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November 12, 2016

 

IMG_3599IMG_3598IMG_3597The book object is a box of origami dresses, using a pattern designed by Alison Reisel, with different quotes ranging from text from the 19th Amendment and Title IX to statements and tweets from current events related to violence against women and children and how the NFL has handled it. This piece was directly inspired byNicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s book Half the Sky.

As I folded each of the dresses and hand wrote the text on the back of them, I meditated on how far we have come as women and how far it is to go. That violence happens to women young and old, here and abroad.  I am continually reminded that my bubble that includes strong leadership by women is not the norm in most of the world. For change to happen, we need to look beyond our own bubbles and strive to make a difference. This piece is as a much a reminder to myself as it is a call to you, the viewer, to find a way to foster a better global world for women.

Want to do more? The following four steps are from Kristof and WuDunn’s book, Half the Sky:

  1. Go to www.globalgiving.org orwww.kiva.org and open an account. Both sites are people-to-people (P2P), meaning that they link you directly to a person in need.
  2. Sponsor a girl or a woman through Plan International, Women for Women International, World Vision, or American Jewish World Service.
  3. Sign up for email updates onwww.womensenews.org orwww.worldpulse.com
  4. Join the CARE Action Network atwww.can.are.org