“Because science is for everyone”
ScienceGrrl, a grassroots organisation celebrating and supporting women in science; creating a network of people who are passionate about science and helping organize events to share this passion with the next generation of female scientist.
“There’s nothing better than riding with friends. Summer, sunshine, perfect trails and endless laughter. It doesn’t matter where that is, in that moment that’s my favourite place to ride.”
Angie Hohenwarter, professional 4X mountain bike rider.
“I never had the idea that I would have a “career” and I still haven’t. I’m not particularly interested in thinking more than a year ahead – who knows what will happen next week? It would be utterly dull to live out a pre-planned career path. I’ve always been happy to take opportunities, just because I like the adventure, and I work hard at what interests me. So far, it’s always led me on to other things that interest me.”
Dr Helen Czerski, physicist, oceanographer and broadcaster. Helen is currently sharing her passion for science as a research fellow at the University of London and science presenter with the BBC.
“I can change clothes as much as I want, it doesn’t restrict what I really am inside…Sporty outfits I wear for riding, traveling and everywhere where it’s suitable…But I’m still a real lady, not a “tomboy”, so you can find in my wardrobe lots of dresses, high-heel shoes and other female stuff too.”
Kinga Kaszewiak, park, street and dirt jump bike rider, model and art school student.
Just spotted myself on ilovegirlriders.com. This website is jam-packed full of photos of skilled biking ladies - very inspiring. Makes me want to get out on bike now!
“Welding, grinding, cutting, sanding, I’d much rather wear grease than makeup.”
Kathryn DiMaria, a 14 year old who is currently restoring a 1986 Pontiac Fiero. Kathryn bought the car herself at age 12 with $450 in babysitting money and is in the process of restoring the car by hand with the view to have it completed by her 16th birthday.
Kathryn’s project has earned her an invitation from General Motors to attend the 2013 Detroit Auto Show and hang out with two female engineers from the original Fiero team.
“We launched project [Turn Grease into Fuel] TGIF by first lobbying our local town council, and we asked them to place a receptacle at the transfer station so residents could recycle their oil there and they agreed…then we started targeting commercial waste cooking oil. Going visiting restaurants one by one…at first it was actually pretty challenging cause like who’s going to believe a bunch of fifth graders are going to change the world, but after we gained some restaurants we gained credibility as well.”
Cassandra Lin, co-founded project Turn Grease Into Fuel (TGIF) whilst still at Primary school. The project collects cooking oil waste from restaurants and residents, has it converted into environmentally friendly bio-fuel and uses that fuel to heat the homes of financial stressed families.
“I think the first time I walked a 15-meter line was the fourth time I went to a session. I was so determined!”
Dominique Harrison, slackliner.
“What I’m learning is that there’s no limits to what they can do. Like at certain times [I’m] like there’s no way she can do this. And she’ll do it. I’m just going to keep my mouth shut, like what do I know." - Bella of Gnarly in Pink’s Dad
"Gnarly in Pink" features three typical 6 year old girls, Bella, Rella and Sierra, with one exceptional passion - skateboarding. Already highly proficient, they all have dreams of competing at X Games and hopes of one day there being more girls in skateboarding.
“For 5 months of the year (NZ winter), we migrate to Europe (also Canada & USA) and take up residence in our trusty old rusty van…We travel to various bike races, festivals, events and many beautiful places in the mountains for magazine photo shoots & features…In between races & events, I take people on guided mountain bike trips through the spectacular big mountains of Provence, France.
In between all of the above, I teach a fun Vinyasa style flow yoga wherever & whenever I can and would love to share my practice with you in-between bike rides of course, and I also love to teach & get more women out there on their bikes.”
Anka Martin, professional mountain bike rider and coach. Anka and her husband Sven provide guided mountain bike trips based out of Nelson, New Zealand.
“Always keen on a new challenge, I won in 2013 one of the Best jobs in the World and worked in Australia for 6 months. Beating over 330,000 expressions of interest and around 45,000 videos sent from 196 countries ! Crazy ! A once in a lifetime experience who made me realise that there is something else beside Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm.
Follow your dreams.”
Elisa Detrez, French tourism professional and winner of tourism Australia’s Best Jobs in the World’s Park Ranger role in Queensland, Australia. As part of this role Elisa has been exploring Queensland’s natural attractions.
Elisa speaks four languages and has previously spent time travelling and living in Spain, Germany and New Zealand.
Last week consisted of many bike related activities - a 60 minute (much needed) bike maintenance session and a pedal powered film showing, which was so fun. Audience members took their turn on the bikes to power the projector. It was especially good as the film we were powering was Wadjda, a film about a 10 year old Saudi Arabian girl who dreams of owning and riding a bicycle; pedalling alongside her as she defied all customs imposed upon her for a more fair and just life.
We then finished the week off with the Scottish Enduro Series round 3 at Laggan Wolftrax in the Scottish Highlands.
“After I finished college, I moved back to Saudi and started working, and I felt so invisible as a woman. Nothing against me, really, personally, but it is the culture. It weighed me down. And I felt I needed some kind of [way to] vent. I needed to just have a hobby, and I made a short with the help of my sister and my brother, and I sent it to a small competition, and I got accepted. And people started talking to me, all of a sudden, and asking me what I think of stuff. It gave me that voice, and I really enjoyed making films, so naturally it progressed after that.”
Haifaa Al Mansour, screenwriter and film director. Haifaa’s most recent film Wadjda is the first film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia and the first feature-length film made by a female Saudi Arabian director. Wadjda tells the story of a 10 year old girl who dreams of owning and riding a bicycle whilst highlighting the oppression of women in Saudi Arabian culture.
After some phone tech support (from a lady with 50+ years experience of sewing - my awesome mum) to troubleshoot my sewing machine I changed a top into one with a zip up the back to one without!