Freedom Through Economic Opportunity


BIG ARTS Schein Hall

Join Zonta and BIG ARTS for the three-part Women’s Empowerment Series: Freedom Through Economic Opportunity.

Enjoy all three or take them in separately. Be inspired, be educated and be involved!

Dec. 1: Agents of ChangeThe Rev. Rebecca Stevens and Thistle Farms ($25)

The Rev. Rebecca Stevens and Thistle Farms opens the Women’s Empowerment Series.

Come listen to one of the most inspirational and nationally-renowned speaker Rebecca Stevens, the founder and President of Thistle Farms, which is the largest social enterprise in the United States run by survivors.

Thistle Farms, which is based in Nashville, Tenn., is a community of women who have survived prostitution, trafficking and addiction.

Come see Stevens, along with two Thistle Farm’s survivor women, as they will speak of love as the most powerful force for social change.


January 5, 2017: A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity ($15)

An essential, galvanizing narrative about making a difference here and abroad—a road map to becoming the most effective global citizens we can be. Watch a portion of the Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn documentary A Path Appears.

Then listen to two success stories and a panel discussion, which will be moderated by Sarah Owen, who is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation .

Husband-and-wife team, Kristof and WuDunn, authors of Half the Sky, brought to light struggles faced by women and girls around the globe, and showcased individuals and institutions working to address oppression and expand opportunity.

A Path Appears is even more ambitious in scale: nothing less than a sweeping tapestry of people who are making the world a better place and a guide to the ways that we can do the same.


Feb. 2: Half the Sky Film screening ($15)

The final Women’s Empowerment session is a screening of the riveting documentary based on Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists, Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s NY Times number one selling book entitled, Half Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide— a moving film about igniting change to put an end to the worldwide oppression of women and girls in developing countries.

Following the screening, there will be an artistic presentation by Kristen van Ginhoven and WAM Theatre entitled Where Arts and Activism Meet. WAM is a Massachusetts-based professional theatre company whose vision is to create opportunity for women and girls through the mission of theatre as philanthropy. To learn more about WAM, go to