Candace Birkelbach

As Interviewed by Anita Iyer, on March 23, 2012
"I really hope that that itís possible [for there to be no discrimination]...I think itís kind of like racism or any kind of bias that people have: itís never going to go away completely because you canít control the way everyone thinks, but I think that thereís definitely a lot of things we can do to work towards ending it or reducing it."
Candace Birkelbach

Introductory Profile: About Candace Birkelbach

Candace Birkelbach, a Campus Coordinator at a nonprofit organization called GENaustin that helps empower girls at a young age, was my interviewee for this project. Our interview focused mainly on girlís empowerment and womenís rights, and how society is reaching the goal of equality between both genders.

Ms. Candace, as we call her in clubGEN, has wavy brown hair that barely reaches her shoulders. She has a kind personality, but is easily able to quiet things down when we get too unruly during club. She is very passionate about her work, and she cares about children in general, especially the girls in our club. She is also very willing to share her knowledge and opinions with the world: she gave complete answers to every one of my questions, and I am positive that what she told me was entirely honest.

After attending Texas A&M University, Ms. Candace not only worked as an education reporter in Killeen, Texas, but she also wrote in several Austin newspapers such as the Community Impact Newspaper, the Ausinist, and the Austin-American Statesman. Later, she became program director for a creative writing program for children called Austin Bat Cave. Currently, Ms. Candace is a Campus Coordinator at GENaustin, as well as teaching Creative Writing and Meditation at ACE Academy outside of GENaustin.

Ms. Candace agreed to interview me after one of our weekly meetings after school. The atmosphere was a bit tenser than I had imagined it to be: though I see Ms. Candace every week, it was quite a different experience interviewing her for a school project, and I believe she may have felt the same way. Any anxiety she might have had did not show up obviously, whereas I unconsciously expressed my nervousness by snapping a bracelet on and off my wrist throughout the interview, an action that I only noticed when I played it back to myself at home. However, once the interview started progressing, the mood in the room became more laid back, and she and I were able to comfortably ask and answer the questions.

Candace Birkelbach is a remarkable woman who is very involved in womenís and especially girlsí rights. She has lots of ideas and is very well informed about how the world will work to make both genders equal.