"Everyone told me that going from one child to two children was a big leap. For me it was going from zero children that was a huge shock and felt like going into a big bucket of ice. I had not really been around babies before. I think the assumption is you will be a natural because becoming a parent is natural. But for the first three months of parenthood I felt awkward. Now I have three kids and its not awkward. Though, I am much more fearful for myself now that I am a mother. If I am by myself on a plane or a train I am more aware of potential risks - not because of 911 but because I don't want anything to happen to me while my kids still need me." Tirzah Schwarz is a partner in S2, a fashion showroom.
"Because I'm a woman I've experienced love. Let love go." - Stacy Y.
"I've learned to be confident about my work. I've had so many men say to me that they couldn't relate to my photographs because they are so emotional. Several of them said, "Why should I care about this?" I've come to a place where I don't need male approval. I can make the work I want to make and still find an audience. I don't need to make universally appealing work." - Jennifer McClure is a fine art and documentary photographer and in a few days will be a new mother. JenniferMcClure.com
"My whole family is what is most important to me. I'm in a choir and I like to show and teach my kids love and what is important in life." _ Anette McKie is the mother of six children.
"Being from Brooklyn I'm outspoken and I speak my mind. Everything I've gone for in life I've gotten. Just this week I got a job with the government." - Heather W. Malone participated in the Coney Island Mermaid Parade. Follow her on insta:@bklynsnaps
“I was honorably discharged from the army because I was pregnant. But then my husband got deployed to Iraqi Freedom while I was pregnant. I tried to fight his deployment. It seemed unfair and it sort of ruined our marriage. We are divorced now.” - Sheila Toland participated in the mermaid parade in Coney Island this past weekend. insta:@sunshinesheilastar
“ I remember very clearly when I bought my first wallet. It was a guy’s wallet and I was very proud of it and when my Dad saw it he said, “Hmmm that’s not really very feminine is it?” I was confused by his comment and he gave me a look like I should be more feminine. It was about image more than anything else and how other people will see it. After that point I did start to act like a girl, but I’ve never had a woman’s wallet and I never will.” - Alysia Promislow is a photographer. Check out her work at dynisphotography.wordpress.com
“My Mom is one of the biggest advocates for Planned Parenthood in the state of Wisconsin. She is on the board and since I was a kid she took me to rallies and always talked about the issues with me. Like right now she says that Trump isn’t only trying to take away access to abortion, he is trying to limit all Planned Parenthood services including access to contraception and even just general health care services.” - Samantha Norman is socio-spacial analyst at PLASTARC.
“I never learned how to mow a lawn. I grew up in the suburbs and my Dad never taught me how mow the lawn. My Mom taught me to clean bathrooms, wash dishes, do the laundry and how to bake. I feel robbed of that experience and I feel like that was very gendered and symbolic probably of other things I didn’t learn how to do because I was a girl.” - Christa Orth is a documentary filmmaker, her latest film is North Pole,NY
“I’m a graphic designer and something that I’ve struggled with is confidence in my own work. I see male designers seeming confident sometimes even if their work is mediocre. Having to doubt yourself and look over your work more can benefit your work but it can also have a negative effect on your health.” - Madison Bozinoff just graduated from Pratt.
“I have three sisters and one brother. My brother was able at a young age to be wild and run the streets. We had to stay inside because our parents said we were easy targets and he wasn’t.” Took Mealing-Woods is a photography student at Nassau Community College.
I had just finished up leading a photo walk in Coney Island for @adorama and during the walk I saw so many women I would have liked to stop and interview but I was occupied with the group And prefer to reserve my me&EVE experiences for one on one interactions. The light was beautiful but fading quickly - I really try to let the right “eve” for the day find me. It just , wasn’t happening and I was headed to the subway when I saw a woman standing in the light. Afterwards she asked me why I picked her and I said I just had this feeling and she was giving off a powerful positive vibe - she thanked me, looked up me&EVE on her phone, put on her helmet and drove off. “I had breast cancer and I had melanoma. I don’t take life for granted anymore. I don’t just think about working and working.” - Lana.
“I went to a tiny Christian college in Florida and my career options there becoming a teacher or counselor. After my Freshman year I was feeling really limited by these options and I talked to my Mother about it. She suggested I go to cosmetology school and I am sure she suggested it to me because I am a woman. I don’t think she would have suggested it to my brother. But that changed the course of my life for the better because I didn’t know I had any artistic ability bc I couldn’t even draw a stick figure. But being a hairdresser has unleashed my creative side and now I paint as well.” - Shirley Hagel is a hairdresser at Parlor.
Topeka K. Sam spoke on a panel at the White House on Friday about criminal justice reform. “I think the ability to discern is a gift that is given to most women. In the Bible wisdom is referred to as a woman. I wouldn't be as wise if I weren't a woman. I call this discernment God speaking to us. This ability has empowered me to fight for incarcerated, formerly incarcerated and marginalized women and girls." - @topekaksam is the founder and executive director of The Ladies of Hope Ministries. The mission of The LOHM is to help disenfranchised & marginalized women transition back into society through education, spiritual empowerment, entrepreneurship & advocacy. She is also the co-founder of Hope House. Topeka served 3.5 years in federal prison and today is her birthday as well as the 2018 #dayofempathy
@donnahylton who I featured last year for the Women's March on Washington, was invited to attend the White House prison reform forum but then she was denied entrance at the door. Hylton, who lives in Brooklyn, was one of the speakers the D.C rally. "Once , I wasn't able to speak up for myself but now I can. I am the voice for all women who don't have a voice or are not allowed a voice. Next week it will be 5 years since I was released from prison. And I am going to Washington to remind people that the women in prison are just every other woman, mother, daughter, sister. But over 90% of women who are incarcerated are also victims of sexual violence. We have to talk about women and violence. Our very humanity is on the line."
"I was determined to have natural childbirth, I wanted to feel all of it. When I was giving birth in the hospital I clearly remember a doctor coming in to have me sign the forms permitting an epidural in case I should I need a cesarean and I said to him - The epidural does not exist. He closed his clipboard looked at me and said - Ok. Good Luck. It was rough but I delivered a nine pound baby and I learned through that experience how mentally strong I am. How emotionally strong my relationship with my husband is and of course how physically strong I am. I wonder sometimes if men are jealous that women go through childbirth and they don't." - Corrine Ellingson is the mother of two children and the director of operations at the New York International Children's Film Festival.
"I considered myself "Mom" first, and anything else was just the celery in the whitefish salad - you know, just filler. Being a Mom was always number one. I've learned that I did my job. I wanted my children to be fearless and they are fearless. And now I try to fill my time with interesting things but the bar is set high because they is nothing like having those little kids around - nothing like it." - Lori Sloan has two grown children and is now spending much of her time exploring photography.
"Having the role of Mother teaches you more about yourself. You have the responsibility of teaching this other person. You have to push yourself further. I am going to create and raise an amazing human being. And you have to push a little bit harder to show them things are possible." - Wanda Fraguada is a mother and she works at Parallel18.