Trumped-Up Trickle-Down Sexual Harassment

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tutdBy Erin Bagwell
Founder of Feminist Wednesday & Director of Dream, Girl

The last job I worked at before I started my own company was horrible. It was an aging company struggling to survive in a digital world. And it was sinking fast. We had two CEOs in the sixteen months I was there, and the toxic corporate culture that permeated throughout the office was both appalling and exhausting. Continue reading…

#ImWithHer

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

About a month ago, I received my official Hillary Rodham Clinton #ImWithHer t-shirt in the mail. When I broke open the packaging my heart started to race. An unexpectant excitement swelled over my body. Holding that t-shirt in my hands felt like I was holding a piece of history. This wasn’t just a political t-shirt – this was an heirloom – something I would proudly pass on to my grandchildren one day. I felt overcome with emotion at the outrageously ambitious possibility of the first female President. I clutched this piece of herstory in my hands and clung to it like a secret shared between Hillary and I.

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Happy Mother’s Day MaryAlice

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by Erin Bagwell
Making a film about strong female role models, I think a lot about the influences I have had growing up, and how lucky I am to be my mother’s daughter. My mom, MaryAlice, is not a regular mom. Sure, she is a mama-bear-nurturing-powerhouse. But she is also a strong individual who doesn’t care about what other people think- we are all living in her world. Continue reading…

Feminist Wednesday on Holiday

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This winter we are taking a little holiday break to enjoy snuggling up by the fire, stockpiling new feminist stories, binge watching episodes of The Good Wife, Empire, and Jessica Jones (in no particular order), and waiting until the lake thaws so we can leave our dam (ok, maybe just for Betty). Continue reading…

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

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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!

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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