Monthly Archives: February 2018

I am becoming a proffesional stalker…

As I am reaching out to girls to interview for this project…I have come to realize and accept that I am becoming a stalker in many aspects. I know this sounds creepy, but stay with me.

Getting a general background on a candidate can take me hours of searching and reading, and obtaining contact information on some people can be impossible. To find, research, and contact girls that I believe would be good for my project, I go through a rigorous process that can take me hours just for one candidate.

Here is my process:

  • Find a girl who I feel has a story/needs their story to be heard
    • Whether it is through Snapchat, Instagram, Youtube, other journalist cites, or any digital outlet of the sorts, I am always looking for girls that I feel would be good for this project. I will google, I will search through Instagram, go through Youtube videos, read articles, and go through any source that is available to me to try and find girls who have stories that need to be shared.
  •  Do a background check
    • I begin to look at how she started out in her field of work. Where did she go to school? Does she have any social media? Youtube videos? What is she passionate about? Getting a background on a person before interviewing them is key. Asking them about certain events in their life can help tell their story, and knowing some basic information about them also makes them realize your legitimacy.
  • Getting their contact information
    • This has to be the hardest part of my process. This step can take me anywhere from a couple of google searches and about 5 minutes to calling their colleges and high schools to try and get in contact with them. It took me almost three hours to find the email of my most recent candidate for Project G.I.R.L, and that is normal for me. This is typically the time where I feel most like a stalker: when I have all of their social media accounts up, am calling their schools to get their contact information, and I am knee-deep in dead ends.
  • Emailing candidates
    • This email, though does not take me very long to compose, is vital to my chance of interviewing candidates. This is their first impression of me, and I need to make sure that each introduction is tailored to the candidate. For example, if I am contacting a candidate that has done interviews before, I will be able to talk more about my company and my vision. However, if I am contacting someone who has never been interviewed like this, I have to look over both my company and the legal process of an interview.
  • The interview
    • This is my favorite part. Seeing them, hearing them, listening to them, and writing down their story is my ultimate goal of my project, and it reminds me that all of the stalking, emailing, and calls from different time zones were worth it though I do not LOVE being woken up at 3 am from a call from the UK

So yes…I have become a professional stalker, and it can make me wildly uncomfortable when I am knee-deep in tabs trying to look for an email address or a phone number, but I’ve found that the interviews always, ALWAYS pay off.

Inspired by long nights,

Sabrina Schoenborn

CEO and Founder of Project G.I.R.L

Marlene Dietrich II: An exile rebel to Hollywood – Tony

Last week, I examined The Blue Angel and Morocco starred by Marlene Dietrich and the element of “gender rebellion” against traditional values in these films. After discussing with my mentor T. Pat, I decided to look at the more profound cultural trend that she both represented and influenced and examine the film Shanghai Express through this lens. Continue reading

Medieval Chronicles (part one) -Gwyneth

In my previous blog post, I mentioned that the next step in my research project is to look at primary source material. Therefore, I thought it would be useful to talk about primary sources a bit more specifically in this blog post. In regard to the different types of written sources from the medieval period, Joel T. Rosenthal, editor of Understanding Medieval Primary Sources, provides a useful breakdown of the material into three major categories: narrative histories, government records, and private or personal records (Rosenthal 1-2). Since the first category – that of narrative history – has arguably been the most influential in shaping analyses of Richard’s reign, as well as the most easily accessible to amateur historians such as myself (there is even a Medieval Chronicle Society!), it is here that I will focus my post. Continue reading

Painting a Picture. . .When You Aren’t an Artist – Sabrina

As I am preparing for my interviews by writing and formulating questions, I am beginning to look at the picture I want to paint.

Someone once told me that prepping for an interview tells half of the story, but what story do I want to tell? How can I tell it truthfully and not manipulate it while also showing the details and tones I want the world to see? Continue reading

Week 3: So… how about this paper, then? – Ethan

Up until this point, the structure of my actual paper has been nothing more than a periodically passing, vaguely worrisome thought — but that won’t turn out a paper, will it?

And so, this past weekend I hammered out a rough diagram (T. Olga suggested that I think about it like that instead of an outline) for it, and I honestly have no idea if it will stay anything like how I have it now in my final draft. Continue reading

Marlene Dietrich: The Blue Angel, Morocco and Gender Non-Conformity – Tony

Following the study of Casablanca as a sample of classical movie with a traditional gender dynamic, I have started to look at gender non-conformist movies in the liberal Pre-Code (Hays Code) era. The first actress on my list is Marlene Dietrich. Continue reading

Taking On the World – Sabrina

You-don't-have-to-do-it-all-by-yourself1As I was beginning Project G.I.R.L, I knew that I wanted it to be a ‘by-women-for-women’ company. I wanted all of the contributors, photographers, graphic designers, programmers, and writers to be women.

In complete honesty, I did not want any boys or men to be apart of the project. I felt as though it would go against my message of female- empowerment if I had help from some of my male friends.

I realized that may have been the most unhealthy presumption I have ever had.

Do not get me wrong – I find great beauty and empowerment by all-female-businesses, but I realized that, if we are going to make any social change, we have to do it together. I (now) believe that the way to end so many of the gender issues within our society is by working together with men to put an end to social inequality between genders. We cannot end sexism and the inequality between genders, as women, on our own – we have to do it together. We are better together.

Additionally, after having an incredibly hectic week, I realized that I do not need to do this project on my own (this video from RockPaperRobot helped exemplify this for me: check it out!)

I can reach out to my artistic friends who can help me make a logo, I can reach out to my technologically savvy friends to help me build the basis of the website, and I can go to different people researching female inequality because I cannot have the mentality that I both need to and have to do everything, because that is physically impossible.

I do not need to do everything and take care of everyone, and even if I wanted to I can’t. Accepting this and opening myself up to other’s help has been a challenge…but I am so excited to see how Project G.I.R.L will benefit from other’s contributions

Inspired by Acceptance,

Sabrina Schoenborn

Founder of Project G.I.R.L

Image Citation:

Miller, Jane. “’You Don’t Have To Do It All By Yourself’.” Jane Miller Design Studio, Lovely Templates,

Week 2: Synthesizing and Condensing – Ethan

This week has seen me downloading frankly ridiculous amounts of both archival and current articles from the NYT and slowly but surely making my way through them. I think I’ve reached the extent of my research — if you imagine it as a circle, it’s gotten to be as big as it’s going to get, and now I’m starting to fill it in. Continue reading