Breaking glass, bringing change

See how three women are transforming the worlds of art and technology

06 Dec 2018

Breaking glass: Paola Antonelli

Are women more ambitious than men?

MoMA's Paola Antonelli—one of the most influential curators working today in the art world, which has traditionally been a male-dominated industry—sees no difference between the sexes when it comes to the desire to achieve great things.

"I think it's opportunities that are different," she says.

Antonelli, Senior Curator of the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, is one of three noteworthy women featured in our new film series "Breaking Glass." Produced in collaboration with Artsy, the series celebrates exceptional female leaders transforming industries still dominated by men, and the mentors who inspire them.

The release of the series coincides with the premier international art fair, Art Basel Miami Beach, of which UBS has been a proud lead partner since its inception in 2002. These women, with the help and guidance of those before them, are using their positions of power as a platform to advocate for gender equality in their respective fields and reshape the future.

"What’s life about after all if you cannot really do something of influence?" asks Antonelli.

See more of their stories below.

Breaking glass: Kimberly Bryant 

As the Founder and Director of Black Girls Code, Kimberly Bryant wants "girls to understand that they have the right, the power to create the life they want for themselves."

Bryant graduated as an electrical engineer in an almost exclusively Caucasian, male field. After discovering, years later, that her daughter's computer science classrooms still had the same lack of diversity, Bryant was determined to act. She created this educational initiative to introduce girls to basic skills in computer programming, robotics, and more.

Breaking glass: Jude Kelly

One of the most powerful arts leaders in the U.K., Jude Kelly, decided to make a "body of work which in every single sense was going to be questioning the place that women's stories have in art, culture, and in everyday civil life and political life…and make those stories matter." Jude is also the Director of Women of the World, sponsored by UBS, a global network of festivals that honors women's achievements, with the goal of inspiring the next generation to continue the fight for gender equality.

The worlds of finance and art are inextricably linked. While both have been critical to the development and evolution of our societies, they also share a history of having traditionally undervalued the contributions of women. At UBS, we're working hard to better serve women by supporting financial confidence. Find out more and play your part.