As a supporter of the Occupy movement
, I was really disheartened by the video “Hot Chicks of Occupy Wall Street,” to say the least
. After interviewing some Occupy DC protestors about “Hot Chicks”
, I decided I would do a response photo essay entitled “Awesome Women of Occupy Philly.” Each woman I photographed was asked permission by me to do so and provided me, in their own words, why they are a part of the Occupy movement.
If you have your own photos of women activists you’d like to share, please contact me at email@example.com.
"We need a social and government reform. Our government should be back to for the people and by the people. There can be no government, nation, or world without the people." ~ Lex Myers
"I'm here because I'm visually documenting what I believe will be a monumental historical movement for lasting change." ~ Tieshka Smith
"money ≠ speech. corporations ≠ people!" ~ Susan
"I am at Occupy to raise awareness that we are no longer voices of democracy and that's not okay." ~ Carley Holden
"I believe in equal pay for equal work. Fair Trade." ~ Dawn
Colleen Begley, a medical marijuana defendant, is at Occupy Philly to change the "pot laws."
A group of international relation students from Arcadia University. Front row (L-R): Keren, Kat, Mara. Back row (L-R): Michelle, Danielle, Selina
"Because corporations should be held responsible. Because Americans shouldn't have to suffer because of the top 1%. Because I am part of the 99%." ~ Keren Murillo
"I'm involved in the Occupy Movement because I am facing $36,000 of debt upon graduating college, and my parents are in risk of losing their jobs, in which case I could not continue my education. Education should be a right, not a privilege. Bail out students NOT banks." ~ Kat Breitmayer
"Because I believe that corporations and the 1% shouldn't have so much sway in government." ~ Michelle Hertel
"Because both of my parents lost their jobs due to corporate control." ~ Danielle Diverde
"Because 1% of the population should not have the government in their pockets, and because corporations should not be treated like people." ~ Selina March
"Dad lost his job and it's been rough with college but the 99% should really be heard!" ~ Mara Domider
Gloria Bufford was gathering with her fellow Occupiers for a march, so she was unable to write her own caption for my photograph. However, the activist for Action United told me that she comes every time that Occupy Philly has an event. She is 65 years old. And clearly awesome.
"To be a part of America waking up to its own suffering and finally saying it's enough." ~ Amna Shaikh