Women Celebrating Women
   Photograph by Camille Mosley-Pasley from
Mama Love

Women celebrating women
In honor of International Women's Day, SDN presents this special portfolio by seven women photographers from around the world who celebrate the strength, tenacity, beauty, boldness, and compassion of women.

International Women's Day 2019

Cholitas, the revenge of a generation>>

by Delphine Blast/ Bolivia

The iconic bowler hat, the long black braids, the adjusted corset, and the brightly colored puffed skirt: their outfit is well known all around the world. The mythical cholitas are a strong symbol of Bolivia. Yet for decades, they have suffered an important racial and social discrimination...

Power In Pink>>
by Michela West/ United States

On January 20, 2017, over 100,000 women marched through the streets of Boston to defend and exercise their civil rights. As a participant in this momentous march, I was inspired to start a photography project to empower women by showcasing their strength and power. ...

Mama Love>>
by Camille Mosley-Pasley/ United States

During portrait sessions, mothers oftentimes express amazement at the magnitude of feelings experienced. To document these expressions, I invited women to my studio for portraits with their children and asked what Mama love meant to them. This series aspires to give the viewer a glimpse into the ...

Empowering Women>>
by Karen Kasmauski/ Sudan, Malawi, Tanzania, Nigeria and Sierra Leone

The photographs are taken over the last three years in Sudan, Malawi, Tanzania, Nigeria and Sierra Leone, documenting programs supported by local and international organizations addressing women's issues and poverty. This work illuminates positive examples of female empowerment in a variety o...

Women of an UNcertain Age: Indomitable Baby Boomers Challenging Cultural Norms>>
by Joan Lobis Brown/ United States

"Women of an UNcertain Age: Indomitable Baby Boomers Challenging Cultural Norms" is a photographic series with accompanying text from interviews that focuses on the American baby boomer woman. Baby boomer women, those born between 1945 and 1964, were the first generation to expect that t...

Women of the Congo: Farmers, Harvesters, Mothers>>
by Maranie Staab/ Congo

Women are the backbone of Congo (DRC), examples of strength and resilience. One of the best examples of this resilience can be seen in the fields of the Eastern DRC. It was here that I met women harvesters, farmers and those who spent their days digging trenches for clean water pipelines. ...

Tough life, Strong women>>
by Beata Wolniewicz/ Ghana

I took picture of these women in Ghana who were working to make cocoa oil. I observed that all the labor was done by hand, and was very difficult to do. The women worked under quite difficult and dangerous conditions. The economy of Ghana is still very much agriculturally based, and is a very poor ...

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Special Issue Editor 


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