“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.
“In 1991 I was still living in Venezuela and was given the assignment to design the 1992 Ford Motorcraft Calendar that generally hangs in automotive shops. Historically the Ford calendar featured women in bikinis, but I told my supervisor that I was uncomfortable making a calendar about car parts that featured women in bikinis. Instead, I provided my layouts that featured the product, rather than women’s bodies. I was only 21 – but I had so much resolve about the issue that my supervisor and the art director accepted my alternative layouts without women in bikinis. Ford had orders for 23,000 calendars and given the population of Venezuela that is a lot of calendars. ” Mercedes Gil Harris is an independent graphic designer. Visit her her shop on Etsy.
“Our Mother’s generation was different. They accepted their lot and were nurses, teachers or stay at home mothers. I’m a mother and I don’t think I have missed out any professional opportunities because I benefited from all the women and mothers who worked so hard before us.” Stacey Marz is a lawyer and the Director of the Alaska State Court System, self help services.