NERDGRRRLFRIEND IS A PROJECT I LAUNCHED ON INSTAGRAM AND FACEBOOK. BY HIGHLIGHTING THE STORIES OF WOMEN I ADMIRE, I WANT TO INSPIRE OTHERS TO LEARN MORE ABOUT GREAT WOMEN WHO SHAPED THE WORLD.
Back in 2011, I started a blog called Nerdgirlfriend, turning an idea I had in my head ever since I had finished university one year earlier, into reality. Back then I was still wondering if I should write a book or a thesis about female photographers, designers and artists from the 1920 and 30s. I was (and still am) fascinated by the decade, primarily by the changing role of women, especially in the arts. As I was a bit scared of tackling such a big project next to a full-time job at an agency, instead of researching and writing a book, I started a said project. The name Nerdgirlfriend was inspired by a blog called Nerdboyfriend that I liked a lot back then.
While I did invest a lot of time into compiling lists of women I wanted to mention, it was the time for writing and researching that was scarce. Ambitious as I was back then, I wanted to publish short biographies alongside anecdotes and quotes by women like Charlotte Perriand, Marianne Breslauer, Greta Taro and others. Slightly overwhelmed by this goal and the time it takes to dig up information about these women that goes beyond what Wikipedia tells you – I regret to have to say this – I quickly abandoned the project.
Fast Forward 7 Years
I still love the idea of giving fabulous women a platform. To those from the past, but also to contemporary women that I admire. So, in between 2011 and today there were many concepts, ideas and futile attempts to resurrect the blog. Now, seven years after the start of Nerdgirlfriend, we are facing an era where feminism, the representation and rights of women are discussed through almost all realms of society, I feel like it’s time to start this project up again.
Many things have changed since then. Feminism has luckily become much more intersectional and inclusive. I would be lying if I said the list of women I had compiled back in 2011 was very diverse. So, that is something I want to be working on in the future.
Also, Tumblr feels pretty much dead by now. So, I decided to take the project over to Instagram. To me, it feels like an excellent place to spread the stories of great women to a broader audience. I have yet to decide about the frequency of the posts. But, I plan to dedicate three posts to each woman: one portrait alongside a short anecdote or fact from that woman’s life, a quote by that woman, that I find inspiring and an image giving you an idea of the woman’s work.
Additionally, I am relaunching the Facebook page I had set up back in the days; there I will be sharing additional material as well as links and so on.
Nerdgirlfriend becomes Nerdgrrrlfriend
Another thing that has changed is my ambivalence towards calling grown women “girls”. Back in 2011, in my mid-twenties, I was more comfortable referring to myself as a “girl” rather than “woman”. As I am nearing my mid-30s, this has changed. Still, I wanted to retain something of the old idea in the name, so with a nod to the Riot Grrrl Movement, I rechristened the baby Nerdgrrrlfriend.
I am curious to see where this project will take me and I am happy to take you along on the ride! Feel free to share some inspiration by commenting or messaging me on Instagram or send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, obviously I will be using images that are not my own, if you see me sharing an image that you own and don’t want me to share, please contact me and I will take it down as soon as I received your message.
Come Along on the Journey
Charlotte Perriant, 1903-1999