"To me, feminism is about equality: I believe women deserve to have the same rights and privileges as men do. As a feminist I strive to empower women, and encourage women to stand up for themselves. Everyone has a voice that deserves to be heard."
You might know this gal as BRIDGETTE DUNNING from Season 18 of Big Brother, but we like to think of her as the strong feminist bad ass from Big Brother! And that's not all. Bridgette is also a traveling E.R. Nurse on a mission to change the world and empower those around her.
We think she's off to a darn good start and can't wait to see what she has in store for the future! KEEP IT UP Bridgette, you're a ROCKSTAR!
Every Ella: Tell us a bit about yourself.
Bridgette Dunning: I am a 25 year old Traveling Emergency Room Nurse! I absolutely love to travel: visiting family and friends, meeting new people and exploring. I recently learned how to surf (though I’m not great at it quite yet lol), I also love to hike, I practice yoga, and never turn down a chance to karaoke.
You were just on season 18 of Big Brother. In one word describe that experience.
OK, now we’ll let you use more words - ha! Explain why you chose that word.
I feel the experience was a complete whirlwind: being immediately cut off from my entire life, all of my family and friends then being thrown into a house with strangers and being under cameras and microphones 24/7! It reminds me of Dorothy being taken by the tornado and waking up in Oz!
What was your favorite part of being in the Big Brother house?
My favorite part of being in the Big Brother house is the friendships I’ve made with my fellow housemates!
What was the hardest part?
The hardest part was not having any contact with my family or friends! I missed them all so much.
If given the opportunity, would you do it again?
Yes, I would definitely play again. My time in the Big Brother house was like no other and I’ve come away with some lifelong friends that make the entire experience worth it to me.
While you were on the show you proudly showed that you are a feminist. What does feminism mean to you?
To me, feminism is about equality: I believe women deserve to have the same rights and privileges as men do. As a feminist I strive to empower women, and encourage women to stand up for themselves. Everyone has a voice that deserves to be heard.
You had an all girls alliance with Bronte and Natalie on the show called the “Spy Girls.” Did it help you to know you had girls in the house who had your back?
Yes, I absolutely love my Spy Girls! I feel that the bond we shared was a great advantage in the game. It can be extremely lonely in the Big Brother house, and it was comforting to have my Spy Girls by my side.
What do you do for a living?
I am a Traveling Emergency Room Nurse! I do 3-6 month contracts for different hospitals. I tend to choose my travel location by deciding what new hobby I want to try. Right now, it’s surfing!
What is the best part of this career in your eyes?
I love being a nurse because my job is to literally help and care for others. Emergency nursing can be extremely stressful and fast paced, but knowing that I’ve helped someone in need is incredibly rewarding.
Why is it so important to you to help others around you?
My life goal is to make the world a better place in whatever way I can. Since I was a young girl, I have always felt a calling to help those in need. I decided to pursue this calling by becoming a nurse. I also offer my time to volunteer work whenever I can.
What are your personal goals and ambitions for the future?
My dream is to travel all over the world to love, care for and educate those in need. I also plan to pursue my masters degree and become a Nurse Practitioner.
If you could have dinner with one female celebrity, who would it be and why?
Emma Watson! I absolutely adore Emma and all that she stands for. Her work with Unicef and the ‘He for She’ gender equality movement is inspirational to say the least. I’ve been following her since she played Hermione! She has always proven to be an amazing role model and someone I truly look up to.
What are you currently reading or watching?
I love reading science fiction novels! I am currently finishing up ‘The Mote in God’s Eye’ by Jerry Pournelle and Larry Niven and just started reading ‘Armada’ by Ernest Cline. This book was actually sent to me by an incredibly gracious fan who shares my love of sci-fi!
Name one woman who inspires you.
My Grandmother Estrellita inspires me everyday. She immigrated to the U.S. from the Philippines in the 1957. Not only did she make it possible for her seven younger siblings to follow her to the United States, but also became a successful real estate/mortgage broker in San Francisco. My grandmother also inspired me to pursue my nursing career and always encouraged me to be a strong successful woman.
What advice do you have for girls today?
My advice for girls is to be yourself and be proud of who you are. Pursue your passions and follow your heart. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you are not capable of accomplishing your dreams. It may not be easy at times, but know that you are capable of anything you set your mind to.