Kristen and Caroline introduce the evening

An engaged crowd of nearly 200 streamed into the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center tonight to see Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, presented by Kristen van Ginhoven ofWAM Theatre, Caroline Wheeler of Sisters For Peace. and the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers.

Following the screening, a spirited community conversation ensued with special guests Jeanet T. IngallsMaia Conty, Janis Broderick, Bryan Nurnberger and Ananda Timpane all of whom hit home the message that each of us can contribute to making the world safer and more promising for women and girls here in our own communities, as well as internationally.

L-R, Kristen Van Ginhoven, Bryan Nurnberger, Jeanet Ingalls, Janis Broderick, Ananda Timpane, Maia Conty

Hats off to Kristen and Caroline for putting together this fantastic Festival event, and

thanks to Beryl Jolly of the Mahaiwe and McTeigue & McClelland for making it possible.