Juicy Women: Notable Women You Need to Know

Welcome to a news series here at The Plum: Juicy Women. These women are shaping the current conversation in all sorts of ways. And while we may post these stories inconsistently, we promise they will be consistently fascinating.

By Katherine Lanpher
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Teri Greeves

Already well-known as a Native American prize-winning artist and beadworker, Teri is the co-curator of Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists, a touring exhibition that has won kudos around the world, bringing international acclaim to some 120 objects chosen from 1,000 years of work. 

The exhibit debuted at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, is currently at the Frist Museum in Nashville through January 2020 and then will travel on to the Smithsonian Museum of American Art (February 21-May 17, 2020) and the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa (June 28-September 20, 2020). See it and learn why it has picked up so much buzz.

The deets: 49, Enrolled member of Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma, lives in Santa Fe.

Why she does what she does:  She explains it all in her artist’s statement on her website, starting with the example of her grandmother. “She made money doing menial jobs — field worker, dishwasher, cleaning lady, but she was always a beadworker and an artist.” As for Greeves, who has been beading since she was 8: “I am compelled to do it. I have no choice in the matter.”

What she would like you to think about: “If there is any advice I have, it would be to come to an acceptance of this new phase, to respect the things that have been given to you, and to help the next young women who are looking toward you for guidance.”

Cindy Gallop

Brace yourself, we’re about to introduce you to Cindy, a woman who advertises herself as the Michael Bay of business: “I like to blow things up.”

She’s an entrepreneur, coach, consultant and speaker who first made her mark as a leading executive in the global advertising world. She became a TED darling with her 2009 video that launched MakeLoveNotPorn, an effort to engender real talk about real sex and to lessen the impact of hardcore porn in our bedrooms. She is part of the AARP #Disrupt Aging campaign and she’s the face of a chatbot designed to help women get the pay they deserve.

In short, she won’t put up with sexism, ageism or bad sex. 

The deets: 59, makes her penthouse home in Manhattan.

One thing she wants you to know: “Life gets better the older you get.”

Her latest goal: Finding open-minded investors to help MLNP scale globally to spearhead the social sex revolution. (“Imagine a world in which no one feels guilt, shame and embarrassment around sex.”)

Advice to other juicy women: Have as much great sex as possible – especially with younger men, who love us to death and think our older real-world bodies are beautiful, amazing and sexy as hell (I speak from plenty of personal experience). Plus, we benefit from their stamina and very short recovery periods.”

Celeste Headlee

You might already know her as the host of “Retro Report,” a new PBS series that examines historic new stories as a way to understand what’s happening today. Her work as a nationally known public radio host led to her popular Ted Talk and 2017 book We Need to Talk: How to Have Conversations That Matter, designed to help you drop the texts and tweets and instead learn to communicate better in real life.

The deets: 50, makes her home in Atlanta, where she just bought a house.

She’s looking forward to: Her second book comes out in March 2020:  Do Nothing: How to Break Away from Overworking, Overdoing, and Underliving

One thing she wants you to knowThat idleness is not laziness. Women especially feel a need to be productive and to constantly improve. Many of us were raised to believe we are flawed and not quite perfect, so we feel compelled to always strive. We spend all our time becoming and never simply be. I'd love to see people schedule time for doing nothing. 

You probably didn’t expect: Celeste is a classically trained soprano who has performed at the National Gallery of Art and the Detroit Institute of Arts. She is the granddaughter of William Grant Stillman, who is still considered “The Dean” of African American composers. She gives lectures on the legacy of her grandfather to classrooms across the country.

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