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Robin Morgan On The Status Of Women In Media, WMC and Her Radio Show

March 29, 2014

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Robin Morgan

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Robin Morgan: She’s an award-winning journalist, the author of 21 books, a political activist and a co-founder of the Women’s Media Center along with Gloria Steinem and Jane Fonda. She is also the host of WMC Live with Robin Morgan Radio Show. Robin talks with TWE Radio host Stacey Gualandi about the status of women in media, how WMC is making women visible and powerful in the media, training women and girls in media skills and creating a databse of women experts, SheSource.

Star-Studded Event Honoring Somaly Mam Launches Women A.R.E.

Stacey Gualandi and Somaly Mam with founders, Angella Nazarian and Beth Friedman

Stacey, Somaly Mam and founders Angella Nazarian and Beth Friedman
Photo: Stephanie Keenan/wire image

By Stacey Gualandi/January 28, 2013

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Heavy rain, snarled traffic and car accidents on Sunset Boulevard couldn’t keep almost 200 of Los Angeles’ most respected and top female leaders from attending the launch of Women A.R.E. in Beverly Hills last Friday.

Jane Fonda, Daryl Hannah and AnnaLynne McCord were just a few of the influential women who gathered for an intimate and rare conversation with CNN Hero Somaly Mam, a former Cambodian sex slave who is at the forefront of efforts to end human trafficking.

Somaly mam's lecturing at Women's A.R.E. event

Somaly Mam speaking/Photo: Stefanie Keenan/wire image

This is the first such event for Women A.R.E., founded just a few months ago by author and motivational speaker Angella Nazarian, and Beth Friedman, social entrepreneur and tireless education advocate in Los Angeles. Their mission is to “aspire, respond, and engage,” and after hearing from many of the women in attendance, these forward-thinking founders did just that.

I was honored to attend this Salon, one of several planned for 2013.  Ms. Nazarian was a recent guest of mine on our TWE radio show; I met Somaly Mam at a 2011 Los Angeles event for her Foundation; and Jane Fonda has been featured many times on this site, so this event was tailor-made for The Women’s Eye.

According to Friedman, who opened up her beautiful private residence for this launch, Women A.R.E. was “a year in the making.” She and Nazarian were looking for their “Act Two” and wanted to use their collective resources in an effective way to promote and foster new ideas when it comes to entrepreneurship, work-life issues, and health and wellness.

Daryl Hannah and Stacey Gualandi at Somaly Mam Women A.R.E. event/LA

Daryl Hannah and Stacey at event

Nazarian said Somaly Mam is an important person because she “unleashed a movement on a global platform.” She has forged a transformative path – from life as a young girl in a brothel to a woman who now rescues other young girls from a life of slavery – with courage and love.

“Today, in my heart, I’m a happy woman,” said a humble Somaly. She has achieved that through forgiveness and the love she shares and receives with the 7000 girls she has saved. But the statistics are daunting. Every minute, two girls are sold into slavery across the globe.

In just the time that all of these women came together, 240 girls had been sold. However, Somaly remains steadfast in her commitment to educating and empowering these young women despite the challenges.

If the success of this first event is any indication, Nazarian and Friedman can feel confident about their plans for the 2013 Women A.R. E. Conference set for November 2013.   And you can be sure, The Women’s Eye will be there.

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More photos from the event:

AnnaLynn McCord and sister Rachel at Women A.R.E. event in Beverly Hills/1-25-13

Actress AnnaLynne McCord and sister Rachel

Somaly Mam, Jane Fonda, Angella Nazarian at Women A.R.E. event

Somaly Mam, Jane Fonda, Angella Nazarian at Women A.R.E. event
Photo: Stephanie Keenan/wire image

Somaly Mam's book, Road of Lost Innocence

Somaly Mam’s book, “The Road of Lost Innocence”

The Ultimate Women’s Expo/Los Angeles

Ultimate Women's Expo

By Stacey Gualandi/October 10, 2011

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There’s nothing quite like sharing a relaxing spa day with Jane Fonda, Tatum O’Neal, and thousands of other women. I’m totally serious. I recently attended the Ultimate Women’s Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center, a two-day extravaganza filled with massages, makeovers, shopping, cooking demos, hair styling, celebrity authors and psychic readings…everything under the sun to make even the most stressed out woman take a deep breath.

Massages at Women's Expo

Massages...

It was the second stop on a four-city tour – Phoenix is on tap next – and has become one of the nation’s largest women’s expos to combine shopping, speakers and services for an ultimate estrogen experience, all under one roof.

Cooking Demos

Cooking Demos...

Of course, the big draw was a dizzying list of keynote speakers, which read like a TV rerun of my teenage years:

Dynasty’s Linda Evans, Hart to Hart’s Stefanie Powers, The Brady Bunch’s Florence Henderson, Family Ties’ Meredith Baxter and I Dream of Jeannie’s Barbara Eden.

Stacey and Florence Henderson

Florence Henderson and Stacey

These Hollywood icons – and now best-selling authors – share one thing in common: the wisdom they’ve earned from lives filled with ups, downs, good times and bad, big wins as well as devastating losses. They sold books full of life lessons like it was candy, and I took a handful.

“I hope the words in my book are both helpful and healing,” said Broadway actress, Wesson spokeswoman and, of course, everyone’s favorite Brady, Florence Henderson. She had us all at “Here’s the story…”

Audience at Women’s Expo

Audience at Women’s Expo

She gave a rousing speech on finding the courage to fulfill one’s dreams. She’s glad fans are discovering there is more to her than just Carol Brady, but admits retracing a childhood of poverty and abandonment in her new candid memoir “Life is Not a Stage” wasn’t easy.

“When you’re living it, you don’t really stop and think about what you’re in. The toughest part for me in writing the book was to go back and look at some things that weren’t pretty,” she admitted.

Barbara Eden

Barbara Eden signing books

Barbara Eden says writing “Jeannie Out of the Bottle” ten years after her son’s drug overdose was anything but cathartic.

She said, “I’m happy I did it, but it’s tough to live your life again. I hope whatever I have put in my book is helpful in some way to someone somewhere. I just wish that I had known about things as much as when I was living those things.”

With wisdom, of course, comes age. The consensus at this convention was these stars-with-memoirs have all aged gracefully. And they wouldn’t give up anything now to be younger.

Jane Fonda book“I lost my eyesight, but I’ve gained insight,” said Jane Fonda, who at age 74 claims she’s happier than she’s ever been. Her new book “Prime Time” addresses life after 50, and covers everything from “physics to penile implants.” She recommends that everyone write a “life review” to discover who they really are.

“Real love and intimacy happens when you’re standing on your own two feet. You can’t have intimacy if you don’t love yourself. Look, I came to LA to get a new knee and got a new lover,” she proclaimed.

“Writing your life” was a recurrent theme. At 69, Linda Evans admits her decision to finally pen “Recipes for Life”, her cookbook full of memories, was an incredible adventure. “It took me so much longer than I thought but it taught me so much. I got so many gifts from this book. I want to tell everyone to look back at their life because you can see with new eyes how it led you to where you are now.”

Stacey and Linda Evans

Stacey and Linda Evans

They came to inspire, but many of the speakers took time to enjoy the expo too. Meredith Baxter said, “I think it’s always great when they reach out to women. Women are the moving forces, the biggest shoppers, they are going to move commerce along.”

Attorney-turned-novelist Marcia Clark did some retail therapy of her own after signing her book “Guilt By Association” for fans, as did Stefanie Powers.

Stefanie Powers book

The “One From the Hart” author also had a booth at the Expo to benefit her William Holden Wildlife Foundation. Her message was simple: nourish yourself inside as well as on the outside.

“It all starts from within. We have to empower ourselves on a daily basis even if we never leave the house. I think of it as looking upon ourselves as being as perfect as we possibly can see ourselves to be. It’s only inhibited by our inability to see just how good we can be. Hey, I didn’t say it was easy.”

No one knows that better than Tatum O’Neal, who has written her second memoir “Found, A Daughter’s Journey Home.” She said she was honored to be a part of an event like this and as the final keynote speaker, she spoke openly about sobriety, forgiveness, and above all else, trusting women.

“The people who are going to support me in my life are not going to be the men who are attracted to me, but the women pillars, friends, advocates. It’s going to be those women who are going to get me through my life’s challenges.”

To learn more about upcoming Expo dates, go to the Ultimate Women’s Expo website.