What are some of the influences you loved growing up that made you realize your power? It wasn’t outside influences so much as the women in my family. The strong, intelligent, loving and fearless women who raised me.
How do you maintain your resiliency in these times?
Every now and then I give myself a reality check and come to terms with the fact that only my life can be lived by me and I’m in control of my own influence.
Do you think the current movement will be the one to change things for future generations?
I think we are still quite deep in the trenches with this newer movement. I believe that this movement was born out of the clash that happened when women entered the workforce en masse in the 60’s and 70’s.
WOMAN2020 is a portrait essay to document the firsthand experience of women during the current movement and what needs to be done as a society to propel the next generation forward.
Exhibition Opening, Spring 2020
What is the most positive thing about being a woman in 2019?
Women still have a long way to go, but the best part about being a woman now versus how it was even just two years ago, is that we are more aware, more organized, more vocal, and more supportive of each other than at any other time in history.
Do you think the current movement will be the one to change things for future generations? Yes, because women now are involving future generations in the movement. I think future generations will be the ones to change things even more because it is their movement too and they feel that. I have hope.
What do you feel needs to happen to make sure forward movement is possible? Lifting ALL women by pausing to see that NO ONE is left behind in your wake.
What needs to happen for us to move forward?
Some days I think that something really catastrophic will have to happen to rock us out of complacency. Someone said the other day that we each need to work on the 10% that we can control and come together in community to tackle the other 90%.
What needs to happen for us to move forward? We, as a society, need to be more aware - of each other. We need to support upward and laterally and mentor those younger than us. We need to be more empathetic and patient with one another.
What is the hardest thing about being a woman in 2018? Challenging social expectations. Most of my peers grew up with Disney and Barbies, so we were given a very skewed idea of what we should expect from ourselves and from men especially.
How do you maintain your resiliency in these times? Maintain a strong support system and accept help when needed, try to focus on self-care, keep working towards the goal.
What's the most positive thing about being a woman in 2019? Knowing we are fighting side by side for our rights. The Women's March was empowering. Despite our collective hurt, anger and frustration, we banded together around the world and showed the power of our resistance.
What is the hardest thing about being a woman in 2018? That woman are still not equal to men and struggle for acknowledgment in todays society, even though woman balance, multitask and juggle in their professional lives as well as their personal lives to achieve success throughout. Woman are as qualified as men if not more so.