Melinda Gates Collaboration for Women's History Month

I recently had the honor of partnering with Melinda Gates again (is this real life??) on an illustrated series to celebrate innovative women currently leading the way in a wide array of industries. The series was created for Women's History Month as a way to commemorate individuals who are making history as we speak!

I personally love this notion because, as we are just now realizing, there are many female hidden figures of the past who were overlooked in their lifetimes. Therefore, it's so important to highlight women in the present day. By doing so, we're showing our peers and younger generations what opportunities are possible for them. 

Read Melinda's full story on these women here.

And here are some of the featured women from the series that you need to know about:

Ayanna Howard    Ayanna Howard  is a lot of things: a successful entrepreneur, a pioneering roboticist, the head of Georgia Tech’s School of Interactive Computing, and one of  Business Insider’s  “Most Powerful Women Engineers.” These days, she’s working to design a cutting-edge robot that can help children with special needs live healthier, better lives.

Ayanna Howard

Ayanna Howard is a lot of things: a successful entrepreneur, a pioneering roboticist, the head of Georgia Tech’s School of Interactive Computing, and one of Business Insider’s “Most Powerful Women Engineers.” These days, she’s working to design a cutting-edge robot that can help children with special needs live healthier, better lives.

Jess Tomlin   Jess Tomlin is the CEO of The  MATCH International Women’s Fund , which supports grassroots innovators and organizers who are working to advance gender equality. As part of Jess’s mission to “shift power and resources into the hands of women driving change,” she is connecting local women’s movements with the financial backing they need to put homegrown solutions into action.

Jess Tomlin

Jess Tomlin is the CEO of The MATCH International Women’s Fund, which supports grassroots innovators and organizers who are working to advance gender equality. As part of Jess’s mission to “shift power and resources into the hands of women driving change,” she is connecting local women’s movements with the financial backing they need to put homegrown solutions into action.

Devi Leiper O’Malley and Ruby Johnson   As co-directors of the  FRIDA (Flexibility, Resources, Inclusivity, Diversity, Action) Fund , Devi Leiper O’Malley and Ruby Johnson are helping young feminists harness their collective power to transform their communities. FRIDA has declared war on the funding gap for young feminist movements, directing its resources to girls around the globe who are working to end violence, promote human rights, and disrupt the status quo.

Devi Leiper O’Malley and Ruby Johnson

As co-directors of the FRIDA (Flexibility, Resources, Inclusivity, Diversity, Action) Fund, Devi Leiper O’Malley and Ruby Johnson are helping young feminists harness their collective power to transform their communities. FRIDA has declared war on the funding gap for young feminist movements, directing its resources to girls around the globe who are working to end violence, promote human rights, and disrupt the status quo.

Happy Women's History Month!

xo,
Kimothy

World breastfeeding week collaboration with Melinda Gates

I was honored to collaborate with Melinda Gates in August on an illustrated series for World Breastfeeding Week. I learned so much throughout this project and to my friends who are mothers—thank you for lamenting, laughing, crying, and sharing your uniquely beautiful stories of motherhood with me. WOMEN ARE INCREDIBLE and providing support for motherhood and parenthood is vital to the health of our communities.

The illustrative campaign provided significant discourse across social media and the web. Do we really understand, as a society, what our mothers go through in nourishing and supporting new life? Are we creating policy, public spaces, workplaces and creating company cultures that are inclusive of parenthood, and specifically, of mothers with newborns? 

Throughout the advocacy week, Melinda and I shared different scenarios highlighting the struggle, the joy, and the humor of motherhood. She also shared her personal experience and perspective on breastfeeding with Refinery 29 too–click here to read. Check out the illustrations from the campaign below. It's been one of my favorite campaigns yet! I'd love to continue the conversation too. Share your insight as mama below!