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Women of Strength

For women who didn't know how strong they were, until they had to be.

Women of Strength

For women who didn't know how strong they were, until they had to be.

$4,457
pledged of $11,000pledged of $11,000 goal
49
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, January 10 2016 11:19 PM UTC +00:00

About

Women of Strength

Why do so many women cry alone? Are they silently carrying too much on their shoulders?

This campaign will illuminate answers to these questions and empower women and people by:

1) Creating a book that shares stories and images.

2) Helping reach more women to photograph... (details below).

Here is a link to the number of people that have responded to this project up to this point: www.facebook.com/thewomenofstrength

The Truth
The Truth

I can't help but wonder at what point we thought being strong meant that we stay silent when we are hurting or that we hold back our tears in the moment. Doesn't it take more strength to cry, to be vulnerable, or to share our story? Yet, why do we stop ourselves again and again?   

Silenced
Silenced

Women of Strength is a project to help women feel less alone through photography. Too often we compare our story to one that is a little worse than ours or to one on the news, and instead of taking action or asking for help, we just keep going somehow.   

Crawling Inward
Crawling Inward

We think that person over there has it so much worse so we don't say anything and the silence adds weight to what we are already carrying on our shoulders.   

Rage On
Rage On

My name is Jodi and I use my camera to document the common emotions of women that we never talk about and the stories of those who have had to find their own inner strength in those silent moments.   

Cleansed Soul
Cleansed Soul

Women of Strength (WOS) covers many emotions that are unacknowledged strength and it also shares stories of women.    

Women who have no other choice but to do what they have to do.

Lara
Lara

Women who know the silent pain of going through a miscarriage.

Anna
Anna

Women who sacrificed for years so their children could grow up with a better future.  

Krishna
Krishna

Many of the images are self-portraits, some are my own experiences and in some I am telling the story of other women that asked if I could get in front of the camera for them.    

Shattered Glimpse
Shattered Glimpse

I share Women of Strength in hopes that it makes one person out there, male or female, feel less alone.   

You'll Never Know
You'll Never Know

Thank you for taking the time to read about my project.  All I ask is that you please share it...you never know if it might help someone you love.  

Interview on the Women of Strength project at the following link:

http://lacrossetribune.com/news/local/women-of-strength-inspire-holmen-native-s-photography/article_c0f29d58-4a95-591f-b236-5b66fa36e632.html

Risks and challenges

Challenges
- Getting to the women
- Time
- Budget

Risks
- No way to determine response to project
- Printing process could potentially affect the timeline
- I don't know what I don't know

Contingency Plan
- Currently I have an extended timeline to account for best case scenario (good response) in this project.

Completed items for book:
- 50+ Photos (includes editing)
- First draft of wording
- Cover design
- Designer Identified (amazing Erin Tyler)
- Project Manager Identified (Me)

Open items are the following:
- Working on wording that will accompany the photos - 40% complete
- Curate layout of book and final pick of photos
- Determine printing method and phase

Target Date - July 2016

If possible, I will pull in the target date and will be posting a draft timeline if this project does take flight. I will be using my project management skill set in this project to keep my project on time and within budget.

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The money raised from this Kickstarter will go towards:
- Creating, publishing and distributing a Women of Strength book.
- Any additional money raised will then go towards telling more stories of women. In order to do that, I will either need to travel to the women for me to photograph them for their story to be shared, or for them to travel to me. Typically, it is best when I get to them to see their story and tell it through my camera.

Every time I post one story, I get emails from people with more stories, but I love meeting the women because I just happened to have crossed paths with them. We find each other. There are currently more women I am wanting/needing to photograph, but have not been able to do that because I cannot afford to travel to get to them. Time and budget will determine a lot about the content of what I am able to get in the book.

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    Ability to submit a story of someone in your life that you view as a Woman of Strength. These stories will be shared online, and some will be selected as Women of Strength to be featured in the next book. (This will be ongoing over time)

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    You will be donating a signed copy of the book that will get sent to a Woman of Strength. She will be one of the women from the option above that had a story submitted on why she is a Woman of Strength.

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    A 5x7 Women of Strength signed print.

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    A 5x7 Women of Strength signed print and a signed copy of the Women of Strength book.

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    A 10x15 Women of Strength signed LIMITED EDITION print, a set of notecards and a signed copy of the Women of Strength book.

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