Defense Date


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts


Fine Arts


Photography & Film

First Advisor

Sasha Waters Freyer

Second Advisor

Sonali Gulati

Third Advisor

Lea Marshall


The images included in my thesis work reflect my experience growing up with military propaganda—pictures of cheerful white women in pearls as part of my rural middle American landscape. I do not name the oppressor because I am not here to pick at the thorns, but to get to the root of the oppression. These are some of the servicewomen I’ve met. Their stories parallel but cannot encompass the private experiences of all service women. I am grateful for their generosity; without them there would be no pictures.

The battle for equality is much older than Rosie the Riveter but we still ask the same questions we asked Joan of Arc in the 15th century: if she isn’t working miracles, what is she doing on the battlefield?


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