At 14 years old I looked 9.
I’ve always been the smallest- with big unmanageable hair, glasses, and at one point- braces (1997-2000 were the aesthetically scariest years of my life). I grew up in south Florida’s upper-middle-class SUBURBIA (Long Island transplanted to the outskirts of Boca Raton), and the majority of the girls I knew in Parkland were more interested in being dropped off for 3 hours at the Coral Square Mall, than playing video games- or jumping on the trampoline in my backyard. AND they let me know how different I looked than them- just to make themselves feel better about their own body changes (without realizing that I thought something was wrong with my undeveloping body; little did I know that this was all food-induced hormonal changes, and that my parents took much better care of me! Thanks parentals- you stopped me from looking 25 at 17).
I wasn’t interested in earrings with my name on it, or going to underaged nightclubs (albeit, Club Haze of Coral Springs closed down while I was in 9th grade- and I feel like missed out on its heyday). I was wearing overalls, and Grateful Dead t-shirts. They thought I was too childlike; I thought they were trying to WORK the mean streets of Riverside Drive.
When I went off to Florida State University, I realized that there was still a gap between “me” and “them”. I didn’t wind up in a flashy-lady sorority during rush, and thus, didn’t get a bid into the crazy parties that Greek life is known for- especially at the largest party school in the country. I now realize that this was the point I was segregated- from the girls who spend their lives in the bathroom, salon, and boutiques. This forced me to see the ways I could improve my own society- and create my own world. I didn’t like that my friends from high school and youth group were included- and I was excluded. I thought that there was something wrong with me.
Inevitably, there was nothing “wrong” with me- I just wasn’t supposed to be a part of a group that had a different leader- than myself. I was too independent, because I had always been forced to carve my own path. I had to learn how to make things happen- because if I didn’t make them happen, no one would make them happen for ME. I had never got along with the girls that had to be a part of a group- I mocked the flocks of women that would make customized “team shirts” to showcase their gang of friends during high school; I had friends from everywhere- and I wouldn’t align with 1 group. I didn’t see the benefit of isolating myself from everyone else- to be accepted by 1 type of person.
So, my new friend Nine…where were you at 14?!? Why weren’t you at CSHS? Where have you been hiding? I needed you- and I wished for you. I never had a female friend interested in video production, electronics, or online gaming. I thought I was a freak- and there was no role model telling me that "you are not alone- I am here with you!"
Purple and Nine is a show about two girls who just want to solve their everyday problems. They try quirky, cutting-edge solutions to fix things around the house, keep themselves awake in class, help friends overseas, and babysit Purple’s twin brothers. Technology is an integral part of our lives, say the founders, and the technologies shown in the series are cutting-edge technologies that either already exist or are under development.
Gangly Sister was founded by Rebecca Rachmany, CEO and Miriam Lottner, COO, two entrepreneurs who have been in business together for several years. As a founder of multiple technology startups, I find it incredibly important for more young women to enter the fields I’ve succeeded in, too. Over the last few weeks, many women have come forward in the STEM communities, endorsing the Gangly Sister initiatives:
“I l0ve the vision and creativity of ‘Purple’ and ‘Nine’. Kids using 3-D printing to solve problems and save the world, learning and having fun along the way, is awesome and inspiring!” Jenny Lawton, President, MakerBot
The pilot is self-funded, so the Gangly Sister founders have created an Indiegogo campaign to raise money from the fans. If they reach over $100,000, they’ll be able to produce a full season of 12 episodes. They say it’s no different than purchasing a DVD, or a music album, and they offer prizes for contributions as low as $4, so even children can be part of the campaign. Purple and Nine is translated to Chinese and Spanish, to align with the vision of reaching as many girls as possible.
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