That’s What She Said is a platform for everyday women to share their extraordinary stories.
It all began when three friends had a desire to make the world a better place for their daughters, for your daughters, for everyone’s daughters. While sitting on the patio, watching their girls playing in the yard, the She Said Project was born.
Within days, they were planning the first ever That’s What She Said show, to showcase women living boldly, truly, fearlessly. Word spread, connections were made, and there was an overwhelming outpouring of support.
A fun one-night show, turned into another. Then another. Then a weekend full of women-centric community events. Then a web series. We realized quickly that there was no shortage of incredible women with stories to share…be it a live performance, blog post, web interview, you name it. The She Said Project continues to ebb and flow, evolve and grow. After celebrating five years of powerful, sold-out live performances for the women of Champaign-Urbana, we decided to grow our mission of women supporting women through the power of storytelling to other communities across the globe. We launched the first show in Bloomington, IL in 2019 to a packed house and started thinking about how we could share TWSS with more communities.
In 2020, the world came to a halt, but She Said continued our mission of raising women’s voices by pivoting from our live shows to producing a series of virtual shows, called “The She Said Story Sharing Showcase”. There are plans to bring “That’s What She Said” to more communities like St. Louis and Peoria as we connect with more women who believe in our mission.
Each That’s What She Said live show supports local non-profit organizations with a percentage of the ticket sales. Our She Said: Soul Journey team organized and sent dozens of women on multiple mission trips to Haiti to serve the children and staff at God’s Littlest Angels Orphanage.
In 2018, we launched That’s What Teens Say, a 3-day empowerment program for teen girls. We guided local teen girls through a 3-day intense curriculum designed to build confidence, teach creative writing and public speaking, and encourage deeper human connection. We are now sharing that program with more community organizations looking to empower teen girls.
In 2019, we took our long-running shoe drive and relaunched it as The Shoe Said Project, a partnership with Share Your Soles…so that we can have a greater global impact on women and children…one pair of shoes at a time.
We launched The She Said Project Podcast, in partnership with Illinois Public Media and endorsed by NPR, to share the incredible treasure trove of women’s stories with even more women who want to laugh, cry, and nod enthusiastically with us. This is where we will get to connect with even more women who have shared a story on the She Said stage. By resharing their stories on the podcast, we can reach a larger audience for greater impact.
We have lots of work to do…but our vision is so clear. Let’s build a stronger community and give a voice to stories that need to be told. Let’s continue to make the world a better place for everyone’s daughters.
Thank you to Kerry, Jill and Casey for their initial vision of The She Said Project.
If you are excited about the movement that is The She Said Project and want to learn how you can help, please reach out to us at SayIt@SheSaidProject.com.