I was star-struck, standing in a crowd of 2,000 men and women listening to the pitched voice of Geena Davis, aka Thelma from the 1991 iconic movie Thelma and Louise.

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Geena was riveting. Looking much younger than her nearly 60 years of age, the Oscar-winning actress used her sarcastic humor and electric smile to win the hearts of the Toronto Film Festival (TIFF) crowd.

People listened to the founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and fellow actor and film-making celebs share their experiences and hopes for achieving gender equality, with greater inclusivity and diversity in the entertainment industry.

Geena praised TIFF’s Share Her Journey program for their ambitious 50 by 2020 mandate: gender parity in 50% of the film festival selections (production that includes writing, directing, camera, etc.). For more information about sexism and the lack of diversity and inclusion in the film industry, or to join the movement, visit: https://www.tiff.net/shareherjourney

When the rally ended, I thought hard about what it was that women loved so much about Thelma and Louise. There are probably as many reasons as there are fans, but for me the movie was all about two women having the freedom to make choices and master their own fate.

Geena played Thelma, a frustrated, lonely house-wife stuck in a loveless marriage to a sexist and controlling husband. And Louise was an independent woman who worked in a nearby diner as a waitress. When the women go on a road trip, they stop for a drink at a bar and Louise shoots a man to stop him from raping Thelma. Fearing the police won’t believe their story, they feel their only choice is to run from the police.

WomanScape salutes you and our fem-tastic week of great women making history by sending our readers on the trip of a lifetime: the Thelma and Louise Road Trip.

We’ve gathered a few essentials but crashing over the Grand Canyon isn’t one of them.  Instead, consider mixing up a batch of Wild Gal Margaritas for your wild brew of friends, or enjoy one in a roadhouse bar like Thelma and Louise.

Wild Girls Margarita

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Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. Jose Cuervo Especial or Tequila of choice
  • 3 oz. Jose Cuervo Lime Margarita Mix or mix of choice
  • 1 wedge lime
  • 1 tsp. salt

Directions: Rub rim of a chilled margarita glass with half a lime. Dip into salt to coat. In a shaker with ice, add tequila and Lime Margarita Mix. Shake vigorously and strain into the margarita glass. Garnish with lime wedge.

Sassy Snacks For the Trip

Whether you’re hitting the road or booking your road trip at home watching a movie or escaping to a great book, you don’t want to rely on gas station fare like Thelma and Louise did. Okay so maybe a lip-staining slushie and a few Slim Jims are necessary treats, but you can plan ahead with two healthy snacks. Jump start your trip with…

Cocoa Espresso Roasted Nuts

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  • 2 Egg whites
  • 2 Cups unsalted pecans
  • 2 Cups walnuts
  • 2/3 Cup packed light brown sugar
  • ¼ Cup unsweetened cocoa power
  • 2 Teaspoons espresso powder
  • 1 ½ Teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ¼ Teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼. Teaspoon salt
  • Pinched of cayenne pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, beat the egg whites until they are white and frothy. Add in the pecans and walnuts and mix until the nuts are all coated with the egg whites.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the brown sugar; cocoa powder; espresso powder; cinnamon; nutmeg; salt and cayenne until there are no clumps. Add to the bowl with the nuts and mix until well combined and all of the dry mixture is sticking to the nuts.
  4. Spread the nuts onto the baking sheet. Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. The nuts should be dry and the cocoa coating should not come off on your fingers if you touch them.

Apple Chips

Super easy to make, these tasty treats will last up to three days before your journey begins. Store in an air tight containers or freeze for a later date.

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  • 5 medium apples
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Wash the apples well. Carefully cut out the cores with a sharp paring knife. Use a mandoline slicer to slice the apples to 1/8″ thick. Lay out on the baking sheets, trying not to overlap too many apples. Sprinkle with salt, and dust with cinnamon. Bake for 3 – 4 hours, until the apples have curled and the skin has wrinkled slightly. Apple chips will crisp as they cool.

If all of this seems like just too much to do, sit back and watch Thelma and Louise over a cup of coffee or tea.

Cheers and we’ll see you again next week at the movies.

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The Thelma & Louise Coffee Mug

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Rose McInerney

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Rose combines her love of all things artfully-designed to connect women to a shared community of learning and a richer, more fulfilled self. As a passionate storyteller, published writer, and international traveler, Rose believes women can build a better world through powerful storytelling.

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