Cutline: The LLWL are sharing a common view. Four years ago, when Annette Maxberry-Carrara moved to Austin, she had difficulty finding new friends who shared her world view. Even in that very blue part of Texas, she often felt that her liberal views were not appreciated. It was from that desire to socialize with other like- minded women that the Liberal Ladies Who Lunch (TM) (LLWL) was born. What began as just a handful of women enjoying lunch together has grown into large chapters in Houston, Dallas, Rockwall, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Austin and Montgomery County. Maxberry-Carrara says she “had no idea so many other women had the same hunger for liberal-minded friends and conversation” and is thrilled to see this concept of empowering women to speak up about and act out their liberal values is gaining popularity. According to the group description on their Facebook page, the LLWL is a “social organization dedicated to helping liberal women find one another in areas of the country where their liberal views are not respected. Our intention is to educate, support and have fun.” When several local liberal women discovered this group, they agreed it seemed tailor made for the Lake Houston area. Planning began to offer this same opportunity to women in this area. Recently a dozen liberal ladies gathered for lunch at a local restaurant and immediately found that common world view. To learn more about this new group in our area or to find another chapter of Liberal Ladies Who Lunch (TM) go to Meetup.com or find them on Facebook.

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