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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

We Did It For You: An Interview with Patty Turrell

With her background in Human Resources and Operations Management, Patty Turrell has the natural ability to organize teams and get things done. Eight years ago she started The Women’s Journey Conference, an event that empowers women and builds self esteem in young girls. Many of the young girls that attend this event are from various foster care organizations throughout the Orange County, California area. Patty realizes the dire need to help young girls with their confidence and has produced a specialized program to help young girls overcome their insecurities. The conference is FREE to all girls between the ages of 8 to 18.

From the Women’s Journey Conference an idea was born to create a play to further educate and empower women and girls. The play We Did It For You focuses on the challenges women have faced throughout history while celebrating their historical achievements. The play is a virtual history lesson filled with song, dance, comedic moments and compelling dialogue. It is Patty’s goal to take this play into schools and colleges nationwide to teach young women about the perils women faced for equality and the importance of women’s role in society today.

I was so excited to talk to Patty about her play...for which there is a Fundraiser Brunch this Sunday, November 7 at 1:00 pm in Costa Mesa, California...and all the wonderful things she does for women.

Shelly Rachanow: Tell us more about your play, We Did It For You.

Patty Turrell: The play is a historical account of the women who paved the way. We Did It For You was created to acknowledge and celebrate women's historic achievements: how they were able to affect and change the society in which they lived. This play is their story, what they did and dreamed, a depiction of the diverse and historic accomplishments of the many women who bravely stood for equality and social justice. We Did It For You is filled with music, dialogue and comedy bringing the audience from tears to laughter.

Shelly Rachanow: Why is it so important for us to preserve women’s history?

Patty Turrell: Young girls do not know and most women do not understand the history of women. Most young women of today do not realize that there was a time when women had no rights and were considered property. Much of what is in this play is not necessarily written down in history books nor is it being taught in the classroom. The danger is that if the women of today are not educated about the events of the past, they may take for granted their freedom and their independence. Women feel a sense of pride and empowerment when they understand where they have come from, the historical journey. If given the knowledge, women will continue to grow in consciousness and make changes necessary for the further development of women worldwide.

Shelly Rachanow: What are some things we can do right now to make things better for women everywhere?

Patty Turrell: First and foremost, educate yourself about the needs of women/children who may be less fortunate. Get involved with other women's organizations and participate.

Shelly Rachanow: You also founded the Women’s Journey Conference. Tell us more about that.

Patty Turrell: The Women's Journey Conference was developed to empower women and build self-esteem in young girls. On May 7, 2011 we will be hosting our 9th annual conference at UCI. We invite a host of speakers and entertainers to inspire women. The entire day is for self-discovery and celebration of the power, the spirit and the beauty in each of us. We also have a specialized self-esteem program for girls ages 8 to 18. Many of the young girls who attend are considered "at risk". These girls come from various foster care organizations throughout the OC area. Girls attend this event FREE of cost. Our goal is to offer these girls a day where they can feel secure, nurtured and encouraged.

Shelly Rachanow: How would you like things to be different for future generations of both men and women?

Patty Turrell: I would like to see women strive for even more, to be treated like equals and continue to become exceptional leaders. With that said, when women truly recognize who and what they are capable of, men too will have a better understanding of themselves by the examples that women exhibit.

Shelly Rachanow: And last, the 'If Women Ran the World Blog' question for everyone - What would you do if you ran the world?

Patty Turrell: I would build schools worldwide and provide an education for every child on the planet.

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