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/)
Beaming with happiness and pride we felt like dancing around our apartments and jumping into the air when Annegret called us in November to announce us that we are now part of the Accelerator of the Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship in Munich.
It all started with a small undefined idea I had during my holidays when I asked my husband if he thinks that I am crazy and he told me to go full in (note to myself: he truly is the most amazing husband J). After spending endless days and nights together with Ilaria defining an elegant fashion line for working women, spending the week before my wedding working on a first prototype and the week after my wedding preparing for the admission presentation with little sleep and endless discussions it felt like our work finally paid off.
After the presentation we were nervous and decided to focus on other topics while waiting for the result. But then Annegret called. And we just couldn’t believe it. Other people, people we don’t even know, actually believe in our idea and us! We reached a HUGE milestone!
Now we are extremely motivated and created an ambitious timeline to bring out the first prototype as soon as possible. Nonetheless it is our biggest drive to bring out a product that both Ilaria and I will carry with pride. We promise that we will settle with nothing less!
Stay tuned and subscribe to follow our adventure J
We have spent countless weekends and evenings sitting together and skyping to brainstorm about our new brand for working women. After countless discussions, we finally found the perfect name: Mojo.
Mojo stands for a lucky charm, a talisman, and talent. We want to be the lucky charm for women, giving them the confidence to believe in their own talent and be the driver of their own success 🙂
As such our first product will be a handbag women can take with confidence to work, without hiding themselves and their personalities. We decided that we will work on this bag until it is perfect and we both would love to wear it every single day. And of course, it should be so multifunctional that we can use it in both our private lives and our work lives.
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