2-24-12: Women of the World, Women of Maryland
About 3-point-5 billion women now live on the planet. About 3 million of them live here in Maryland – making up more than 51 percent of the population of the state.
This coming weekend, a portion of those 3-point-5 billion women will take part in the Women of the World festival, a gathering meant to bring together women from all walks of life – and all parts of the world – here to Baltimore. It was inspired by the inaugural Women of the World festival that took place in London a year ago; this is the first WOW festival in the US.
It’s being held at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. To prepare, the BSO hosted a number of “think-ins” with hundreds of women from around the region to design the festival’s programming– resulting a line-up that showcases female entrepreneurs and women who are working in technology – but also has a “guerilla knitting” station and yoga sessions. It also features “speed mentoring.”
Sheilah talks about it with Marin Alsop, Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and co-artistic director of WOW-Baltimore. She also talks with Jude Kelly, founder of the original WOW festival in London, who’s the Artistic Director of Southbank Centre there.