“The success of every woman should be the inspiration to another.” (Serena Williams).
Too often, as women, we’re taught that in the man-dominated environment we grow up in, there are only a limited amount of spaces for us to rise up to. Too often, as women, we are taught to think of the women surrounding us in academia and work as threats, as competition. This is partly due to the fact that the women of our society have to face the obstacle of worrying about losing out on opportunities. Almost from birth, our society communicates to us that losing a chance to another woman may mean another one will never come along. But life and learning and working should not be (and is not) a zero-sum game. There is room for everybody to have a success story, regardless of the form that takes. The journey there will never be easy (but what is?), but it will be worth every failure and victory experienced along the way. For becoming who you want to be (who you deserve, can, and should be) is what makes one truly successful.
The Eloquium Project (eloquium: Latin for speech, utterance, eloquence), was created with the aim to empower, with the aim to encourage, with the aim to inspire. History is full of stories of adventures and achievements but all too often, it centres on those to do with men. The Eloquium Project is about demonstrating that women are here, loud and proud and incredible. We always have been. We’re always going to be. Because we can, because we should. There is room for all of us, and The Eloquium project’s goal is to highlight that fact.
So, with this introduction, we invite you to join us in this six-month project. Join Dominique as she interviews every brilliant woman we can get a hold of. Join Laura for articles of all those we can’t get in touch with, but that everyone deserves to learn about. Join our talks and our interviews and our articles. Join us in the adventures and the achievements and the inspiration. The sisterhood will thank you for it. We will thank you it.
Laura Steel Pascual & Dominique Ender
“Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time.” (Ruth Bader Ginsburg).
Laura Steel Pascual is the Editor-In-Chief at Frank Creations, as well as one of two Project Directors for The Eloquium Project. She is a third-year Political Science (BSc International Relations and Organisations) student at Leiden University, in the Netherlands. Currently, she is also undergoing a minor there in Sustainable Development. Her core interests lie in democratic backsliding in its different forms, European affairs, sustainability and gender equality. See LinkedIn for more information.
Dominique Ender is the Chief Operations Officer at Frank Creations, as well as one of two Project Directors for The Eloquium Project. She is a third-year BA International Studies student at Leiden University, in the Netherlands, with a regional specialisation in East Asia and Mandarin. Currently, she is also undergoing a minor in Global Migration at the University of Amsterdam. Her core interests lie in gender equality, sustainability, and immigration. See LinkedIn for more information.