Meet the her words team - Jana Plumm

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The work we do at her words wouldn’t be possible without a brilliant team of creatives. Every month we are shining the spotlight on one of our collaborators to find out about what they do, why they believe in feminism, and what they’re obsessed with at the moment. This month we are talking with one of our editors, the amazing Jana Plumm!

Star sign: Gemini

Currently eating: Thai green curry cooked by my husband

Currently listening to: Powerglide by Rae Sremmurd

Currently watching/reading: watching The Handmaid’s Tale Season 2 and reading It by Stephen King

Tell us a little bit about yourself

My name is pronounced like Yana. It’s a pretty common German name, which also happens to be one of the places I call home. I moved to Melbourne in late 2016 to end my long distance relationship and pursue the Aussie dream. I’ve lived in six countries so far, which continues to have the greatest impact on my attitude to life. When I’m not working, I love to travel to new places, skype with my family and friends all over the world, obsess about pugs and treat myself to anything matcha!

What has been your role at her words? How would you describe what you do?

My role at her words is in post-production as an editor. I sync the video and sound of the interviews, create multi-camera sequences, cut those into 10-minute episodes and sometimes do a colour grade, too.

What other work do you do? How can people find out more about you and follow your work and talents?

I freelance as an assistant editor most of the time on various projects from feature films to reality tv and on the side love to take on passion projects where I immerse myself creatively and shape stories. I have a website if you’re interested, or you can find me on instagram @janaplumm

Why do you believe it’s important to share women’s stories? What does her words mean to you?

It’s so important - especially in this day and age - to diversify the stories we read about, hear of and watch. The more we share women’s stories, the stronger we become as a global community to defend and protect not only women, but minorities and underrepresented people as a whole. her words gives women a platform to voice their truths without interruptions and helps people connect with women’s stories. I have learnt a great deal from the women who have shared their stories on her words.

What does feminism mean to you? Is it something you’ve always felt aligned with or did you identify with it later in life?

I am definitely a late bloomer when it comes to identifying as a feminist. Simply because growing up, I assumed that my rights were the same as anyone else’s. Also because I am a white woman, I was blinded by my own privilege for a long time. Entering my twenties, I started seeing more clearly how wrong I was for assuming that the fight for equality was over. Not just for my own rights, but for every woman’s rights everywhere around the world.

Who are some of the women who’ve inspired you along the way?

There are so many! In my close circle it’s my mother and my friends. I admire prominent women like Michelle Obama, Malala Yousafzai, Angela Merkel and J.K. Rowling. Women, who briefly cross my path, but leave a long lasting impression, such as the mother of one of the girls from the debate team I coached in school. She was tough, outspoken, and incredibly funny, swore like crazy and kicked ass at all times. Unfortunately, she lost her battle with cancer, but I still fondly remember her as being one of the many inspiring women in my life.

What do you struggle with most as a woman?

The struggle that I experience the most as a woman is getting people to listen and subsequently taken seriously.

What are you most proud of?

At this moment, I am most proud of my confidence. I love being more aware of it with age and experience and being in control of how I feel with it. Love yourself and treat yourself!

What’s one thing you believe each person could do to contribute to greater equality in Australia and beyond?

Listen.

What are you looking forward to right now?

Hugging my German friends who are soon visiting this side of the globe for the first time and later in the year partying it up and eating great food at a traditional Indian wedding in New Delhi.

Domini Marshall