We are the sums of our past: the familial, the personal, and the heroes. International Women’s Day saw many voices praise and honor the women who have helped shape them into the human beings they are today. After all, we wouldn’t be here without them.
Photographer Justin J Wee attended the Day Without A Woman rally in New York City’s Washington Square Park and spoke with a handful of women about who inspires them. It’s a stunning collection of personalities and rich histories that highlight the versatility of women and their utmost reliance. We can’t escape our pasts, so we might as well learn from them. These seven women have and are committed to carrying out their message of hope. Here are their stories. May they inspire you to consider the impact women have had on your life. Uplift, resist, and stand strong in solidarity together.