“I am nineteen years old, I have two children and I am pregnant with my third. When I was thirteen I made a sex video with my boyfriend. The video was on my boyfriend’s phone and his phone was stolen and the video was published on Facebook. Because of the video, my parents made me marry the boy. The cyber-bullying was awful and I tried to commit suicide several times and started seeing a psychiatrist. But, when I was 15 I gave birth to my first child, my son, and because of him I knew I had to lift myself out of my depression and out of my situation. I left my first husband because he mistreated me. Now I am remarried and I want to write a book about my experience. I am only nineteen and already I have experienced a lot of pain but I also know that when a woman wants to, she can lift herself up.” – Diana Iris Muniz Navarrete is a mother and waitress in Troncones, Mexico.
“The way I have lived my life is based on intuition, trust and being present. This is a feeling I associate with the feminine. This way of living has led me to an internship in Sweden, backpacking in South America and then I received a full ride plus living expenses to attend the New School in New York City. It is a quiet way of listening, and I know if I just listen I will be caught and I will be doing the right thing. Even if I land in a difficult situation it will teach me the right lesson or will put me in the next right place.” – Tasmin Sarah Clarke is a student studying photojournalism at The New School.
“When I got married I had a party for the family in New Orleans. At the party, my grandfather Deville said, “Well there goes the acting career.” He was right because I gave up so many opportunities. My husband was not supportive of my acting career, he wanted me to be his secretary and have babies. I stayed married for 12 years and left when I was 30. If I were a man I wouldn’t of had to ask anyone’s permission or question any of those opportunities.” – Bambi DeVille owns a vintage clothing shop in New Orleans.