Ep 23. Erin Bagwell: Director of the Inspirational Film Dream, Girl
"Feminism is about finding my most authentic self. Here is what is expected of me, but here is what I want to do."
Erin Bagwell is founder of Feminist Wednesday, a storytelling blog. In the summer of 2014 she launched a successful Kickstarter campaign, raising over $100,000 to produce her first feature length film Dream, Girl. Dream, Girl tells the story of a handful of successful women entrepreneurs. In May 2016, Dream, Girl screened at the White House as part of the United State of Women Summit. Erin was named one of Oprah’s SuperSoul100, a list featuring extraordinary individuals that live life intentionally, create great social impact, and bring inspiration to others. Dream, Girl was named the number one feminist documentary to watch by the Huffington Post.
In this episode, Stew and Erin talk about her struggle and eventual triumph as the director of Dream, Girl. Erin had fears and doubts when she quit her “soul-sucking” 9-to-5 job and began producing Dream, Girl. She drew on the support of others (her "tribe"), including the women entrepreneurs in her film, to gain the courage and expertise needed to succeed. In the second half of the show, Erin describes the positive impact the film has had on students and on entrepreneurial communities where it sparks important, inspiring discussions. Check out the trailer of Dream, Girl.