"I remember being shocked, viscerally that evening. I remember feeling embarrassed that the way women were portrayed had been lost on me, a woman who believed in their strength and abilities, a woman who prided herself on raising a daughter to follow her passion no matter what it was going to be in her life. But until that moment with Karen, I had not understood what gender imbalanced images were subtly saying (or not saying) about women." Elizabeth C., Nov 2016
THE SHE IS ME inspires social media users to fill their feeds with empowering female-centric imagery, professional photographers to challenge the norms, and art directors to create campaigns that change the status quo.
KAREN BEARD is the founder of Shestock, a female-centric stock image collection created and curated by women photographers. She is a 20-year photo industry professional with diverse experience in image creation, and management. Her work focused on gender issues and imagery has been featured in the Huffington Post, Toronto Star, The Picture Professional, and Visual Connections among others. Recently, she moderated a panel at the Digital Media Licensing Association in NYC entitled "Images as Weapons of Change"