On Tuesday, September 13, my friend Shirley and I took an adventure to visit a new college campus, the University of Maryland, College Park, in order to view a screening of the independent film Dream, Girl. Due to transportation complications, we ended up missing the first half of the film, so this review will cover the latter half only.
Dream, Girl discusses the journey of five women entrepreneurs in a mostly first person account. Here are some highlights from what we watched:
- We learned that companies with women CEOs get only 3% of investments but earn more than 12% than companies with male ones.
- According to investor Joanne Wilson, the job of the investor is to keep the director from quitting.
- When choosing whether to invest in a women-led project, don’t do so out of sympathy. Rather, invest because the stories actually matter and are good in and of themselves and are worth telling.
- According to Annie Wang, the choice of a life partner is the most crucial determining factor for success. She and her husband balance each other out because she is the adventurous dreamer, while he provides the financial safety net. As she stated, “He’s the blue chip stock, and I’m the speculative stock.”
- Everyone attending the screening loved the quote by Mariama Camara, “Just because they can’t do it, they want to tell me I can’t do it. . . . When you get to a door, you knock, and if you can’t get in, you break it!”
- Clara Villarose, at 84, is on her third major career. The first was possibly discussed in the part of the movie that we missed. Her second was as the owner of the largest African American bookstore in the nation with over $1 million in sales. Then, at the age of 80, her daughter convinced her to start a publishing company for African American women because of a representation gap in the market for African American women.
- The crucial take-home point of this film is to surround self with ambitious women in order to find it inside yourself.
Following this screening, we experienced the highlight of our evening in meeting Sharon Strange Lewis, the senior director of Women and Diversity Programs in the Office of the Dean of the Robert H. Smith School of Business. Ms. Strange Lewis proved to be an inspiring example of the importance of desegregation, diversity and inclusion, and encouraging all women to pursue their dreams in order to fulfill their potential.
To see further information on the film, visit Dreamgirlfilm.com.
This article was jointly written by both Shirley Samson and Vicki Mejia-Gewe.
Watch the trailer: