Today I saw a very inspiring video on gender stereotypes and felt like sharing 🙂 A group of young kids being asked to draw firefighters, surgeons, and pilots and give them names. Watch the expressions on the kids’ faces when a real-life firefighter, surgeon, and fighter pilot dropped in on a classroom and turned their assumptions around. Check it out!
Watch here the Video (via upworthy)
I recently read a book about an inspiring woman called Clärenore Stinnes who decided 1927 to travel around the world by car. I loved the story of this young, brave woman and wanted to share it with you. Clärenore Stinnes broke all the rules imposed by society at that time and showed you can achieve anything you want with passion and dedication.
Born into a rich family Clärenore Stinnes was not allowed to manage the family business and decided to become a professional car racer living in the notorious Berlin of the 1920s. Trying to promote the car business of her father she decided to set up on a challenge that seemed totally impossible: drive around the entire world in an average family car. 1927 she embarked on an exhibition of 48.000 km with two technicians and one camera man on board.
I could just not imagine driving wit a car through countries that neither have roads nor petrol. And I am full of admiration for this woman, who was so brave and did not give up when facing severe hardships including wars, illnesses, engine blow-ups, and assaults.
The technicians quitted the team half-way through and left Clärenore Stinnes and the camera man Söderström alone. Together they took two years to successfully finish this adventurous tour.
And it seems that her story inspired others: Only last week an 82-year-old old woman called Heidi Hetzer returned back from her two and a half year-long road trip in an Oldtimer. This proves: age doesn’t matter!
Book inspiration: Fräulein Stinnes fährt um die Welt (apparently it is also a movie)
On March 8 the International Women’s Day is celebrated to felicitate women and their achievements but also to remind us that much more has to be done.
Organisations funding school education for girls, political actions all over the world and global movements such as “lean in” have recently raised a lot of attention to gender inequality. However, it will take much more until we can speak of an equal world for women and men. According to the statistics of the European Union „in 2015, women’s gross hourly earnings were on average 16.3 % below those of men in the European Union (EU-28) and 16.8% in the euro area (EA-19). Across Member States, the gender pay gap varied by 21 percentage points, ranging from 5.5 % in Italy and Luxembourg to 26.9 % in Estonia“ (Source: Eurostat).
To change this gender gap we should support other women and think how we can be role models for our society. In the words of Malala Yousafzai: “Do not wait for someone else to come and speak for you. It’s you who can change the world.”
This video shows how you can teach your daughters that they can be everything they want and achieve anything they want from – despite being a woman. And all it takes is reading them out a children story with female role models 🙂
Cheers to us and our future 🙂
Nina & Ilaria
(Picture source: http://www.boredpanda.com/inspirational-quotes-womens-day/)