#midlandgalsforchange | three

Mar 22nd 2018

 Photography: Annie McElwain | Make-up/Hair: 1011 Makeup

MELISSA SONICO

Is a writer and a woman, I hope to contribute to a brighter future for the children of the world, including strides towards gender equality and providing the resources for literacy around the world. An education is essential but not always available to children in need. Room to Read @roomtoread is an organization that seeks to remedy these deficiencies by giving primary school children in low income countries these resources as well as preparing young girls for secondary school and beyond. ⚡️ @melissasonico ⚡️ Melissa wears @sugar_candy_mountain.

SARAH SHERMAN SAMUEL

I love to see women supporting women, and I’d like to see more of a spirit of inclusivity all around. One organization I support is @womenoftomorrow where highly accomplished professional women reach out and mentor at-risk girls in public high schools to discuss ways to overcome obstacles and to provide skills for success. ⚡️@sarahshermansamuel ⚡️ Sarah wears @ilanakohn.

ERICA CHIDI COHEN

I’d like to see women having more honest and empathetic conversations about their bodies, relationships and sex. I want women to intrinsically know how their bodies work especially when it comes to their menstrual cycle, sexual functioning and childbirth. Culturally, there is a deep lack of understanding about our bodies, which creates both conscious and unconscious narratives anchored in shame. I want to see that start to come undone. The more we truly share the more free each of us will be. The reason why I’d like to support the LGBT center @lalgbtcenter is because they provide both low cost primary and reproductive healthcare to all. And If you are uninsured, the can help you get insurance through Covered California or determine your eligibility for medical and drug assistance programs. They are rad. ⚡️ @ericachidicohen @thisisloom ⚡️Erica wears @ilanakohn.

JESSE CHAMBERLIN MARBLE

I started a tradition annually with my husband to contribute to organizations that protect our environment. We’ve done this by creating an album annually called Plant Facts, a synth-driven, Mort Garson-styled song with the intention of adding over it a David Attenborough inspired narration colorfully delivering some of the plant world’s most fascinating and inspiring facts. Last year was our first year and we hosted a listening party and 100% profits were donated to the @sierraclub to help them carry on the fight for clean air, clean water, and the preservation of our land. As Carl Sagan says so perfectly, “Anything else you’re interested in is not going to happen if you can’t breath the air, or drink the water. Don’t sit this one out. Do something.” Last years album is for sale at plantfacts.bandcamp.com

⚡️ @jessechamberlinmarble ⚡️ Jesse wears @ilanakohn and @brookesboswell.

KRISTEN CAISSIE

I hope to see a change in the homelessness in the country and specifically (keeping it local) in Los Angeles. I support charities like good shepherd center @gsc4womenchildren that lift up and assist woman, mothers and children seek refuge from the streets. ⚡️ @mooncanyon ⚡️Kristen wears @mirandabennettstudio and @communitiemarfa.

MARGARET KLEVELAND + PHOEBE DEAN

We would like to see an end to the use of plastic - we are deeply concerned about the state of mother earth and human health and would like us all to do our best to fight for them. Planned Parenthood has always been our organization of choice (no pun intended) @plannedparenthood - in addition we've been supporting Sea Legacy @sea_legacywhich is a wonderful organization fighting for our ocean and ocean creatures. Let’s make some change!

⚡️ @margaretkleveland @phoebe_dean@shopdoen ⚡️ Margaret & Phoebe wear @rachelcraventextiles.

ELLEN BENNETT

My foundation of choice is the (RED) organization @red ~ Every year my company, Hedley & Bennett @hedleyandbennett and our aprons directly contributes to the support of the global fight against AIDS in hopes of eradicating the disease. My hope for change in the world is that I can do my part, such as support amazing organization like (RED) who fight, world-wide, to end AIDS/HIV, and I hope that everyone in the world, each one, does their individual part. Together, we can make a massive difference, one contribution at a time!

⚡️ @ellenmariebennett ⚡️Ellen wears @mirandabennettstudio and @brookesboswell.

WENDY POLISH

In 2018, I hope everyone can become more mindful of the impact we have on this planet. This weekend you can have the chance to spread conservation awareness and make a difference by turning off your lights for Earth Hour 2018 • Saturday March 24th • 8:30 pm your local time @world_wildlife#earthhour ⚡️ @wendypolish ⚡️ Wendy wears a jumper by @ozma_of_california.

HELEN NISHI

"Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I'm wise so I'm changing myself.” - RUMI

@charitywater@twloha@oceana@showhope@theadventureproject@farmsanctuary | ⚡️ @helennishi ⚡️

Helen is wearing @mirandabennettstudio.