Jing and her husband have owned Crystal Cleaners and Laundromat on East 20th Street for eight years. “Because I am a woman I am very luck to have babies. I have two happy and smart daughters,” said Jing. “I think maybe in the work world and at school it may be easier to be a woman, but at home it is harder. We have to take care of the home, the food, the children,” she said. For Jing it doesn’t matter that she didn’t have any sons. “In Chinese culture having boys is more celebrated. I am happy that I have two girls but maybe for my family, they would have been happier if I had a son,” she said.
Luisa has been working at Rent The Runway for the past two years and she aspires to do something more intellectual in the fashion industry. “I want to do something where I make a difference in the world. The fashion world is disillusioning – I want to make clothing more meaningful, more intellectual and less about having something.” She pointed out that sometimes it sucks to be a woman. “I am into politics. And there are huge inequalities between men and women. Even in fashion – everything costs more for women. It sucks. A lot of things suck about the inequalities between men and women and they go unnoticed or even if they are noticed nobody does anything about them,” she said. She is Columbian and though she is an American citizen, when she travels alone to Columbia she has a hard time getting through security without a hassle. “It’s like it is looked down upon to be a woman traveling by yourself. I was recently going to Columbia and there were all these other men traveling alone too, but when I put my passport or ID through the scanner I always get an X and have to go through further security scrutiny. I have to wonder if it is because I am a woman, none of those other men traveling alone who are in the same line get an X.”
“I like to make women feel beautiful,” said Bamike. She has been a make-up artist for three years at Sephora. And she is the first person I have seen who looked great with purple lipstick. When I photograph someone by the second frame, I can if they have been a model – and Bamike had been. “I loved being on the runway, I get such a thrill out of the excitement and the power of being in front of all those people. I was cheerleader all through school. I would perform in stadiums in front of 5,000 people. I miss that.” I asked her, like I ask all EVE’s, how she felt about being a woman. And she confidently stated, “I wouldn’t switch genders for anything. There is power in being a woman that if I were a man I wouldn’t feel. We are the stronger gender.” Bamike works full time at Sephora and she is studying Biology and she plans to study veterinary science at Cornell University.