Everyone knows the name of the first man who walked on the moon. But who was the first woman to command a space shuttle? Eileen Collins. Or the first American woman to walk in space? Kathryn Sullivan.
To be inspired by these women pioneers and more, come to the Brubeck Room at Wilton Library on Wednesday, May 2, at 7 p.m. to hear another inspiring woman, Kira Pollack (Wilton HS ’90), the deputy editor of Vanity Fair magazine, talk about FIRSTS: Women Who Are Changing The World. This multimedia project recently won the 2018 Pictures of the Year International Documentary Project of the Year award. This event gives everyone an opportunity to learn about a wide range of female heroes and be empowered by these role models.
Pollack is an award-winning photo director, film director and executive producer with more than 20 years of experience in visual journalism. As Director of Photography and Visual Enterprise at TIME, she was responsible for producing TIME’s multi-platform enterprise journalism. Prior to this, Pollack worked at The New York Times Magazine and The New Yorker.
Using a memorable multimedia presentation, Pollack will talk about the multigenerational, multicultural, all-female team that made the FIRSTS project happen. She’ll provide a behind-the-scenes look at the interviews and the production of the book and videos. She’ll also discuss what her team learned about women and the issues women care about, including work-life balance, sexism and equal pay.
The book features 46 groundbreaking women from all different generations, lifestyles, and career choices. Pollack will keep the finger on the pulse that started with the historic 2017 Women’s March on Washington and continued with the #MeToo movement and the “Silence Breakers” on the cover of TIME’s Person of the Year issue.
There will be a light dessert reception afterward and an opportunity to meet Pollack after her talk. Books will be available for purchase from Elm Street Books.
Admission is $20, $10 for students. Seating is limited and tickets are selling fast. Please register in advance by mailing checks payable to “PEO Chapter W” to Del Overby, 105 Pine Ridge Rd., Wilton, CT 06897, or call Sharon Thawley at 203.858.4526.
The PEO Sisterhood is an international philanthropic and educational organization that promotes increased educational opportunities for women. All proceeds will benefit PEO grants, awards and scholarships to support women’s education.
For information about PEO membership, email Carol Kaelin or visit the PEO International website.