Contemporary, diverse, inclusive and standing in solidarity, these are the women that we love, unafraid to demonstrate the power of their femininity, even as they use their voices to impact the world. Photographed at our Brooklyn archives, we can’t wait for you to meet them.

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“It’s about using your voice right now, as a woman, and standing up to be counted.”

- Maria Cornejo

Lua Beaulieu, Artist, New York
Instagram: @luabalua

Lua is an artist, born and raised in Brooklyn, New York.

Who is a woman that inspires you?
Besides the women in my family, as an artist, I really look up to Agnes Martin. She is an abstract expressionist painter and also just a badass painter.

Where do you hope to travel this summer?
This summer, like every summer for the past eight years, I go to Majorca which is a magical place. Before going to Majorca this year, I hope to do a little Euro trip or go to Spain. There are beautiful museums and so much art that I would love to see there.

Lilia Luisi, Trade Marketing and Events Manager, Brazil
Instagram: @lilialuisi

Lilia was born in Brazil, and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.

What do you miss most about Brazil?
What I miss the most is the Brazilian music, the instruments used and the way the people feel music. That’s what I miss the most. In New York, I am very connected to the Brazilian musicians and music.

Who is a woman that inspires you?
There are many of them, but I cannot choose between my mother, my grandmother and the women from my family because they all inspire me. The women in my family are very strong, they work hard and raise their kids. They taught me a lot, including how to be a stronger woman.

Jane Pool, Activist, New York

Jane is a community advisor from North Brooklyn.

This era of #MeToo and Women’s Marches has stirred Jane to address some of the inequity that women have endured for years. She is working on a fundraising project that would help educate people on women’s issues and raise money to support women’s initiatives, including working to pass the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).

Tell us about the most recent project you’ve been working on?
There’s a firehouse nearby on Wythe Avenue. We’re going to turn it into a community cultural center and a home for local, social, and environmental justice organizations.

Who is a woman that inspires you?
A lot of women inspire me. My mother, of course. In terms of historical figures, I realize that growing up I learned about Betsy Ross, Pocahontas, Marie Curie, but we don’t learn a lot of women’s history in America. I think that’s a problem. Inequity, in terms of women’s issues, is everywhere and I think we need to start learning more women’s history.

Zora Simpson Casebere, Actress, New York
Instagram: @zorasc

Zora is a young actress who stars in the upcoming film ‘Critical Thinking’, directed by John Leguizamo.

How did you start your acting career?
I’ve always loved performing since I was really little. In high school, all of my friends were obsessed with theater and becoming actors or actresses, and so I really started engaging in theater at a young age because all my friends were doing it. And then eventually, I realized that it was something that I really loved to do and I started pursuing it outside of school more. It was organic.

Who is a woman that inspires you?
I’m really inspired by Octavia Butler. She was my first introduction to Afrofuturism, which means that she was my first introduction to how magical realism, science fiction and fantasy could use time to think really critically about the past, future, and therefore our present reality, in new, different ways.

Silvina Arismendi, Artist, Uruguay
www.silvinaarismendi.com

Silvina Arismendi was born in 1976 in Montevideo, Uruguay. In 2000, she received a scholarship to study in the Czech Republic. She Received her MFA from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague in 2007, graduating from the Painting Studio of Vladimir Skrepl and Jiri Kovanda. Since 2003, she has exhibited in many European cities, as well as in Latin America and the United States. In 2007 she founded galería parásito/…, which is a curatorial platform for the cultural exchange between Latin America and Central and Eastern Europe. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Tell us about your work as a visual artist?
I mostly do installation. I work with objects from everyday and I try to find a color palette that comes from these objects. I relate to painting in my work, but through space, so it’s somehow a painting that is free from the wall and just dealing with color in space.

Who is a woman that inspires you?
There’s many women that have inspired me during my lifetime and I think it would be unfair to choose one right now, but I would say that from childhood I remember my first inspiration being Nadia Comăneci. She actually was the first perfect ten in gymnastics and it was the year I was born. Ironically, now I see that some of my drawings are somehow related to gymnastics.