Dining For Women
My Sister, the Podcaster
Hi this is Hal in Philly your host, with another woke episode of say when you know Hal. Today, I want to tell you about my sister the podcaster and her favorite organization. Dining for Women.
About this time year ago, a couple off socially conscious psychologists started at podcast. That would be my sister, Cindy Ariel and her co-host Julie Meyer. They call They named it Shrinks on Third because they record their show in an office on the third floor of a small, quaint, boutique office building in Elkins Park.
Their description of the show is:
“Progressive intersectional feminist podcast exploring psychology and social justice.”
Don’t let those big words scare you.
I’m personally not a big fan of their use of the word “feminist” because I think it tends to alienate a large segment of their potential audience who would actually enjoy their show and benefit greatly from listening to them.
Because mostly, I think you’ll find, they discuss and support very important causes. And they champion disenfranchised and under-served people from all walks life, including people of color, blacks, latinos, immigrants, the LGBT community, veterans and yes, of course women.
When Julie and Cindy first started their podcast of them were talking into a Snowball USB microphone and it sounded like they were in a cave. Last Thanksgiving, Cindy asked me to help them with their sound, so I agreed meet me at a music store where I helped them purchase equipment for their new studio and taught them how to use it. I also taught them how to do their own editing - and today, they have a great sounding podcast and I’m really proud of the progress they’ve made as hosts of what I believe to be a very truly important show.
In August of this year, I attended Podcast Movement 19, and one of my big takeaways from one of the workshops I sat in on, was that to have a successful podcast, you have to know your purpose and be passionate about your topic. Now I knew Cindy was serious about her podcast, but it became most apparent while I was listening to a recent episode titled
Empowering Women and Girls Worldwide
“The session in which we talk about one of our personal favorite nonprofits working to empower women and girls.”
Both of us attend monthly potluck dinner chapter meetings in our respective neighborhoods. We get together with like-minded women to share food, learn about the monthly grantees, and then donate what we might have spent dining out. The funds raised go to featured and sustained grantees, and to support the overall mission of the organization. Finding a chapter near you or starting your own is easy.”
Dining For Women is quote a global giving circle dedicated to transforming lives and eradicating poverty among women and girls in the developing world. Through member education and engagement, as well as the power of collective giving, Dining for Women funds grassroots organizations that empower women and girls and promote gender equity. UnquoteListening to Cindy and Julie talk about their respective chapters of Dining For Women was, to say the least, eye-opening. For the first time, I understood how strongly my sister believes in this fine organization and the contribution and difference it to makes in this world. How it affects not only the women in every corner of the globe, but also the impact it has to both men and women right here in our own home.
I wasn’t planning on doing this, but I’m going to urge you to listen to this episode at your earliest convenience.
It’s only 20 minutes long, and it’s not for the squeamish. If you have children, you might want to wait until they’re out of the room. It’s a fairly adult conversation. And I sincerely hope you’ll listen to it. And hear it. And know that you can make a difference doing something as simple as having a Dinner With Women. Because it’s Easy, When You Know Hal/
Learn more at DiningForWomen.org