Why She Walks is an extension of the Snow Queen project detailed here and here. Launched on January 21, 2017 in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington — and all of the marches, rallies, walks and alies supporting women’s rights in the United States and globally — Why She Walks is an invitation to share  the personal experiences that led us here. To those who question the need for advocacy; to those intrigued by our insistence on equal rights; to those women, men, girls and boys who want to get engaged, who want to understand what’s at stake, who want to know how policies and platforms translate to everyday life: You’ve come to the right place.

Of course, this isn’t the only place. Your voices are already echoing loud and clear through established platforms – in news, art, activism and everyday interactions. My goal is not to reinvent the wheel set in motion by the likes of Alicia Garza, Linda Sarsour, Cecile Richards, Kimberle Crenshaw and countless remarkable leaders already at the helm of grassroots mobilization today. Instead, I hope to capture a particular state of being experienced by supporters willing to share their stories for this collection. I’m interested in the intersection of personal security and existential freedom. What happens to our creative, intellectual and emotional freedom when we move through the world looking over our shoulders? More importantly, what happens when we don’t?

Finally, to the visitor considering sharing your story: You are the only one who knows what it’s like to walk in your shoes, and you are the only one who can tell us how it feels.

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