“I have amazing kids. Being a woman and being able to have children is wonderful but it can also be confining. I couldn’t continue with my career because my husband and I started our family. With my husband’s career and schedule it would have been really difficult to maintain a house and a family if we were both working. It was a choice to stay home. I am a rather conventional person and I couldn’t see myself taking to the streets. This was during the 60’s it was a time of turmoil in this country. It was the beginning of the women’s movement. But I wasn’t going to go out and burn my bra in protest. That just wasn’t me.” Ellen Hagler has two children and four grandchildren. This is my mother and what better day to feature my mother to whom I am grateful for so many things including the spread she cooked today.
“I knew starting my own fashion company as a woman would be hard because I am a in a male dominated profession. And, I knew I could do everything better. That is coming from a place of total confidence and competence. Where I used to work I saw generations of incompetent male decision makers stifling both creativity and conversation. I knew I could only grow so far working in this kind of environment. There’s one supervisor that I still flip-off in my mind constantly. And, I still can’t give the details about how ineffective and emotional abusive he was because this industry is so small. I can’t wait for my business to grow so I can have a team working for me and the opportunity to treat my employees like humans.” – Molly Shaheen designs and produces leather fanny packs. MollyShaheen.com
“If I were not a woman, I would not have had such intimate access photographing nuns. They gave me a ticket to enter their lives and document everything from death to deep prayer. They were comfortable with me because I am a woman. It was this project that launched my transition from photojournalism to fine art which has been a wonderful adventure where I am able to find my true voice, be appreciated and be heard.” – Laura Husar Garcia is a fine art photographer who lives in Chicago.