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thesis blog

You are invited to look through my blog to see the evolution of my thesis year at SVA's Products of Design as it progresses.

Hello World, this is Future Female

I have just started my thesis year at SVA's Products of Design and I wanted to keep a blog as way to document my process, my thoughts and some of the events I am attending. As a bit of background I offer my first iteration of my thesis title and description here.

Future Female: Defying Gender Norms Through Risk and Adventure

The women’s movement of the 1960s propelled much needed change in our society, but even today, 50 years later, women still struggle to be heard, to earn equal pay, and to be recognized for their achievements. Inspired by women who are making headway in the great outdoors, competitive sports and activism—all activities which require embracing risk and a spirit of adventure—this thesis will develop a suite of design interventions including service platforms, physical products, experiences and digital products to empower women everywhere.

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I just came back from a summer full of reading on adventure and feminism. This is a sampling of some of reading I have done. I am specially looking forward to using risk as a material for design and empowerment as well as exploring activism as a form of adventure.

The good news is women and their achievements are the hot topic right now, and I am excited to have chosen such a timely topic. These are two encouraging campaigns I have seen recently:

Time Magazine - FIRSTS: Women Who Are Changing The World

Outside Magazine - The New Icons: The Future of Adventure is Female

I leave you with one of my favorite quotes from my summer reading.

Cheers!

Polls show that what women fear most from men is violence, and what men fear most from women is ridicule.
— Gloria Steinam, My Life on the Road