The Teenage Girl – Let’s Break Some Stereotypes

Today’s guest post is from Kelli Joan Bennett, an amazing writer, actor, and producer of films who I met through Twitter. Her newest project is the documentary film High School 9-1-1. Both producer Kelli and the females in the movie are worthy of being called “inspiring,” in my opinion. Decide for yourself. Take it away, Kelli:


A documentary that breaks gender stereotypes

Slashing Female Stereotypes

What do you think teenage girls are capable of?  Spending exorbitant amounts of time on their hair?  Living for social media?  Texting nonstop?  Being boy crazy?  Do stereotypical teen descriptors such as immature, rebellious, shallow, or gossipy rush into your mind accompanied by images of spoiled brats from MTV’s My Super Sweet 16 or emotional basket cases from Glee?  Thanks to the media’s portrayal of teens, words like responsible, dependable, professional, confident, skilled, and respectful do NOT immediately pop up.  Neither does saving lives.

I am never more inspired by someone than when they are doing something completely unexpected.  That was certainly the case when I began producing the documentary High School 9-1-1 about Darien EMS–Post 53 the only teen run ambulance service in the United States.  Yes, you read that correctly.  Teenagers run an ambulance service.  Literally.  They drive the ambulances.  They are the EMTs.  They run the government of the organization.  And yes, it’s legal.  What inspires me even more than teenagers running an emergency medical service is that Darien EMS–Post 53 is made up of 50% girls!

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Men Vs. Women: The Pay Divide Between Genders in Major Sports

Today’s guest post is by freelance graphic designer James Smith of vouchercloud. When James came to me with an infographic that pointed out the sobering pay gap between men and women in major sports, I knew it was an important topic for a blog post. He kindly agreed to pen a post and it follows below, along with the infographic at the end. Take it away, James!

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The Gender Wage Gap Continues in Tennis

She Plays Tennis. Does She Make as Much Money as Man?

Gender & Sport: Where is the Balance?

With women continuing to impress on the world sporting stage, it would be natural to assume they’ve been able to bridge the money gap between themselves and their male counterparts – but have they?

While figures like Ronda Rousey, Serena Williams and Brazilian football star Marta are slowly becoming household names, is that sort of increased presence being recognised from a financial perspective for female athletes?

Tennis: Men Vs. Women for Wages

Tennis is arguably the sport which sees the closest parity between the sexes, with equal prize money currently offered at all major tournaments.

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Poetic Paint

I am pleased to have my submission featured on Resa’s fantastic blog Graffiti Lux and Murals today! Check out the mural from Victoria, BC that I love to walk by regularly. I am happy to share the artwork with you all. Thank you again Resa for featuring the work of artist Frank Lewis so well in the post.


Graffiti Lux and Murals

Christy of Poetic Parfait fame has sent us a lovely piece, indeed!

Photo © Christy Burmingham Artist: Frank Lewis – Photo © Christy Birmingham

It is titled “Bridging”..

Photo © Christy Burmingham Artist: Frank Lewis – Photo © Christy Birmingham

.. and the art is under this picturesque bridge.

christy-4 Artist Frank Lewis – Photo © Christy Birmingham

Photos taken by Chisty Birmingham – August 15, 2016

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

The Artist:

christy-3 Artist: Frank Lewis – Photo © Christy Birmingham

Also visit Chisty’s other blog When Women Inspire

christy-6 Artist: Frank Lewis – Photo © Christy Birmingham

Hmm, looks like there’s a bit of a tag here! LOL!

christy-5 Artist: Frank Lewis – Photo © Christy Birmingham

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