Author: simonemenne

The market place for art goods: how a gallery works As a gallery owner, I notice time and again that many people know little about galleries and are therefore afraid to look around. Maybe they are unsure about how to behave or simply do not know how a gallery works – a problem that I want to solve with the following lines. So let’s take a look at how to visit an art gallery.

The market place for art goods: how a gallery works

As a gallery owner, I notice time and again that many people know little about galleries and are therefore afraid to look around. Maybe they are unsure about how to behave or simply do not know how a gallery works – a problem that I want to solve with the following lines. So let’s take…
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Why more women should speak in podcasts and take the stage While talking to all the inspiring women who were guests in my podcast “Die Boss – Macht ist weiblich”, I realized that many of them face similar challenges in their professional and personal lives. I think it is key to talk about these obstacles publicly, so that other women can benefit from the lessons learned and experience women have already made. However, accepting the status quo and providing other women with the knowledge on how to cope best with these obstacles constructed by a patriarchal society is not enough – together with many others I want to transform our economic system towards one of gender equality. Part of this transformation is that women across all sectors – whether already in managing positions or on their way up, should become more present in public discourse. Being a guest in a podcast is the perfect way to start!

Why more women should speak in podcasts and take the stage

  While talking to all the inspiring women who were guests in my podcast “Die Boss – Macht ist weiblich”, I realized that many of them face similar challenges in their professional and personal lives. I think it is key to talk about these obstacles publicly, so that other women can benefit from the lessons…
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A bitter pill to swallow – how medical studies exclude(d) women When I followed the recent media coverage of AstraZeneca and read about the way the vaccine has more adverse effects in women than men, I couldn’t help but think about an issue that still hasn’t been resolved yet. Once again, it has become evident: when it comes to pharmaceutical products, your biological sex makes a difference. Something scientists have known since the 1950s, and which should be self-evident by now. Yet, it wasn’t until 2014 that the European Union passed a new clinical trial regulation (No 536/2014) stating that trials should primarily represent the gender, age or ethnic group that was most likely to use the medicinal product. To mark the occasion of the International Day of Action for Women’s Health on the 28th of May, I’d like to share with you a little more about the subject.

A bitter pill to swallow – how medical studies exclude(d) women

When I followed the recent media coverage of AstraZeneca and read about the way the vaccine has more adverse effects in women than men, I couldn’t help but think about an issue that still hasn’t been resolved yet. Once again, it has become evident: when it comes to pharmaceutical products, your biological sex makes a…
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Don’t miss this year’s International Museum Day Besides being a great song, The Sound Of Silence resonates with me for an altogether different reason. It conjures up what I like best about museums, art galleries, all those marvellous places that have been doomed to temporary closure. Inside those buildings I can fully immerge myself in an intense, almost muffled atmosphere. A setting which allows me to be fully intent on the surrounding art. A silence that, just like the objects in it, is almost palpable.

Don’t miss this year’s International Museum Day

Why we will still need museums in our increasingly digital world Besides being a great song, The Sound Of Silence resonates with me for an altogether different reason. It conjures up what I like best about museums, art galleries, all those marvellous places that have been doomed to temporary closure. Inside those buildings I can…
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Is gender-neutral language necessary? I can most definitely say: yes, it is necessary that we all consider gender-neutral language, educate ourselves and make up our minds on how we want to use it. The challenges vary from language to language, and there are different obstacles in written versus spoken language. But the main question remains the same: do we exclude and offend certain groups of people in how we communicate?

Is gender-neutral language necessary?

  I can most definitely say: yes, it is necessary that we all consider gender-neutral language, educate ourselves and make up our minds on how we want to use it. The challenges vary from language to language, and there are different obstacles in written versus spoken language. But the main question remains the same: do…
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Art goes digital – my first Instagram livestream Art is always linked to the respective time in which it is created and goes hand in hand with the corresponding developments and advances. Thus, every decade gives birth to new techniques, creating exciting possibilities for artists. This was the case for letterpress printing in the late Middle Ages, portrait painting in the Renaissance, video art, and finally the possibilities of today's digital artwork. Big Data, signals and sensors characterize the age we live in. Digitization is changing our society, our culture and our perception. In doing so, it not only influences the way art is made, but also offers us new ways of presenting artworks.

Art goes digital – my first Instagram livestream

  Art is always linked to the respective time in which it is created and goes hand in hand with the corresponding developments and advances. Thus, every decade gives birth to new techniques, creating exciting possibilities for artists. This was the case for letterpress printing in the late Middle Ages, portrait painting in the Renaissance,…
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A list full of role models – FemaleOneZero’s “Forty over Forty” Forty inspiring women: each year, the online magazine FemaleOneZero’s “Forty over Forty” listicle honors female pioneers from all fields, be it politics, science, arts, activism, or business – and I’m proud to say that this year, I have been added to the list!

A list full of role models – FemaleOneZero’s “Forty over Forty”

  Forty inspiring women: each year, the online magazine FemaleOneZero’s “Forty over Forty” listicle honors female pioneers from all fields, be it politics, science, arts, activism, or business – and I’m proud to say that this year, I have been added to the list! In 2021, “Forty over Forty” focused particularly on women who create…
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Always the first – episode one of the second season of “Die Boss”  

Always the first – episode one of the second season of “Die Boss”

  The second season of my podcast “Die Boss” has started. It was amazing to me to read the feedback of so many women who felt inspired by the stories told in the first season. I am also curious to find out what the next episodes will bring, especially since there have already been a…
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Taking stock after a turbulent year The topic of women's quotas was probably one of my personal highlights of this podcast, but also of my year in general: a previous opponent of such a quota, I absolutely agree with my podcast guest Janina Kugel that we need this legal support so that women in management positions become a standard in German companies. We are still struggling with this, especially in Germany – and Corona has only made the situation worse. Jutta Allmendinger, President of the Science Center Berlin, very aptly described this phenomenon as “the danger of concealment of women” in episode 11. In fact, current evidence shows that women are feeling the brunt of the Corona pandemic by having to juggle working from home, teaching their kids, and housework at the same time. For me, this development was one of the most frightening insights into our society to emerge from the pandemic.

Taking stock after a turbulent year

2020 is drawing to a close – and what an unusual and turbulent year it has been for all of us. When we started planning the first episode of my podcast “Die Boss”, there were already signs on the horizon of what we nevertheless could not imagine in its full extent. To this day, Covid-19…
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Talking about gender quotas in politics and the German economy – “Die Boss” with Ursula von der Leyen During our conversation, Ursula von der Leyen explained vividly why her career was not quite as perfect as it may seem now. She also highlighted how her attitude towards gender quotas has changed. When she was younger and studying medicine, she was certain that she and her fellow female students would master the challenges ahead of them and be able to build their careers based on their skills. However, looking back at her class 30 years later, a lot of those women don’t work in the medical field anymore or didn’t climb the ranks.

Talking about gender quotas in politics and the German economy – “Die Boss” with Ursula von der Leyen

A very special new episode of my podcast: Last week, Ursula von der Leyen joined my podcast as a guest. What’s so special about this episode? First of all, we released this episode alongside the Stern focus topic on the gender quota and the campaign “Ich bin eine Quotenfrau”. The general idea behind the campaign:…
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