Inspirational women in history who took the next step & what we can learn from them
Tea Gudek Snajdar, Culture Tourist
Women were often in the unprivileged position throughout the history, often seen as the second gender. However, this hasn’t stopped some of them in pursuing their dreams. And a successful careers. Often by taking that next step, they changed the world and made it a better place for (business) women in the 21st Century. During my session I’ll talk about some of these women and the ways they took the next step. I’ll start with some of the very important rulers, a true CEOs and managers of their time. Like Empress Theodora of the Byzantine Empire (6th Century) who fought for the rights of women, by passing anti-trafficking laws and improve divorce proceedings. Or Maria Theresa of Austria (18th Century), who was a mum of 16 children and a ruler of most of the Europe. Her biggest next step was making education mandatory and accessible. The next group will be poets and painters, who made that important next step in the art world. Like Jane Austen (1775-1817) who wrote at time when female writers weren’t encouraged. Or Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) who explored questions of identity, gender, class, and race in a society of her time. And at the end I’ll talk about some true girl-bosses of the 20th Century, who prepared the business world for all of us. Like Helena Rubinstein (1870 – 1965), American businesswoman, founder of one the first cosmetic companies. Or Coco Chanel (1883-1971), who designed perfect clothes for female entrepreneurs. By getting rid of the corsets and long dresses, she took traditional male clothes and redesigned it for modern women. All these next steps were hard to be made. But, like with our own everyday business decisions they required a strong brave women. So, why not take a look to the past and learn from some of the best?
Tea Gudek Snajdar is an art guide, a museum docent and a travel blogger. Originally from Croatia, she’s calling the Netherlands her home since 2013. With having the idea that art and history shouldn’t be exclusive and boring, she’s trying to make them interesting to a wider audience. So many amusing things happened during the history, it would be a real shame to miss them. She’s a founder of the Culture Tourist, where she’s writing about art and culture of destinations around Europe on her travel blog (www.culturetourist.com). But, she’s also organising museum tours and workshops (www.tours.culturetourist.com) in Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum.