2015 is looking like a great year to be a feminist! A crop of inspiring and empowering new voices are emerging, and Erin Bagwell‘s is one of them. Bagwell is the co-founder of the Kickstarter-funded film Dream, Girl, a documentary that celebrates female entrepreneurship. Its ultimate goal is to inspire women to pursue their dreams.
The film is mid-production, so we took this unique chance to talk with Bagwell about the Dream, Girl project’s evolution and what it’s like being on set. Check out what she had to say below.*:
(KS) Dream, Girl is a groundbreaking project that features female entrepreneurs telling their own stories. How and when did you realize that this group was underrepresented in the media?
(EB) I have always been on the search for strong female role models in the media because I grew up wanting to create films, all while knowing there weren’t a lot of women producing and directing them. I remember in college there was a women’s film festival in Buffalo that I went to every year to satiate my desire for women-created films, because that’s what I’ve always wanted to do.
A lot of people don’t realize how subconscious gender roles can be. I believe there is real power in seeing someone like yourself in a field. If there is only one girl in a classroom full of boys taking a test, her scores are lower than if she takes a test in a room with both genders present. Her test scores suffer because she doesn’t feel like she belongs, therefore she must not be qualified to be there.
That’s the main message in Dream, Girl– you may not realize it, but you already have what it takes to be successful. You have the tools, you have the power, you just need to discover it in yourself.
This same message permeates in the professional world. When it comes to choosing a career, we need to see it to believe it. That’s the main message in Dream, Girl- you may not realize it, but you already have what it takes to be successful. You have the tools, you have the power, you just need to discover it in yourself. We are giving you that extra push to dream bigger.