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Back In Time

Original post made by Elaine Betts, Danville, on Feb 8, 2011

An enthusiastic crowd greeted the San Ramon AAUW’s Second Annual “Celebration of Women in Film” which occurred on January 22. A near-sellout crowd at the event, that was held at the Front Row Theater in San Ramon, heard Carmen Curtis of Danville and Judith Hedgpeth of San Francisco, members of the England-based Beatrix Potter Society, talk about lesser-known aspects of the author’s life. Dressed in period costume, they discussed and answered questions from the audience about Beatrix’s upbringing, her relationship with her family, her love life, and her career in all its aspects. Both Curtis and Hedgpeth are designated “Readers” of the Beatrix Potter Society, presenting programs to many children and adults. Janice Colby, AAUW, said, “We chose this film for a number of reasons, but primarily because it speaks to the aspirations of women and their struggle for equity – and that is what AAUW is all about. It’s also a great story, the characters are unforgettable, and it’s filmed beautifully. The audience loved it, and they were surprised, I think, to learn that some of the aspects of Beatrix’s life, like her interest in conservation, have such relevance to today’s issues.” To learn more about AAUW San Ramon, go to Web Link. To learn more about the Beatrix Potter Society, go to Web Link.

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