On January 21, I went to the Women’s March on Washington to support and defend the equal rights of women, and to photograph the event as part of a photo-documentary book project, UnPresidented: The Inauguration of Donald Trump and the People’s Response. During the day I repeatedly heard celebrities and movement leaders talk about the face of feminism, and I kept seeing posters reading This is what a feminist looks like. At the same time, there has been much discussion, debate and even conflict regarding the face of feminism in America today–about it being primarily white and less inclusive than desired. While I looked at the thousands of different faces at the march, I began to wonder what, indeed, is the face of feminism. I then opted to photograph the event from this perspective–primarily shooting close-in portraits of individuals and talking to many of them about their participation in the march and their identity as a feminist.
Several of my fellow photographers on the UnPresidented team must have been thinking along similar lines as I began to see many portraits along with the more customary shots of crowds, signs and protest actions. So a few of us put together a gallery exploring the faces of feminism, and I penned a short essay to go with it. Take a look at The Face of Feminism in the DC Focused blog. Then view more faces in my own gallery (just click the photo below).