jueves, 7 de marzo de 2013

March 8th: Working Women

It’s Our Day Happy women’s day
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Tomorrow, March 8th is IWD= International Women´s Day; a day when we pay homage to working women so you will find quite a few things in this entry related to that.

Here´s what you can do for optional homework: choose one of the photos in this post and explain its message in relation to the celebration; whatever image you choose, try to see the irony in it, go deep into its meaning (see if you can find a double meaning), and explain why you like it or not, or why you agree or disagree with it. 

And here are a couple of videos related to the topic of "working women".

The first one is a short film (about 10 minutes long) called What´s A Girl Doing Here? It is about women working in a job not frequently associated to them:  female cab drivers in NY; but they are not only taxi drivers, one of them is also a photographer, another one has a master´s degree.... The film director is also a woman, Diana Diroy .

There are no subtitles in this film but I am sure you will get a pretty good idea of the things they talk about; read this introduction by the director first, it will really help you understand it better:

Loud flashes of yellow are all around you in this city—46,000 taxi sedans, vans and S.U.V.’s streaking across the streets of New York. Yet, only about 170 of them are driven by women, a percentage even lower than the national average. In all my years of hopping into cabs here, and elsewhere, I never met a female driver until I shot this documentary. I needed to find them.
I went from one taxi garage to the next, the only woman in a sea of men, and the drivers would look at me like I was crazy. For weeks I had no luck. Then one evening, a good friend of mine hailed a cab—and there was Shonna Valeska behind the wheel. He told her about my project, wrote her phone number down on a record sleeve, and texted me right away.
In November 2010 I began filming Valeska, and Elena Tenchikova, to whom I’d been connected via the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission. They graciously brought me into their world—one of late nights, early mornings, and forgotten corners—and a year and a half later, I caught up with the women for an update.
Tenchikova recently graduated from Brooklyn College with a master’s degree in urban policy and administration. She put driving on hold for ten months as she completed a program at the NYC Civic Corps, an AmeriCorps initiative, through which she was placed in the NYC Housing Authority to work on its “green” agenda. She hopes to someday work in environmental sustainability, but until then she’s back behind the wheel, navigating a yellow cab through the streets of New York.
After driving for ten months, Valeska hung up her taxi license in February 2011 because of the exhausting and repetitive 12-hour shifts. She loved the customers, but wasn’t making enough money to support her photography studio and simply did not have enough time to pursue her passion for photo work. She continues to take photographs and most recently shot her fourth book cover for Ann Coulter. In the future, Valeska hopes to produce a documentary about the taxi-driving industry.

"What's a girl doing here?" from Narratively on Vimeo.

As for the second video, it shows another type of working woman, Michelle Obama. I have chosen it because you can see and listen to her delivering a speech about education at Renca's Condor Summit Bicentennial School in Santiago de Chile, on March 21, 2011. Michelle Obama spoke in English but the video is subtitled in Spanish. Click here if you are interested in reading the English transcription.

Here are some remarks, related to education, made by the First Lady Michelle Obama that are worth considering:
  • the importance of getting a good education - the greatest a gift parents can give to their children
  • you shouldn´t be limited by circumstances as far as education is considered
  • what really matters is what you think about yourself and what you are willing to do to achieve your goals - because big dreams require big efforts.
  • as for school life, the importance of paying attention in class everyday, listening to teachers, doing your homework, not being afraid to make mistakes, asking questions when you don´t understand something.
  • Once you succeed, help someone else succeed: none of us can fulfil our dreams on our own.
Any comments? Is there anything you don´t agree with?

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