JANUARY 1 2018 – AUGUST 2021

What Does it Mean to Be A Woman celebrates various ways people who identify as women express their gender and identity.
The project comprises of an art exhibition with large impactful paintings, video, three public educational events, and public engagement through social media channels. The project is approachable and accessible to all women, highlighting the wisdom women embody beyond limited role models.

What Does it Mean to Be A Woman encourages meaningful conversation that empowers women’s voices and exposes fuller gender representation—providing a platform for women’s perspectives and experiences to shape our collective future.

In each interview woman share unique and diverse perspectives on the meaning of womanhood, allowing the viewer exposure to new ideas or possibilities about what it means to be a woman.

“One of the best ways to get an idea of how a woman feels about being a woman is to take a look at how she treats other women.”

 – Renita J. Weems

“To be a woman means to be part of the human race.”

Interview with Beatriz E. Ledesma PhD, LCPC, ATR (She/Her)

“I think about the danger of visibility as a woman and that my visibility as a woman could potentially be a problem

Interview with Singer, Songwriter, Healer, Michelle Amador

I didn’t want jealousy to be what being a woman was about, so I had to confront it, and I found out that all of my deepest jealousies and insecurities towards other women were because I was attracted to them”

Interview with Artist and Illustrator Be Boggs. 

“I am a part of a sacred balance in life, and I also am learning to balance masculine and feminine energies within myself. As a child, I don’t feel like I really identified with the idea of being a woman, or even a girl or boy really… I just was”

Mira Clark – Artist and community activist living in Nevada County, CA. Currently producing a project about women called WomanNature. 

“My identity comes from everything I’m pushing back against and where I experience oppression. The feminist fire comes out when I feel like other women, or I can’t do something”

Gabi Markham – Yoga instructor and co-director of Laviot, a community for LGBT+ Jewish women and non-binary people based in London. 

“Now that I’m a mom, a woman is a She-Ro; she can hold the world in her hands”

Aqueila M. Lewis-Ross – Award-winning Performance Artist, Author & Journalist
Aqueila’s GoFundMe

“Being a woman equals being powerful and living in a constant state of creation

Tia Tuenge – Artist, Healer, and Gatherer of Women.

By Terra Nyssa

Instinctively we are born into this world as nurtures and leaders. We are born in this world as educators, supporters, guides and healers. We are born into this world as feeling, empathetic beings. We hold a special place in our hearts for those who show us beauty, love and strength. We have a desire to emulate that, to find the inspired, and the wisdom in life all around us. But we must also address the challenges, what happens to us along our journey is crucial. Being human is challenging, being a woman human in this modern time is even more challenging. Yet along this journey we stand in the shoes of many women who have come before us, not even knowing it. We as women wouldn’t be who we are without the ancestors who have come before us and made it possible to be who we are now. Through their suffering and celebrations were able to have a voice in so many ways they didn’t. With all its beauty and challenges in this present day, I am inspired by this generation of young women. By the collaborations that are taking place between generations of women. It’s an inspiring time to be a woman! So in some ways it feels like a responsibility as a woman to create platforms and support for all women in solidarity for the human beings on this planet. For those who show up and those who can’t. Depending on where a person comes from, what they have had to endure and and what we are lifted up by, all brings fuel to the story of women today. In collaboration we learn and grow.  That’s what it means to be a woman today. 

Photo by Renate Putzka of Terra Nyssa

Paintings by Ruth Chase

Ruth engages the community by interviewing women and men about what it means to be a woman. The interviews, and other material submitted by the community informs the work, resulting in large intimate paintings.

If you’re interested in participating, please contact Ruth at RuthChaseFineArt@ymail.com