“I do not wish women to have power over men; but over themselves.”
– Mary Shelley
How do you describe yourself? How do you describe yourself as a women (or if you’re a man, how would you describe yourself as a man)? I thought of these questions when I was flipping through this series of editorials by Vogue. In 2016, Vogue decided to undergo a project celebrating American women. This project involved a group of different photographers that captured different groups of American women. As a result, American Women in Vogue March 2017 highlighted American women in all walks of life.
First there are women that identify themselves through their affiliations. The Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority sisters represent the oldest black sorority in the US. Then, there are other women whose identities are very much wrapped in their backgrounds. They may be devout Muslims or proud Chicano girls. Meanwhile, other women live in the Midwest or California and are shaped by their hometowns. Finally, there are women who work in specialized fields for NASA or covering press for the White House. As a result, each woman is shaped by a mix of different factors.
I’m also certainly shaped by my background. I’ve lived abroad for years, but my NYC upbringing instilled a sense of street smart and an appreciation for cultural diversity. In addition, I’m also representative of my graduate school and have a strong sense of wanderlust and inquisitiveness. I hope to continue representing my background and associations in a positive manner.
Have a lovely week!