A Cool Mom Behind the March; Paola Mendoza talks motherhood and activism
I saw this piece on Mother Mag today and thought it was a great follow up to yesterday's post on the NY Fashion Week x Women's March collaboration, benefiting Planned Parenthood and the March to the Polls tour.
Paola Mendoza is artistic director of the Women's March and co-author of the book I mentioned yesterday, Together We Rise.
She organized the Resistance Revival Chorus, which made an appearance alongside Kesha at the Grammy's this year. She worked with artists and designers to create the iconic Women's March posters (some of which are framed in her apartment).
Here she is describing her professional work:
"I am a film director and now an activist. I like to think that the work I am doing is the creative resistance. I want to open the heart of America by sharing the stories that aren’t being told. As an activist I want to make sure that our movement work incorporates stories because that is the only way we begin to shift people's ideas."
Here she is on raising a son:
"I love the idea of raising a feminist son. I enjoy figuring out ways to talk with my son about complicated issues. I am fascinated by his understanding of the world. And it never ceases to amaze me how much love my son and I have for one another."
"Over his bed is a picture of Muhammad Ali, one of my heroes, and who we named Mateo Ali after. I put the picture over his bed as a reminder to have the courage to fight for freedom, justice, and equality, but to also know that you can have fun doing it!
I hope to raise a boy that is compassionate, as I believe that is one of the most important things that is lacking in this country."