We’re halfway through Women’s History Month and, from what we’re hearing, the ladies we’re celebrating are getting noticed…and they should!
We have three remarkable women left to highlight as part of our #SeeMe campaign, which reveals the faces of female incarceration throughout the month of March. Watching these women, hearing their voices and reading a bit about their journeys will hopefully encourage people to see them all through a different lens so we can end the stigma associated with incarceration once and for all.
We opened the campaign with Cristy then introduced you to Erica. Today, we’re traveling to the Department of Correction in Rockville, Indiana to celebrate the vibrant, resilient, her cup is always half-full Stephanie Taylor. #SeeStephanie
What’s one misconception you want to change about women who are incarcerated?
The world seems to think we are all bad people because of our incarceration. We made bad choices, but that does not make us bad women.
What did it take coming to prison to learn?
Prison has helped me find a true sense of self-worth. I’ve also found the strength to hold myself and others in my life accountable.
What is one accomplishment you’re most proud of?
Learning all of the advances in technology after being incarcerated for 10 years.
A woman from the past who inspires me is…
My mom is the one person from my past that inspires me. She perseveres through every struggle that comes her way and always comes out with a positive attitude.
A woman who currently inspires me is…
My younger sister Mindy. No matter her situation in life she never gives up. She strives toward her goals for future successes.
How will you set an example to the young women of tomorrow?
Someone who showed perseverance and strength through all my struggles.
How would you like to be remembered in history books?
As a woman who did not give up when things got tough in life.
This Women’s History Month, what do you want to shine a light on?
Being able to show who I am today, and not who and what society labeled me.