27 May 2010

Answers to your questions.

 Photo submitted by Sarah Tobler.

Who are you?
My name is Allison Barnes. I am a student at Brigham Young University, majoring in Marriage and Family Studies. I love summertime, music, theatre, films, and intimate conversations with friends.

Is this project for school?
No. Writing about womanhood was something that I've wanted to do for a long time, but never felt confident in my ability to fully do so. I am still not capable of capturing womanhood as I'd like to. Instead, various women have graciously accepted the task of writing essays on various topics of womanhood. Additionally, I am asking for any man or woman to submit photographs that portray the divinity of womanhood to them.

Who are the writers?
Click here to meet the writers. Click here to see excerpts of their work.

How do I submit photos?
For requirements, click here.

Can I submit multiple photos?
Yes, it is encouraged, but keep in mind that we may only select one or two to use in the book.

What is the Campaign to End Fistula, and why donate to this group?
Women are not receiving proper maternal health care in certain areas of the world. This can lead to a condition known as obstetric fistula, which severely limits the quality of life these women experience. With a simply surgery costing merely $300 USD, women have the chance to heal. Every woman should have the opportunity to lead a full, happy life, and that is why I believe in this cause. For more information, click here. Visit the Campaign's website here.

Thank you, thank you for all of the submissions so far! I love the photographs that have been submitted, and I love reading the accompanying stories. They are beautiful, and you are giving this project a deeper significance than I could have ever imagined. 

If you have any unanswered questions, 
please email me at allisonabarnes [at] gmail . com

24 May 2010

Submitted by Nancy Woodland.
Photographer: Greg Christiansen.

19 May 2010

Parenting with a Purpose

 The Thomas Girls, Submitted by Jennifer Thomas.

"As a mother, I'm creating the next generation. If I want to contribute to the community, I can teach my children to be responsible spiritual beings led by spiritual truths. Thus,-parenting can be a socially responsible action. For the first time in years, I felt important: I'm not "just a mother!" I wanted to shout at all of those who have sneered and called me a breeder. I'm a social activist."
-Susan Hayward, Women of Purpose.

08 May 2010

Happy mother's day!

My mom is the middle child. Her face in this photo 
makes me love her even more!

03 May 2010

Campaign to End Fistula

Obstetric fistula, according to the Campaign to End Fistula's website, is "a hole in the birth canal caused by prolonged labour without prompt medical intervention, usually a Caesarean section. The woman is left with chronic incontinence and, in most cases, a stillborn baby." Considering the relatively inexpensive price of the surgery to repair the injury (about US $300), too many women are still suffering.

I first heard about this condition during an anthropology lecture almost four years ago, and it still worries me. While the We Are Women Project hasn't had a chance to do much for this organization yet, the plan is to donate the proceeds of the We Are Women book (coming this fall) to them. I encourage you, if you have the means to do so, to donate to this organization now. Perhaps cook dinner at home instead of going out one night, and donate the money you would have spent to provide meals for the recovering fistula patients.

I hope so much that the We Are Women book will not only inspire women through its content, but financially assist the women who need this surgery as well.

Please submit photos, spread the word, and/or donate to the Campaign to End Fistula. The welfare of one woman should concern all women. We are a community of women, and I am so grateful for that.

With thanks,

01 May 2010

Spreading the word:

I would be flattered if you took the time 
to add a button to your blog.

The code is on the side bar! --->

Thank you so, so much!