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Inspirational Women:Voices, Stories and Portraits of Nine Rhode Island Women

January 8, 2020 - 11:43am -- publicity

At Rochambeau Library (January 3-31); Mount Pleasant Library (February 3 - 28); Wanskuck Library (March 3-13) during regular scheduled hours  

Three PCL locations will host Inspirational Women, a traveling multimedia exhibit from the YWCA Rhode Island between January and March. The exhibit documents the voices, stories and portraits of Rhode Island women of achievement and features photographs by Providence Journal photojournalist, Kris Craig. Recorders and headsets will be available in libraries to enable visitors to listen to prerecorded audio stories about each portrait subject as they tour the exhibit. 

Inspirational Women features the likenesses and stories of the following nine women:

Karen Allen Baxter (Senior Managing Director, Rites and Reason Theatre in the Department of Africana Studies, Brown University
Becci Davis (Interdisciplinary Artist) 
Gail Davis (Volleyball coaching legend, YWCA Board member)
Ashley Faulkner (Chef and co-owner, Bucktown PVD) 
Courtney Hoggard-Savage (Associate, Milken Institute, Brown University rugby coach and player)
Melissa Husband (Deputy RI Secretary of State)
Kendall Moore PhD, (Documentary filmmaker and Professor, University of Rhode Island) 
Beatrice Pulliam (Librarian and Technology Director, Providence Public Library) 
Victoria Tolbert (Captain, RI National Guard)

According to the YWCA's original press release, the determined message of the women featured in the exhibit to the next generation is: "Write your own future." The exhibit .."resonates within the context of two powerful recent
reports... The New York Times Magazine published “1619,” which explores the history of slavery and seeks to reframe how Americans understand the origins of our country and democracy. In The Providence Sunday Journal, Providence Student Union members voiced how race is a big part of a disconnect with the district’s predominantly white teachers, in the aftermath of disturbing findings in the recent Johns Hopkins University review of the city’s troubled schools."

About Kris Craig: A photojournalist at the Providence Journal, Craig has been documenting lives in Rhode Island, the U.S. and around the world for more than three decades. "I like being a behind-the-scenes witness to life, collecting stories from people I’d normally never get to meet and going places I wouldn’t have thought to go." says Craig. "I childishly believe that photojournalism–like mountain bikes, Tevas, and jeans–were designed especially for me. How else to explain finding a profession that satisfies an artistic yearning and physical desire to explore, to see and create, while defying routine,and providing a private passion – a place to play out with such public expression?” 

Inspirational Women is funded in part by the Black Philanthropy Initiative at the Rhode Island Foundation. For more about YWCA Rhode Island, visit