How to Sell Your Soul

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ErinsStory2An Artist’s Guide to Self-Promotion
by Erin Bagwell

Recently I started putting together a new website for myself to accumulate all the articles and press that I have gotten over the last year as a result of launching Dream, Girl. And I was scrolling through the websites we have been featured on I was in a bit of shock: “Holy mother, we have gotten A LOT OF PRESS for a movie that hasn’t been made yet.” Every time a new press piece goes live it’s amazing, but to see it all on one page was bonkers. And the more I thought about it, the more I thought the initial stepping stones that got us here would be beneficial to other creatives, artists, and women who might have trouble selling themselves. Continue reading…

My Body, My Shame, My Voice: Rape and letting go of guilt

ErinsStoryby Erin Bagwell

Founder of Feminist Wednesday
Producer of Dream, Girl

When I was in the seventh grade I used to babysit for this family down the block. They had two kids, I was Red Cross certified, I loved babysitting, I loved making money. One night after babysitting the dad of the family drove me home alone. I had brought my own Charlie’s Angels barbie for the job to share with their little girl because I had just seen the reboot of Charlie’s Angels and my Cameron Diaz barbie doll was awesome.

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Women Supporting Women: Ode to Koko

KoKoby Erin Bagwell
Dream, Girl Producer
Founder of Feminist Wednesday

This past week I got married, and my husband Sal and I took an amazing honeymoon. While being unplugged for a while my brain got the much needed chance to wind down and reflect on everything that has been happening with Dream, Girl over the past year. Sometimes I get up in the morning and I go to work like everyone else, but other times I walk into an office I built, with an amazing employee I hired, and wonder how the hell I got here. One of those reasons is my business partner and friend Komal Minhas.

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Take Back Your Body

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Observations From a Weekend In Miami

by Erin Bagwell
Brooklyn, NY

Spending a weekend in Miami beach has sent my feminist heart into a bit of a fury. To be blunt, in Miami, women’s bodies are literally everywhere. From bikini bodies without heads in the tourist shops, to thinly veiled sexual innuendo illustrations in the “naked taco” restaurant, to billboards floating above the beach pulled by prop planes. Women’s bodies are a commercial commodity that flood these sun soaked streets as the norm. Now I should preface these thoughts by saying I am a body positive feminist. I enjoy shedding the big wooly winters sweaters I have left behind in Brooklyn to frolic in light summery dresses or a midriff and jean shorts. However with all of this commercialization of the female form I have to wonder about the social and emotional implications this has on women, and particularly on our rights as women.

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Be Your Own Feminist Role Model: My Feminist New Year’s Resolution

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by Erin Bagwell
Director of Dream, Girl
Founder of Feminist Wednesday

I have been hearing a lot about the “future” of feminism in our culture these days. I watched a discussion about it featuring Gloria Steinem and bell hooks yesterday, and read an article in the New Republic about it this morning. There are a couple of overlapping ideas and thoughts based on these two bodies of work, one of which centers around the debate of the “Internet Feminist”. The “Internet Feminist” is someone who shares their feminist thoughts, comments, and ideas on feminism as a blogger or social media user. The main question about the mostly-millennial-internet-feminist is: Are these women adding to the dialogue, or are they too preoccupied online to engage in “real” activism?

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Thank You!

ThankYou2Dear FW Readers,

Thank you so much for all your support in the Dream, Girl documentary film! Your donations have helped us reach our goal in September and the numbers are in… Feminist Wednesday readers helped raise $10,376! THATS INSANE! Thank you so much we appreciate and love you from the bottom of our beavers!

Love,
Erin and the FW Team

Is This What It’s Like to be a Man?

Manby Erin Bagwell
Founder of Feminist Wednesday
Director of Dream, Girl

There is a little voice I have in the back of my brain that is always talking. Often it’s saying: “Psst. People aren’t going to take you seriously. You’re too young, too blonde, too inexperienced.” When I go into a meeting I stress about what I should wear and how I will be perceived. When I am on the phone I stress about the high register of my voice. The little voice in the back of my brain says “Don’t wear that skirt. It’s too short, it’s too trendy, it’s too cute. He isn’t taking you seriously. She’s isn’t taking you seriously. You have no idea what you are doing. You don’t look like everyone else here.”

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You’re Fine. By Gina Tron Book Giveaway!

GiveawayWe are so excited to announce that our friend Gina Tron, the author of the new book “You’re Fine” has graciously offered our readers a chance to win one of her glorious new books! To enter the contest all you have to do is comment on this photo on the Feminist Wednesday Instagram and tell us who you’re favorite feminist author or book is to be illegible to win. The winner will be selected at random and the contest lasts until Dec 17th! Happy commenting! 

“Gina Tron is not the best person at being a person, which is why on Christmas eve 2010 she checked herself into New York City’s Gracie Square Rehabilitation Center and Psychiatric Institute. This memoir is an account of a self-proclaimed adult low life. It’s a trip down Tron’s cocaine-frosted rabbit hole as she observes the assembly line of broken people (herself included) produced by society, then labeled as incorrigible by failing institutions. She is not a vindicator of the floundering masses, but a stumbling shaman soap-boxing a nihilist spiritualism. Tron reminds us of our undeniable mediocrity; it’s our averageness which manes us human, and our humanity which makes us extraordinary.” – Paper Cut Press

How to Crush Your Kickstarter Campaign

Kickstarterby Erin Bagwell
Founder of Feminist Wednesday

This past summer Feminist Wednesday embarked on the terrifying journey of creating a Kickstarter Campaign to fund our film “Dream, Girl.” This film is a documentary redefining what it means to be a boss by interviewing female entrepreneurs.

In the process we worked like a dog (or maybe in our case a beaver), made a TV appearance, did a monstrous amount of press (Upworthy, ELLE, Washington Post), got a celebrity endorsement, and ended up almost doubling our original goal, raising over $100,000.

I will tell you right now there is no black and white formula for beating the beast that is Kickstarter, however there are some helpful tips and tricks you should be aware of along the way. Please enjoy this list of hints to help you with your Kickstarter! Also, feel free to ask additional questions or share your thoughts in the comments below!

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Why I’m Creating “Dream, Girl”

WhyImCreatingErin Bagwell, Brooklyn NY
Founder 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.

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