Why I'm Creating "Dream, Girl"

 WhyImCreating

WhyImCreating

Erin Bagwell, Brooklyn NYFounder of Feminist Wednesday

I have wanted to be a boss since before I can remember. I have always dreamed about owning my own company and building an empire. I like to be in charge, I am decisive and I am wickedly organized.

When I graduated college I started my first company pretty soon after called Lady Bird Productions. Built off a Youtube channel and some film festivals, I freelanced for about a year before I decided I wanted to take the next step in my career and work towards something bigger. I moved to New York City to ultimately be a filmmaker. My dream was to create something impactful and meaningful and my first job in the city was at a production company.

However I needed healthcare and more than $100/day paycheck. So I started working for an ad tech startup and became acclimated to city living. When I first moved to the big apple I was really surprised at all the sexist gender messages you see everyday. I was overwhelmed with imagery on the trains, walking down the street, on screens, and in cabs, sinking into my brain this degrading image of women’s worth through beauty. However in the office these photoshopped illusions didn't exist. We were all just normal people trying to pay our rent and trying to figure out how to kill it in our careers.

I carried on in my tech bubble until it popped and I needed to do something different and decided to try my hand at a job more creative. I moved to a corporate castle that promised me interactive creative freedom, however it was the biggest culture shock I have ever experienced (and I lived in Spain). It was full of suits and old white men. There was sexual harassment daily and everyone walked around on eggshells. It was mind boggling. I felt like I was in Oz, not Midtown Manhattan. And I knew if I was experiencing the soul shattering sexism that existed at my company then other people in the U.S. must be too.

So I started a blog, Feminist Wednesday, as a source of inspiration and empowerment to get me through those long days at work. I carved together a newsletter every Wednesday of stories, articles, and interviews of inspiring bad ass women. But something magical happened during that year of blogging: I got to be in charge again, creatively and mentally. I got to plan my schedule when things would come out, how it would look, plans for innovation and grow. And I met other like minded women and female run start ups. All of a sudden not only was I not alone, I was swimming in interviews of young, ambitious women.

As the blog became more popular and published more stories, I felt a real magnet in the pit of my stomach that said I had to do more. We are constantly surrounded, blinded even, by sexist images of how a woman's value is in what she wears, or how she looks... and that totally pisses me off. I wanted to create something to show what the media won’t- that NYC and beyond is filled with bad bitches who, as Sophia Amoruso puts it, "are taking over the world." Thats why I am creating DREAM, GIRL. We are swimming in uncharted waters full of empowering stories and we need to share them.

by ErinErin Bagwell