“Until I was seven years old, my family referred to me as “Girl”. This was a Chinese tradition as having the women in the house do all of the housework, cooking, and serving. One day my older brother’s friend came to the house and said to me, “Girl – go get me a drink.” And I was horrified being spoken to this way and said, “My name isn’t girl. My name is Barbara and you can get your own drink!” The friend kept insisting that I serve him but my brother stood up for me and when the friend wouldn’t let it go I told him he had to leave our house, and he did. That day I told my mother that my name was Barbara and I didn’t want to be called “Girl” any longer.” Barbara Hunt McLanahan is the Executive Director of the Children’s Museum of Art in New York.
“After my initial launch of SlickChicks I received an email from a woman who had limited mobility who wanted to buy a pair of slickchicks underwear in a size XLL. At first, I was manufacturing limited sizes and told her that I didn’t have them yet in size XLL but as soon as I did I would send her some. Her request made me realize that the innovative product I had created for women to have a convenient way to change their underwear, also had a use as adaptable clothing for people with disabilities. Unfortunately, by the time I manufactured and sent the XXL garment to this woman, she had succumbed to cancer. But her daughter wrote to me and told me the most inspiring story. She said her mother was so excited that my product was on its way to her that she worked harder in physical therapy to keep her mobility so that she would be able to change her own undergarments and regain that dignity. While I am so sad that she never got that chance, the fact that slickchicks empowered her so much, erased any doubts I had about my product.” – Helya Mohammadian is the founder of SlickChicks.
“When I was 7 and 8 years old and living in the Dominican Republic, I was sexually and psychologically abused by a family friend. I didn’t tell anyone about it until I was an adult when I confided in a Nun at my church. She helped me and counseled me and eventually I did tell my mother. Now I can talk about the abuse without crying but I still feel an empty space inside of me. I have two children and I am very protective of them, especially my 18 year old daughter.” Monica works as a Custodian.