International Women's Day for MY SISTER | Spring 2018
FAMOUS FEMINIST: Frida Kahlo
Frida was an influential and iconic artist who pushed boundaries with her work when it came to race, gender, and class. Her work was bold as was her willingness to challenge the status quo.
LOCAL ACTIVIST: Kristell Caballero Saucedo
Kristell is the Senior Program Associate for Racial Equity Initiative at Borealis Philanthropy. Borealis Philanthropy is a philanthropic intermediary that works as a partner to philanthropy, helping grantmakers expand their reach and impact. They are helping make bold ideas into reality.
FAMOUS FEMINIST: Angela Davis
Angela Davis is an iconic activist, professor and feminist leader. She has been a leader for social change over the years and continues to speak out.
LOCAL ACTIVIST: Alex Steinman
Alex is Co-Founder of The Coven, a community and work space for women and non-binary individuals to pursue growth through connection, collaboration and content. They “exist to cultivate a dynamic and diverse community of people who inspire each other to live more empowered lives.” This allows members to “reclaim their time and be any version of themselves.”
FAMOUS FEMINIST: Gloria Steinem
It would not be a post about famous feminists without mention of Gloria Steinem! Gloria was a leader of the feminist movement in the 1960’s and 1970’s and is still contributing to the feminist literature and movement of today. She never backs down and her advocacy for women’s rights has been unwavering.
LOCAL ACTIVIST: Joy McBrien
Joy is the founder and CEO of Fair Anita, a social enterprise that's all about investing in the power of women. They sell fair trade jewelry, clothing, and accessories made by over 8,000 women in 16 countries, creating economic opportunity for women with histories of sexual or domestic violence.
FAMOUS FEMINIST: Leslie Marmon Silko
Silko is a writer who continues to this day to write what is in her heart and soul. She shares stories of truth and of pain within the Native American community. She is known to stand true to herself no matter what any critic thinks.
LOCAL ACTIVIST: Amy St. Clair
Amy is a Bright Beginnings ICWA Case Manager at the Minneapolis American Indian Center. Amy advocates, she works with pregnant or recently delivered Native American women with substance abuse issues, she protests, and she gets involved in Native American issues within her community like wearing my red ribbon skirt while marching for missing and murdered native women.
FAMOUS FEMINIST: Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde’s poetry gave words to a generation fighting for civil rights. She spoke on issues related to black female identity as well as feminism. Her poetry continues to represent the struggle and outrage that is continually felt today. “I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.”
LOCAL ACTIVIST: Bianca Dawkins
Bianca is the founder of Faces of Hope, and organization that creates self-empowerment dolls for young girls. The dolls are tools to help spark conversation around self-love and self-discovery. As a young girl, who lived in a home that was torn apart from domestic violence, Bianca realized that all youth need to be reminded that they matter is to be shown love. This Benefit Corporation was started in 2015 is now ready to launch their FOH-zzie dolls.
FAMOUS FEMINIST: The Generation Before Us
The fight for liberation has been a long and winding road, one that we are still barreling through. But in the generation before us, women fought for the right to vote, for the right to safe health care, and for a spot in the workplace. They paved the way for a fight we are continuing.
LOCAL ACTIVIST: Saeteesh
Saeteesh represents a generation of women who came before us, fighting for gender equality throughout history. Saeteesh has no last name, because she belongs to herself and no one else.
FAMOUS FEMINIST: Representative Ilhan Omar
Representative Omar is relatively new to political landscape. She is a pioneer to so many as the first Somali-American Muslim woman to become a legislator. She has already graced the cover of Time Magazine and we have a feeling that she will become an important figure in women’s history. She is known for her policy work, humor, and readiness to fight for what is right.
LOCAL ACTIVIST: Fatimah Hussein
Fatimah is Co-Founder & CEO of ASIYA, a modest activewear brand that is striving to level the playing field for Muslim women of all ages. The company aims to help increase the level of confidence, cultural integrity, comfort, and health of female Muslim athletes by creating innovative activewear that is easy to move in, play in, and compete in, while honoring and upholding religious and cultural beliefs.
Campaign: International Women's Day for MY SISTER
Photography: NYLONSADDLE Photography
Local Activists: Kristell Caballero Saucedo, Alex Steinman, Joy McBrien, Amy St. Clair, Bianca Dawkins, Saeteesh & Fatimah Hussein
Wardrobe: Moth Oddities & MY SISTER
Styling: Moth Oddities
Location: NECO, Minneapolis, MN