Celebrating Women’s History Month in VR

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March 9, 2021
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Women’s History Month is an annual celebration in March to honor the contributions of women around the world and to commemorate the amazing strides we’re making toward gender equality. While those things can’t possibly be relegated to a single month, the hope is that during this month, everyone will reflect on and learn more about the sacrifices, inventions, and contributions that were and are made by women.

To celebrate Women’s History Month, we’re curating “Made By” content that highlights women creatives and the lived experiences of women around the world.

Celebrating Women Storytellers

Throughout the month of March, you can discover a collection of powerfully diverse stories about women from around the world. Here are some highlights:

A new series from Lenovo: New Realities is a dynamic, artistic celebration of women who are using technology to showcase global social issues and empower empathy. In each of the 10 films in the series, you’ll meet a young woman in her home country during a time of global upheaval and the COVID-19 pandemic. Captured in 2020, the 360° storytelling champions the individual journeys of a courageous and diverse group of young women using technology to achieve their dreams, such as supporting a social cause, creating thought-provoking art and music, or providing a desperately needed service in their community.

Featuring changemakers from Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the UK, and the US, New Realities is championed by Girl Up, the gender equality initiative of the United Nations Foundation (UNF) as well as filmmaker Ava DuVernay and ARRAY Productions. The New Realities series launched on Oculus TV on the Oculus Quest Platform this month for Women’s History Month.

Around the world, more than 130 million girls are out of school. Step into the life of Rani, a girl from India who is part of a growing movement of girls inspired by Malala Yousafzai to change their path and become educated community leaders. Directed by Sadah Espii Proctor, Girl Icon is part of the Oculus VR for Good Creators Lab program in partnership with Malala Fund and Milaan Foundation.

“I want girls to look at me and think they can achieve anything they want,” says 17-year-old Rani. Her community and the Hindu caste system limits her family to washing clothes and linen for a living. But Rani is determined to finish school and train to become an army officer. In Girl Icon, she gives us an intimate glimpse of her life, hopes, challenges, and dreams—and how she's helping other girls in her community. Girl Icon is available on the Quest Platform.

Games, Apps, and VR Films Made By Women Creators

Across the Oculus Platform, you can explore a diverse lineup of immersive experiences created by leading women in the VR industry. Celebrate these creators and jump into their content, from virtual narratives to fitness services to thrilling adventures and more! To highlight just a few today:

Baba Yaga
Made By:
Maureen Fan, CEO
Developer: Baobab Studios
Available On: Oculus Quest Platform

The Under Presents
Made By:
Samantha Gorman, Founder/Creator
Developer: Tender Claws
Available On: Oculus Quest Platform // Rift Platform

Myst
Made By:
Hannah Gamiel, Development Director
Developer: Cyan Worlds, Inc.
Available On: Oculus Quest Platform

Wolves in the Walls
Made By:
Jessica Shamash, Producer
Developer: Fable Studio, Inc.
Available On: Oculus Quest Platform // Rift Platform

Blaston
Made By:
Huiting Wang, Senior Manager
Developer: Resolution Games
Available On: Oculus Quest Platform

Supernatural
Made By:
Sam Storr, Head of Content
Developer: Within
Available On: Oculus Quest Platform

BATTLESCAR: Punk Was Invented By Girls
Made By:
Mercedes Arturo, Writer & Physical Installations Designer
Developer: Atlas V
Available On: Oculus Quest Platform // Rift Platform

Click here to learn more about BATTLESCAR and Mercedes Arturo’s path to VR.


How will you celebrate Women’s History Month this year? Let us know in the comments.