Each Friday during Women’s History Month we’re featuring three WaveMakers on RBFF’s staff and asking them a few questions about fishing, boating, and female representation in the industry. This week we spoke with Joanna Lario, Digital Content Manager; Maria Dominguez, Social Media Strategist; and Bruna Carincotte, Senior Manager of Public Relations and Communications.
How did you get into fishing and boating?
Joanna Lario: My dad and aunt love fishing and taught me when I was kid.
Maria Dominguez: My dad loved fishing and had a boat when I was little. That was my first encounter with fishing and boating.
Bruna Carincotte: Through RBFF!
What do you love most about fishing and boating?
JL: Spending time near the water with friends and family. The water is my favorite place to relax!
MD: These are great activities for unwinding while surrounded by nature.
BC: The time you spend with people you enjoy and the challenge to reel the fish in!
Who do you go fishing and boating with?
JL: Family and friends.
MD: RBFF staff, although this a great activity to practice with family and friends.
BC: My colleagues.
Where is your favorite place to fish and boat?
JL: I have great childhood memories in Costa Brava, Spain.
BC: I like deep sea fishing and would love to do it more!
Why is female representation in fishing and boating important?
JL: You can’t be it if you don’t see it.
MD: The water might be opened to everyone, but only the people who see themselves represented are likely to try fishing and boating. That's why representation is so important. Regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, and beliefs, everyone should be able to see themselves on the water to feel welcomed into these sports.
BC: It's a fun way to reinforce female equality and to inspire women to try different things with friends and family. It sends a positive message, and it supports women’s overall self-steam by challenging themselves to try something new
What advice do you have for other women looking to dive into fishing and boating?
MD: If they're trying for the first time, I'd recommend them to find a mentor; whether it’s a family member, a friend, or a fishing group. That way they could build more confidence while learning about the sport in a judgement-free environment.
BC: Be open-minded for the entire experience and give it a try.
Who inspires you?
JL: Naomi Osaka. She is a great tennis player, but also a leader that fights for what she believes is right and does it with grace and kindness.
MD: Amanda Gorman inspires me, not only because of her activism for racial and gender equality, and youth literacy, but also because of her growth mindset and personal story.
BC: All women inspire me in some ways! But there are some women who really stand up for their beliefs and for giving all to humanity without expecting anything back, like Mother Teresa, Jane Goodall and Jane Addams.
Why is Women’s History Month important to you?
JL: It is important to remember the great women that came before us and fought to achieve the rights that we enjoy today and to keep fighting for gender equality.
MD: It's a chance to recognize, highlight, and reflect on the women who led the way for change and paved the trail for us. There's still a lot to be done: Acknowledging women’s causes, accomplishments, and pain points in the past and present is a reminder of the road ahead to ensure that the phrase "girls can do anything" becomes a reality when those girls grow up.
BC: It’s important to support and promote gender equality.