Gasp! Can Brown Girls talk about being Unemployed? – SXSW 2018 PanelPicker Submission

Gasp! Can Brown Girls talk about being Unemployed? – SXSW 2018 PanelPicker Submission

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Hey Universe! We areThe 9to5 MisFits! We’re 2 brown women who became unemployed and decided to tell the world about it through YouTube and the Power of Storytelling.
Why? Because people become unemployed every day for different reasons, but
everyone seems to be treating it like some sort of shameful secret. This is
especially true in the South Asian community because unemployment is such a taboo topic; no one talks about it. True story I was an engineer for about 8 years until I got laid off last year, and I switched tracks into Video Production
after a lot of soul-searching and travelling (which is unheard of in the
Indian community). To date, 90% of my family does not know that I got laid off or
that I’m an entrepreneur now because when I was an engineer, to them, I had
reached this pinnacle of achievement but now everything else is a downgrade. Yeah
and as brown women, we’re fighting every day to be taken seriously in our careers
and to be given a seat at the table, and when unemployment is thrown into the mix it’s like a 100 times worse. So we want people to understand that, yes,
unemployment is terrible, awful, lonely, depressing but you don’t have to suffer
in silence. Since we became unemployed, we’ve done a lot of research talking to
a lot of people and realized that we really just want to bring about a
cultural change. Through our YouTube videos we tackle a variety of topics
that help our audience push past limiting beliefs and we want to bring
that same unique flavor to the SXSW Stage We not only want to provide hope and courage through our own stories but create awareness of the fact
that this stigma is very real in the South Asian community, for all the wrong
reasons. At SXSW, we want misfits like us to be heard because we’ve been
underground for way too long! So, vote for US! Let’s crush unemployment like a
boss.. you know because you don’t have one. Vote for us!

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