Recent events in America have left a layer of shock over many communities, but have you ever seen those flowers that grow through the cracks of cement? This spring t’s not just one lone bloom to be found pushing through a material that resonates as life halting, but a garden. At least that’s how we see the beauty of the feminist, and intersectional movement that have emerged from grieving — more inclusive and reinforced as ever.
We feel the need to grab hold of the hands of our sisters, and there is one woman who is leading by example through a fresh new platform that promotes togetherness, and community — Her Society
was founded by Lindsay Van Cantfort in the wake of the election and the mass welcoming it received online alone
is a sign that we are ready. We’ve been waiting.
collaborated with Lindsay and photographer Hannah Hazel
to create a compelling visual story to accompany our interview.
VÉRITÉ: You finally felt it was time to start a movement, a movement called Her Society
, can you tell us about what the catalyst was, and what Her Society
LINDSAY VAN CANTFORT: For years now I have been wrestling with how to bring all the remarkable women in my life together, together in a way they could create something more powerful then ourselves. As fate would have it. BOOM. A Trump presidency and a voice in my head saying “This is different, I feel different about this country and my gender.” Women need a place to educate themselves, to not feel alone in the fight and to see that female togetherness is something we all crave. Her Society offers that, beauty wrapped strength. It was born from truth & lives in us.
V: What does being a woman mean to you?
LVC: Strength, grace and grit.
V: I had decided that my New Years resolution was to get offline and start an in-person community, and you are doing both! What do you think about creating a community can spawn change?
LVC: “One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman”— Simone de Beauvoir. I believe everything we are is the result of our choices, as we build ourselves out of our own resources and those which society gives us. We don’t only create our own values, we create ourselves. I simply want to give women the tools to create their own belief system, based on truth, honesty and female relationships.
V: How do you hope Her Society can impact the causes you strive to partner with?
LVC: Awareness, Awareness, Awareness! With that said, one thing that was very
important to me was keeping a diverse way to interact with the causes. Not everyone can donate…then write a postcard. Not everyone can go to a rally… then call. I want people to feel they can stay involved in a number of ways.
V: Do you have a moment you can pin point where you saw pure female strength that inspired you?
LVC: Two stick out. One, Jane was my first memory, my mother. She is totally badass. She demanded equality, she insisted on being viewed as smart and beautiful and only in that order. She reads more books than any person I have ever met. She was my first friend and my earliest example of gut wrenching female power, the good the bad and the ugly parts of battling back against social norms. Second, would be the women I lived with in Tanzania. I have never in my life seen more raw determination, honestly, strength or female intuition. My mother shaped my mind, those women shaped my soul.
V: Social media is such an amazing platform to use for good, as an entrepreneur how do you want to use your voice and your social platform to spread your message?
LVC: Keeping it inclusive, remaining bold and not be afraid to push the envelope especially when we are talking about womanism and feminism, breast, sexuality, sensuality…these are not curse words and I love exposing people to something they might not necessarily seek out, it helps the much need conversation about this new wave of female-ism.
V: What would you say to other women who want to get involved, and want to speak up but may feel they don’t have a voice?
LVC: Just start and ask questions, we need you, you are not alone but amongst friends. The mantra I always say is ” If your eight year old self met you, would they be proud?” that is what gets my ass out of bed and participating in the movement.
V: Three books that changed your life?
V: What stigmas about the women’s movement would you like to change?
LVC: I wish woman could be more honest and vulnerable with other woman. I often feel that woman hide behind society norms and don’t convey their real thoughts and views. I hope the women’s movement can start on the ground floor of change, with real connections and relationships based on respect, and then get to work.
V: If you could take an uber pool with one person, get stuck in NY traffic, and rack their brain on a whim who would it be?
LVC: Malala Yousafzai, she would teach me more than my little cold heart could muster about life & what living means.