Columbus City Councilwoman Elizabeth Brown is the model in this series and appropriately so. She is serving her first term as an elected official and she comes from a family filled with women dedicated to community and public service. She named her first child, Carolyn, after one of her grandmothers. Both of whom, coincidentally, were born in 1920 - the year the 19th Amendment was ratified in the United States.
In addition to the broader concept, I wanted to capture a more personal connection linking the generations of women in Liz's family. So we incorporated items belonging to her grandmothers as well as her daughter into the various shots. In this photo, for example, she is wearing her grandmother's pearls.
This series is dedicated to those who came before us. Let us honor their sacrifices by casting our vote every chance we get.
The first image in this series was inspired by this painting created by artist Evelyn Rumsey Carey.
The second image was inspired primarily by this 1909 poster.
The inspiration for the third photo in the series is this iconic poster created by artist Bertha Margaret Boyle in 1911.
The fourth photo in the series was inspired by one of the many campaign slogans. Printed on campaign literature, this slogan embodies the core of the democratic process, and what the suffragettes were fighting so hard for: They wanted a say. They wanted to be heard. They wanted a vote.