#brokenwomenmendstronger was born in the fall of 2018, when the Kavanaugh hearings forced me to revisit a 30-year-old #metoo trauma from my own life. This work is about women applauding women’s courage to endure and, ultimately, prevail – despite it all.  It’s a testament to our power. I began the series with obvious heroes: Hillary Clinton, Anita Hill, Christine Blasey Ford, Emma Gonzalez, Oprah, Maya Angelou, and Tina Turner, but I also wanted to include the everyday women.  We who have risen victorious from these experiences without the luxury of celebrity or wealth.  We, who will not be broken by abuse and, where we have been broken, we mend ourselves with figurative gold, much like the Japanese art of kintsukuroi for repairing broken pottery.

I believe that we can be liberated by sharing our stories. Abuse often isolates victims, but when we speak with each other, we derive strength from our commonality. The circle of solidarity not only protects, but it empowers, and reclaiming our power is critical.  It’s the first line of defense in the battle to prevent further attacks against women and hold perpetrators accountable.

I hope that in gathering these faces of survivors, sharing our stories, others who have found themselves in similar unfortunate circumstances realize that they are not alone, along with the knowledge that we can stand shoulder to shoulder, story to story, and mend - and in mending change our world.

In solidarity with #metoo, #instasupport, #instawomen, #support, #enoughisenough, #domesticviolence, #strongwomen, #womenempowerment, #bestrong, #believewomen, #believesurvivors, #whyIdidntreport, #womensreality, #timesup, #nomore, #nevermoore, #meat14, #iamanastywoman, #imwithher, #everydaysexism, #tothegirls, #whyIstayed, #heforshe, #yesallwomen, #effyourbeautystandards, #tothegirls ..... I add

#brokenwomenmendstronger


These images celebrate and recognize the women that resist - and fight back for the rights of women, immigrants, the elderly, the vulnerable...to quote the great Congresswoman Maxine Waters "We know that when a woman speaks truth to power, there will be attempts to put her down... I'm not going to go anywhere."

#RESIST




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