podcast, a teen empowerment program, a way to pay it forward, a community of women supporting women, and so much more.

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While the pandemic has affected all of us, women have been impacted the most. That impact has led the president and chief executive of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research C. Nicole Mason to say, “We should go ahead and call this a ‘shecession.’’  Shescession is a term based on the fact that the Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported that the unemployment rate for adult women rose from 3.1% to 15 %, factor in childcare, or increased responsibilities around the house and you really start to see an unfortunate image take shape. With this in mind, That’s What She Said is reinvigorating its approach to support and empower women across the country.

That’s What She Said is here to amplify the voices and experiences of everyday women — because each woman is extraordinary. What began as a one-night-only show celebrating women’s stories in Champaign-Urbana has developed into a podcast, a teen empowerment program, a way to pay it forward, a community of women supporting women, and so much more.

The goal? 

In short, to make the world a better place for our daughters, your daughters, and every generation of women to come. 

By giving a platform for women to share their stories, we hope to help empower other women to know that through all their highs, lows, growth, and celebrations, they are never alone. We create a safe space for women to come together and share the belly laughs, the ugly cries and everything in between. 

What stories do we elevate?

We hosted Marie Hale, Founder and CEO of @revenue, to talk about the losses of both her husband and her best friend, and her battle with skin cancer — and how she still puts on her red lipstick and continues to change the world despite it all.

We talked with Bloomington-Normal cast member, Genevieve Pilon, who shared the story of her painful journey discovering and accepting herself as gay, and the confidence and self-love she now holds.

We also spoke with Meenu Bhaskar, born and raised in India, a male-dominated culture, how she has learned to really take charge of her own life, and her hope to encourage other young women to do the same.

These stories, and yours, have the power to inspire, comfort, uplift, and empower. 

As ever, we are committed to our mission of supporting women through the power of storytelling and shaping the future for every young woman living in or emerging into our chaotic world.

To make this a success, we are so excited to be revamping and reinvigorating our blog and written content to continue showcasing the incredible lives of women across the country! It’s our hope that these written testimonials will meet women at the most pivotal moments in their lives, and empower them to tell their own stories in turn.

We’re also launching our NEW website and visual identity to give an updated face to our movement! We can’t wait to share it with you, and we hope you’ll keep updated on our process by following us on our social media channels! You can find us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.  

Most importantly, we want to get to know you better. Whether you have a story to share yourself, or you want to learn how to bring a live She Said event to your town, we want to hear from you! There will never be a wrong time to support women and cultivate spaces to share experiences and laugh, cry, and grow together, but this time is especially right.

When we at The She Said Project, look into the future, we see possibilities. There are so many opportunities for connection, support, and relationships to be built among the extraordinary women in our lives and communities, and it’s our mission to facilitate that. We wish all this and more for you, and we are so grateful you are joining us to raise women’s voices, one story at a time! 

Interested in bringing The She Said Project to your community? Let us know!

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