Newsletter No.34
Distribution 3,709
Where is it you want to go?
by Jodie Emmert Mrotek, STA WIF Chair                       
As 2017 draws to a close, it’s impossible not to acknowledge the powerful events that have shaped the year. The Women’s March in January was one of the largest single-day protests in U.S. history, with worldwide participation in the millions. The movie Wonder Woman became the first superhero blockbuster with both a female lead, as well as director. Finally, most recently, The Silence Breakers and the #MeToo movement was named TIME magazine’s Person of the Year. 
These events, particularly the #MeToo movement, signal a cultural shift, a reset button on our perceptions. Cultural shifts require solidarity, risk taking; they require courage and conviction to sway sentiment. Abe Lincoln once said, “Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment nothing can fail; without it, nothing can succeed.”
The number of women sharing their #MeToo moments is staggering; the personal and professional risk that comes with sharing stories of sexual harassment and assault cannot and should not be discounted or diminished. The depth of our experiences, irrespective of how recent they occurred, is the thread that binds us together.
As we enter the new year, we need to continue to shine a light on this issue, raise awareness and above all else, support each other. The success of this cultural transformation will be determined by the collective actions of both men and women, working together to foster a culture of understanding and support.
There’s an  Apple commercial  that for me personally, and on many levels sums up this conversation. The commercial shows a young girl with her iPad Pro going about her day and the music asks “Where is it you want to go?” The one-minute video wraps up with the girl in her backyard and her neighbor asks “What are you doing on your computer?” to which the girl responds “What’s a computer?” In 2018, let’s continue to work to create a future where the answer is “What’s a #MeToo?”
Year in Review
2017 Women's March
The mission of Women’s March is to harness the political power of diverse women and their communities to create transformative social change. Women’s March is a women-led movement providing intersectional education on a diverse range of issues and creating entry points for new grassroots activists and organizers to engage in their local communities through trainings, outreach programs and events. Women’s March is committed to dismantling systems of oppression through nonviolent resistance and building inclusive structures guided by self-determination, dignity and respect.
Wonder Woman Grosses $400 million At Domestic Box Office
by Brent Lang - Variety

Wonder Woman and her Amazonian bracelets just shattered a glass ceiling. The comic book adaptation crossed the $400 million mark at the North American box office on Tuesday, becoming the 27th movie to ever break that barrier. It’s also the third highest-grossing Warner Bros. release on a domestic basis, sliding in behind Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. It’s the highest-grossing film ever released by a female director ( Patty Jenkins ). Article here
The Silence Breakers
by Stephanie Zacharek, Eliana Dockterman and Haley Sweetland Edwards for TIME Magazine

Movie stars are supposedly nothing like you and me. They're svelte, glamorous, self-­possessed. They wear dresses we can't afford and live in houses we can only dream of. Yet it turns out that—in the most painful and personal ways—movie stars are more like you and me than we ever knew.

In 1997, just before Ashley Judd's career took off, she was invited to a meeting with Harvey Weinstein, head of the starmaking studio Miramax, at a Beverly Hills hotel. Astounded and offended by Weinstein's attempt to coerce her into bed, Judd managed to escape. But instead of keeping quiet about the kind of encounter that could easily shame a woman into silence, she began spreading the word. Article here

STAC's 92nd Annual Mid-Winter Meeting will feature

Manisha Kimmel , Thomson Reuters
Jessica Titlebaum Darmoni , The Title Connection, LLC
Catherine Clay , Cboe Global Markets

Upcoming Events

Boston STA Ladies Post Holiday Event - January 24th
The 2018 Boston Ladies event will meet at Chris Kimball's  Milk Street Kitchen , 177 Milk Street. 

Food experts will share some clever cooking techniques while preparing great food that you can sample! 

Space is limited. Visit the  invite website  and add your name. 

Email Stephanie Minister at with questions. We look forward to seeing you!
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