Masses gathered around the country to march in support together for women's rights. While each had their own unique story, most of what was heard was from adults in response to the new administration. One photographer wanted to go back to the youth of our nation to see how young girls and boys felt about these current issues to get to the root of the innocent take on the rights at hand.
After nearly two decades in the commercial industry, Natalia Weedy turned to freelance photography in 2007. She started the Woman's Place project after the new administration to feel a unique perspective on the issues being talked about.
The story of what prompted me is one that resonates with many women, which is a repulsion to the denigration of women under the new administration. My journey to capture these moments was also not without challenges . After the divisive election, I was especially affected to see my own community become further fragmented rather than to seek unity.
Due to a necessary surgery that kept her out of commission to join in the D.C. march, Weedy decided to stay local and still walk with her own community in Raleigh. Her mother was one of the founding organizers for the Raleigh Woman's march. After some internal conflict, her mother had to withdrawal from the organization but this did not stop Weedy. Instead this inspired her more to keep on with the project for a creative outlet and positivity. She wrote that she kept in mind a quote from Reverend Barber that says, "Standing down is not an option."
Along with her producer and assistant, Weedy set out on that Saturday to focus on children whose votes are not considered. Active in marches from a young age with activist parents, she understood the camaraderie that is felt at these events. The march was not just an opportunity to capture portraits but also as she wrote to "get a glimpse into the minds of our youth, vicariously reconnecting with my past." All of the young girls and boys that were photographed were unknown to Weedy prior to the shoot. She feels this has been her most inspiring project of the year for her.
Given how divided the nation currently is, there is comfort and wisdom in the innocent thoughts of the youth and though they're unable to vote, their voices should be included in the conversation
So you may ask why this was not posted on International Woman's Day? Simply put that it is not just a one day per year issue. Seeing these images of the thoughts of our children remind us how simple the answers can be.
All images courtesy of Natalia Weedy