Category: Women Working

women working, the ballerina mime

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It was a hot and humid day, when I walked past the ballerina mime in Central Park. I had seen other people doing this kind of mime work, but never the ballerina. I’ve speculated about the grueling aspects of this job versus what might be considered the “perks.” 

You don’t have to move, you get to be outside, you can meditate while posing, and the makeup and costume afford you some anonymity.

For some, however, all of these things would bring absolute misery. I’ve always found it fascinating that one person will shudder at the thought of being a cop, while another might honestly think it’s an interesting job. One individual’s heaven is the courtroom and still another’s the emergency room. 

If you run into the ballerina mime, “please show respect…”

Anita  

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Women’s Bodies At Work

I think this woman working is just attaching the sail to the…what’s that thing called? I’ll just call it a cable. It’s crazy how even the simplest of tasks, ones we ourselves are unacquainted with, can look mysterious. Ever see a cook whack a clove of garlic with the side of a chef’s knife? If you didn’t know what they’re doing, it would look positively barbaric!

There are so many jobs that women do, and the women doing them all look very different.

I love this woman’s strong body. She looks like she belongs standing on the rigging of a boat. Do our bodies choose our occupations, or do our occupations form our bodies, or neither?

I’ve seen what looks like a delicate little creature carving up a side of beef. And I’ve seen what might once have been called a “battle-axe” gently cleaning a wound. 

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women working, artsy

This is a short post, written last September. I’m reposting it today because I was contacted recently by an organization called Artsy. They originally asked me just to link to their page about architect Zaha Hadid, but I thought you would enjoy learning about the organization as well. I very much like their mission.

Artsy’s mission is to make all the world’s art accessible to anyone with an Internet connection.

We are a resource for art collecting and education.

Artsy’s website is beautiful and well done. Here you go, see here.

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Regan was taking pictures of my apartment building. I asked to take a picture of her, and then we started talking. She does architectural and interior photography. She says there aren’t many women photographers represented in magazines like Architectural Digest.

Architecture, in general, seems like a male dominated profession. Quick, name a woman architect! The only one I know of is Iraqi born, British architect Dame Zaha Hadid, who died this year at the age of 65. Take a look at some of her buildings: they’re monumental, avant garde, and feminine.

Anita

P.S. Love the Willie Nelson t-shirt…

women working, boss lady

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This is what the business of fashion looks like: besides fabric, it’s buttons and elastic and zippers and more. Unless we sew our own clothes, these are not things we usually think about.

Unless the zipper sticks or the elastic pinches, we don’t much care about them.

But when you’re designing a garment they become very important, because they literally hold things together. This woman working is Sarah, whom I affectionately call “boss lady.” She has an education that includes the Pratt Institute, the Fashion Institute of Technology, and an MBA from the University of San Francisco. 

Sarah is an entrepreneur in the truest sense: she juggles several projects at once and each matters. She draws people into her projects and business and makes connections not just to them but amongst them. She has an eye for both the near and far, the details and the big picture. 

The fashion business is a very hard one, there are a million reasons to stay away from it.

One of the reasons to go into it is because you have a real passion that will get you through the hard times. Sarah has that passion, she has a passion not just for the details of designing a garment but for the women who will wear it. And I think you’ll agree, that is a very good thing.

Anita