International Women’s Day

"Express Yourself" a self-portrait from a series of b&n hand portraits and self-portraits, Talk with Your Hands, which explores the role of gesture in communication and self-expression, in a world pre- and post-Coronavirus. ©Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

Happy International Women’s Day!

Today some of us celebrate women–our mothers, grandmothers, aunties, cousins, sisters, our role models, mentors, and teachers. This year, more than ever, it’s important to fight for women’s rights, for human rights, because, sadly, here, in the U.S., these rights are disappearing with each passing day.

“Human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights.”

First Lady Hilary Rodham Clinton, 1995

Over the past twenty years, I’ve had the chance to interview and photograph many women activists, whose work has made a difference to better many people’s lives.

In my own life, I’ve learned early on that, especially as women, our human rights are not to be taken for granted. But I’ve also met many inspiring women, from all walks of life, willing to fight for those rights.

Interview and photo shoot w/ women’s rights and HIV and AIDS advocate Nancy Duncan published in A&U–Art & Understanding Magazine. ©Alina Oswald.

Activist Jennifer Flynn Walker feature article and photo shoot for A&U–Art & Understanding Magazine

Interview and photo shoot w/ LGBTQ+ and HIV and AIDS advocate Ron B published in A&U – Art & Understanding Magazine. ©Alina Oswald.

Author, ACT-UP activist & women’s rights advocate Victoria Noe, July 2019 A&U cover article and photo shoot

Interview and photo shoot with LGBTQ+ and HIV and AIDS advocate, Rev. Yolanda published in A&U–Art & Understanding Magazine. ©Alina Oswald.

Wear a mask and VOTE blue.
Wear a mask & VOTE to protect human rights. #tbt ©Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

Many women have been my role models for all or most of my life; others, I’ve met only recently. They’ve been my inspiration, as well as my supporters. And yet, many other inspiring women, I’m yet to meet and, perhaps, photograph. Thank you to all the wonderful women in my life!

So, today, I’m just going to wish the women who’ve made a difference in my life, as well as all the women fighting to protect our rights,

Happy International Women’s Day!

As always, thanks for stopping by.

Alina Oswald

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