The project "En forma con tu bebé (Fitness with your baby)", arose from the very needs of its founder, Ana Aranda, an athlete, enterprising woman, and also a mother.
“En forma con tu bebé" is a sport activity for moms integrating baby trolley. One of the key features is that it is done outdoors in the park and so the baby's daily walk turns into a dynamic class for postpartum recovery. The aim is to prepare for a return to physical activity, running or another sport, but it is also for women who just want to be fit again. It also creates bonds with the baby and with other women.
Last year, when Ana was pregnant with her first child, she was thinking about her return to training and it was clear that she would need a time for recovery and maybe a specific preparation. She also had to reorganize her new life with a baby. Then, she remembered that in London she had seen a group of moms in a park exercising and pushing their trolleys up and down, side to side. She began searching on the web, and found a great movement in the United States, England, Australia ... but very little in Spain and nothing in Zaragoza. So she decided to create this activity that now is offered in Escuela del Corredor de Running Zaragoza.
She has started with great success and she is confident that word of mouth will help. In the first sessions in the park, it was fun how many people looked at them surprised, without knowing very well what they were doing, or even thinking that it was a television show...
There is more and more information about the benefits of sport during pregnancy and postpartum, and women are aware of it and doing sport everyday!
Bara Skalova has found her mission in finding hidden talents within women. She likes changes she can see and the growth of self-esteem e.g. women at the maternity leave. She also helps people to clean easily and happily with the Czech ecologic detergents, you can find her at www.JakNaSkvrny.cz.
Bára Skálová našla své poslání v nacházení skrytých talentů v ženách. Ráda vidí a baví ji proměny a růst sebe-vědomí třeba maminek na rodičovské. Bára pomáhá uklízet lidem hravě a zdravě díky české ekologické drogerii, najdete ji na webu www.JakNaSkvrny.cz.
Many of women, when talking about work, also refer to their private lives; either to point out a woman model they admire who has managed to reconcile her personal life and work; or to commit to women, without children, whose lives are dedicated to achieving professional goals, removed from any dependence. Whichever the case, to the extent that women name it, they do not detach themselves from "their" responsibility concerning maternity and caring tasks. We doubt that this subject would be mentioned so often - even for rejecting it - if men had been asked, or if they had been asked about masculine entrepreneurialism.
On the other hand, we have also seen that many of the answers associated feminine leadership with transformational leadership - coined by Bernard Bass - as the kind that is characterised by achieving extraordinary effects on satisfaction and performance by employees and that is comprehensive and sensitive to the needs of their team.
To end with, we would like to emphasise that today's society, so needy of good leaders, cannot afford to limit access to decision-making posts for over half of the population (women), who have proven capability and are very well prepared.
This report responds to the objectives put forward in the 100Mirrors Extended project, which is sponsored by the Erasmus+ Programme within the Europe 2020 Strategy in Education and Training, that came into force in 2014 with the objectives of increasing competences by the members of the Education Community, among others, enhancing formal and informal learning, and improving the educational and training capabilities of teachers for employability of students. Erasmus+ aims to support European and national policies in all scopes of education and training through the added value internationalisation entails.
The current 100Mirrors Extended Project originated through another European Project carried out between 2011-2013: the 100Mirrors Project with participation by 5 European countries (Spain, United Kingdom, France, Poland and Greece within the Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP) that drove projects and activities to stimulate exchange, cooperation and improvement of education systems through innovative, multilateral projects.The principal objective of the former project was, given the lack of feminine benchmarks, to highlight and show models/examples of enterprising women (Mirrors) in any scope: social or business, through support by a website containing research, examples and links. This comprises a space where enterprising women present their experiences, abilities, capacities, limitations and difficulties they have to face up to, and who they have managed to achieve it in order to promote an enterprising spirit among women and boost their motivation to break through the "glass ceiling" which is now called the "concrete ceiling".
The reasons why we think that we have to keep on working on this issue are the following:
In accordance with the above, this report sets out the following objectives:
This report does not intend to be thorough - other reports full of data are available for that purpose, but rather to clarifying matters and serve as a resource for the target groups it is aimed at:
• Teachers - of Degrees, Postgraduates and Masters, in subjects that are related to entrepreneurialism, whether social or business, organisation and management of businesses; who teach subjects related to Labour Sciences, such as Human Resources and Career Advice, or teachers involved in Social Sciences, which could include equality as a transversal subject or that is featured in the subject contents, analysis of social reality, teachers of Sociology, Social Work and Social Psychology. The possibility of use by teachers of other more removed disciplines should not be excluded, in a transversal manner, for them to discuss the subject of (in)equality while teaching their classes and finding interest in the use of these materials.
• Organisations/Departments in universities who are in charge of career advisers for students in their last year of study, and who task is to help/guide them to join the job market. These departments or organisations, who usually organise workshops or seminars, should provide students with a view of the current job market situation and should also consider providing gender-separated data, particularly encouraging women to start up their own business or entrepreneurial projects in areas where they are lacking presence.
• Observatories and professorships within universities that are in charge of organising talks, training courses and events such as Girl's Days to encourage girls to study technical and scientific degrees, in which they are underrepresented. The data shown here can be used and disseminated to promote gender equality. Within this group we also need to consider Women's and Gender Masters Studies, located in different Faculties.
• On the other hand, our target group outside universities could be in Continuous Professional Training dealing with entrepreneurialism, career advice, but also women's networks and associations, business and management associations, enterprising women and students who are interested in the subject in general.
This report is structured in five chapters: Introduction, methodology, with information about the strategy followed to obtain the data presented; Data Talks, where the data highlighted in different national reports is analysed, data provided by our European partners in the 100Mirrors Extended Project, and transnational data about participation by women in different professional sectors; Women talk, where the data taken from the transnational survey by enterprising women is discussed and interpreted who are planning on starting up an entrepreneurial project or have recently started one and are taking their first steps along that road. Finally, the last chapter summarises the principal Conclusions.