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“It all starts with education. All of it. So there is no discussion about politics or economics or finance or housing if you're not talking about what we're doing for our two year olds who are getting prepared for preschool. Not to mention so much of what were taught in schools is incomplete. The wars that have been fought and the truth about slavery. When it comes to education, I'm a completist. It's all still so whitewashed. And it's just incomplete, and the teachers know that. People need to be taught how to be facilitators. I love where I was raised and the schools I attended, but I think back about some things that happened there that I'm like still unpacking as an adult that were not ok.“ • MUA : @stylebyannavictoria at New York, New York

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“In the United States right now, you can forcibly sterilize your daughter if she has cerebral palsy. They don't sterilize boys, they sterilize the girls. The reasoning being the sterilization keeps us smaller and easier to carry. Cerebral palsy is a spectrum- some people are non-verbal and some are wheelchair users. They forcibly sterilize the girls by removing their uterus and breast buds so they stay small and then they call them ‘pillow angels’, like they are not people. This is one of the big fights out there right now, parents of kids with disabilities who are not disabled who think they are doing what’s best. The parents who think sterilizing their daughters will somehow help them not get raped. And I was like, ‘You don't understand that pedophilia exists? That nobody cares if she has a uterus or breast buds? That this doesn't protect her from sexual violence?’ Women with disabilities are three times more likely to be assaulted than their non-disabled counterparts.” - Maysoon at New York, New York

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“Women walk, and march, and protest for everyone else's causes. But we forgot about our own. It was the unfinished business of the 20th century. We weren't marching for ourselves — but now we have.” at New York, New York

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“My father’s definition of freedom was very basic. If you stretch out your arms, and move around the room, that’s your freedom. When you touch somebody else, that’s not freedom anymore.” at New York, New York

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“I believe Anita Hill. I believe Christine Blasey Ford. I. Believe. Women.” - Michelle Kinney, Founder of Nasty Women of New York • Call your Senators. 202-804-8191 #StopKavanaugh

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“After the Nazis moved the Jews out of their locations, about 30,000 Jews were moved into about a 6 block radius. There were several families living in one apartment. Maybe like 10 people living in a 1 bedroom apartment. The people were used to build roads for the Nazis. Building roads, building concentration camps and so on. My father's family business happened to be in Podgórze, which was the Krakow Ghetto, so he was able to work. This time he did the hair for the Nazis, for their wives and their mistresses. So that’s why he had a little more leeway to help my mother. After the ghetto was liquidated, which meant thousands of people were shot on the spot, including many family members of both sides, my parents went to a camp outside Krakow called Płaszów. It was a labor camp. My mom sewed uniforms for the Nazis, or towed stones that were being smashed from quarries or other places. My father worked as a beautician for some of the most notorious Nazi criminals. They were there until Płaszów was liquidated, again more people killed, and they marched to Auschwitz. Which in itself was an ordeal. Once they were in Auschwitz they didn’t stay there very long. They were then sent to other camps in Germany because the Russians were coming in on the front and they were moving people out. Basically my parents survived because they survived. They lost touch with each other. My father was convinced my mother had perished. She had learned how to sew. She worked in Płaszów in the kitchen preparing so-called food. To work in the kitchen my mother had to pass through a line of Nazis; they had whips on both sides. If you ran fast enough you weren’t beaten as much, but if you made it to the other side you could work in the kitchen. She had physical and emotional scars.” at New York, New York

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“I think of the gains we made just in my generation — and I chained myself to the U.N. for freedom. I picketed for civil rights, I picketed for a women's right to choose. Then I look at what is happening now and I think — excuse me? My parents came to this country for a certain amount of freedom and now it seems to be going backwards.” at New York, New York

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“So much of the country feels threatened by people coming in to take jobs when the fact is immigrants come in with different ideas. They create more jobs! There is this idea that when my parents were coming to the United States, that they were wanted. They really weren't. There were ships turned away with women and children that were then sent back to gas chambers and murdered. So they didn’t want foreigners here, or ‘strange people’ that didn’t speak the language. They don’t teach this in history classes. Especially in this country.” at New York, New York

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Activist, feminist and educator. She has used her experience as the daughter of Holocaust survivors as motivation to make the world a better place. Meet the fierce, intelligent, beautiful Simone. (link in profile) • 📸 : @michellekinneyphotography 💄: @stylebyannavictoria at New York, New York

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“When my sister was in third grade she said that she wanted to be the first black woman African president, and really it started with my her making us a political family. I was Hillary in 2008 too. I fought with my friends about it and I became an Obama supporter after he got nominated — but I was always Hillary. And I love her. I think she's the epitome of a strong woman. To the people that call her the establishment and crooked, I understand that you might not love her politics and she's absolutely not a perfect person — she’s definitely fallible. She's made mistakes. But she is a woman who has worked her entire life to fight for education for young children, and for parents, and especially for mothers. She's a woman who has fought for herself to get into the room, and stay in the room, and to break down the walls of what you guys call “the establishment.” Your heroes don't have to be perfect and I'm not sitting here saying she's never made a mistake because she's made plenty. But I think that we’re lucky to have her.” • Photo : @michellekinneyphotography MUA : @stylebyannavictoria • • #nastywomenofnewyork #nwny #michellekinneyphotography #nastywomen #imwithher #bluewave #imstillwithher #hillary #hillaryclinton #politics #timesup #feminism #feminist

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“My favorite part about being a woman is understanding adversity and allowing that to make me better. I'm not just a woman I'm a black woman, and I'm the daughter of immigrants. I think there's a certain strength and knowledge that comes with the understanding of not having and not receiving all the time. I understand certain things in a way that men can’t. And men can say the same thing, they understand things in a different way that I can't. And honestly just dealing with a menstrual cycle. It is incapacitating sometimes, and it all makes me stronger every day. It adds to who I am.” • Photo : @michellekinneyphotography MUA : @stylebyannavictoria • • #nastywomen #nastywomenofnewyork #nikon #michellekinneyphotography #feminism #feminist #imwithher #imstillwithher #nycphotographer #nycliving #nycwomen #timesup #metoo at New York, New York

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“I have a good number of heroes in my life. I know it's cliche to say, but my true heroes are my parents. Both of my parents are incredible people. I'm a little obsessed with them. I talk about them like a proud parent would talk about their children. My Mom is the most incredible person I've ever met and she is so smart. My parents have lived through some crazy things. They lived through the Nigerian Civil War. They didn't know each other before they came to this country as Nigerian immigrants. Sometimes my Mom will just step back and think about the life they have built for us and say, “I can't believe that I'm here and I can't believe that I actually got to this point from where I was 30 years ago." My Dad is one of the most level-headed people that you'll ever meet. He's so funny and so kind. And he just wants everyone to be nice to everyone. So, sorry for everybody else, but I have the best parents ever! My parents are my heroes and I am so lucky. I love them a lot.” • 📸 : @michellekinneyphotography 💄: @stylebyannavictoria • • #nastywomenofnewyork #nastywomen # #nycwomen #womensmarch #feminist #family #immigrants #nigerianwomen #nigeria #metoo #timesup #michellekinneyphotography #nikon #storytelling #imwithher at New York, New York

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“I realized when I started getting into the room, and getting a seat at the table, that I was often the only woman, and definitely the only woman of color. I think I'm still the only woman of color at that table. But I will say that my experience so far has been great and I couldn't be more grateful for it. Sometimes there are positive stories!” • • Photography : @michellekinneyphotography MUA : @stylebyannavictoria • • #nastywomenofnewyork #nastywomen #feminist #intersectionalfeminism #michellekinneyphotography #metoo #timesup #nycwomen #ladyboss

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A daughter of immigrants, a force in the music streaming industry, and a Cleveland native. It is our honor to introduce our newest Nasty Woman of New York, the brilliant Chisaram Nkemere. (Link in bio.) • Photographs : @michellekinneyphotography Interview Editors : @minniekinney & @rrobems Makeup Artist : @stylebyannavictoria • • #nastywomenofnewyork #nastywomenunite #nastywomenvote #hillaryclinton #democrats #michellekinneyphotography #nikon #portrait #fightlikeagirl #feminism at New York, New York

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“Like I said the circle is almost closed. But I’ve got more to do, I’m not finished!” Happy 100th Birthday Aunt Mary! at New York, New York

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It’s been a few minutes since our last post! As individuals, the team’s free time has been scarce. Here at Nasty Women of New York, we value quality over quantity — and so we are working hard to make sure everything is perfect! Coming soon... we cannot WAIT for you to meet the incredible Chisaram Nkemere. ✊🏻✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿

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“When I did my @adamsandler movie, ‘You Don't Mess With the Zohan’ it was the first time I was on a giant movie set. So I wanted to make myself really small because I thought if I can show that hiring disabled people is easy, they'll hire more disabled people. So I had a trailer, and with the trailers you just jump in and out of the door. It's really weird. You have to pull yourself up, like in a swimming pool, and then you jump out. So me and my personal assistant, Johnny Rad--he was rad-- he would stand outside the trailer and I would just jump like I was stage diving, and he would catch me, and then we'd go on set. So Adam comes by one day and he sees what is happening and he says, "WHAT the hell is going on?" And I was like "Oh, Johnny is just catching me!" So he pulls over this giant union guy named Darrel and he says, "Build her stairs. Right now." And so we got on set and Adam asks me, "Why? Why didn't you just ask for stairs?" And I said I didn’t want to be high maintenance. And he goes, "Mariah Carey is in the other trailer! You are not high maintenance!” I will never forget that.” • • Photo : @michellekinneyphotography HMUA : @stylebyannavictoria Editor : @blighadeline • • • #nastywomenofnewyork #maysoonzayid #michellekinneyphotography #disabilityadvocate #cerebralpalsy #arabamerican #arabamerican #adamsandler #disabilityawareness at New York, New York

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