On the 1st May, I and a few young people from Medway Youth Trust’s, youth forum, went to see ‘The Empowerment Project’. The empowerment project shows the incredible journey of a crew of female filmmakers driving across America to encourage, empower, and inspire the next generation of strong women to go after their career ambitions’ This is achieved by filming several women who have succeed in their career ambitions. There is a trailer on You Tube (above)
Prior to the film we were given the opportunity to reflect on who are role models are. One person named her mum and spoke of all the amazing things she does; one of the young people with me named Mary Secole and noted the work she performed during the Crimean war, by setting up a ‘British Hotel’ behind enemy lines. I noted Josephine Butler because she protested against a harsh Victorian law (enacted to control prostitution), which ultimately violated the civil rights of women.
I enjoyed the film and felt it reached its intended impact. However, one of the YP with me felt that although women should be encouraged to pursue their careers, society should equally recognise that some women (and indeed men), do not necessarily want a career.