My name is Patricia Schimpf, and I am your newly crowned Miss Maine for America Strong 2021! I am so honored to represent our gorgeous state of Maine for the next 12 months! I am a homeowner on Mount Desert Island, where I have spent the last 11 years working as a commercial lobsterwoman. I have a passion for photography, and have recently launched my own business so I can share our beautiful state and its unique people with the rest of the world.
I graduated from Ellsworth High School, class of 2006, and from there I went right into the work force. Like many Mainers, I have had to be versatile, adaptable, and resourceful, to make my living and to thrive as a single woman. I understand very well the value of grit, determination, and hard work. Over the years I have been a self employed landscaper, a veterinary technician, a bartender, a home care giver, and restaurant worker, and more! After all, a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do!
Being a woman working in largely male dominated industries has presented many challenges, including job discrimination and sexual harassment. I have had to recognize and remove myself from many dangerous and unhealthy situations. It has fueled my passion for personal self defense training and education, and I think it is incredibly important for women everywhere to be educated and prepared for potentially unsafe situations, before they arise! (Hopefully they never do) Women working in the trades need support, advocacy, and accountability for the unique challenges they face and systems and protocols to ensure they are part of a healthy work environment.
As your Miss Maine for America Strong 2021, I plan to create just that! Starting with self defense practice and education programs for young girls who might not yet understand the empowerment and necessity of being able to protect themselves. I hope to create programs that are powerful and lasting so that such education will be available for all women in our state who wish to utilize it. If I can help even one woman or child protect themselves, it will all be worth it.
As your Miss Maine for America Strong 2021, I promise to dedicate myself to my title, my platform, my fellow titleholders and pageant sisters, and every single one of YOU, with passion and integrity. I want women everywhere to know that they are powerful, strength is beautiful, and they should be proud to do what they do like a girl!
Much love and many thanks,