Dorie Hagler
  • New York-based photographer Dorie Hagler shared with ABC News a selection of her portraits and testimonies from her <a href="http://meandeve.com" target="external">me&EVE</a> project that focus on women who are mothers. </br></br>Lynee Welles, pictured, told Hagler, "I loved giving birth. I loved the experience of surrendering to the pain and the rhythm of your body that knows how to give life. Both times I went in to the hospital at 8 a.m. and delivered my babies by 3 p.m. It was all in a day's work."
    Dorie Hagler
  • Hagler told ABC News that her "me&EVE" project is intended to be a platform to acknowledge everyday women’s stories. She writes, "We hear about the same 10 exceptional women of history again and again. Really, there are so many more exceptional women and I want to give a shout-out to them all." </br></br>Sabita Singh, pictured, told Hagler, "I wanted to give my girls what I didn't have, a college education. I was born in Guyana, there wasn't any opportunity for me there. My girls were born here, and my husband and I both work and now both girls have college degrees."
    Dorie Hagler
  • Hagler told ABC News, "While many of the mothers I’ve photographed share the same pressures of raising children, each of their stories is unique."</br></br> Entrepreneur Mary Phan told Hagler, "I don't believe there is a male or female role in terms of taking care of children. I think today there is a call for someone to step up for spouses to share the responsibilities. I am a businesswoman and a mother and I couldn't travel and do my business if my husband weren't caring for the children too."
    Dorie Hagler
  • Mary, a resident of New York City, told Hagler, "I was a Special Ed teacher in Brooklyn at P.S. 10 for more than twenty years. I loved it, and now one of my daughters is also a teacher and works at the same school in Brooklyn where I worked. I have four children and five grandchildren who all live in Stuyvesant Town. We have been living here for over 40 years."
    Dorie Hagler
  • Lawyer Stacey Marz told Hagler, "Our mothers' generation was different. They accepted their lot and were nurses, teachers or stay at home mothers. I'm a mother and I don't think I have missed out any professional opportunities because I benefited from all the women and mothers who worked so hard before us."
    Dorie Hagler
  • Author Julia Pimsleur told Hagler, "It's ironic. Some women worry that taking maternity leave will stall their career. Having a child and taking leave led me to starting my business and has been the most rewarding and fulfilling part of my career."
    Dorie Hagler
  • Marvell Robinson told Hagler, "I started by just packaging other people's products but now my daughters and I are baking all kinds of things. Natural cookies, from plant-based ingredients. My daughters are home schooled and after they finish schooling at three, they help me with the business."
    Dorie Hagler
  • Dominga Castro Lucas, one of the inspirations for "me&EVE," directs a school in Guatemala and is the mother of five children. She told Hagler, "When I got pregnant at 18 I had to drop out of school. Then I had two more children. And finally I borrowed money and I bought a propane stove so I could cook faster in the morning, go to school in the afternoon and heat up the food again in the afternoon. I was the first mother in my region to go back to school and become a teacher."
    Dorie Hagler
  • "Being a woman means that I have more layers. I see things that guys don't see. I can see other sides to a situation. The most amazing thing about being a woman is being able to give birth. After my daughter was born I realized that I would much rather be a woman." - Victoria Bekerman, jeweler.
    Dorie Hagler
  • Photographer Lori Berkowiz told Hagler, "I had my child later in life and I appreciate how lucky I am. I've had the opportunity to have a 20-year career and now I get to be a mother." To see more of Dorie Hagler's "me&EVE" project, visit the project's <a href="http://meandeve.com" target="external">website</a> and <a href="https://www.instagram.com/meandeve/" target="external">Instagram feed</a>. She will be taking photos at Bethesda Fountain in Central Park on Mother's Day from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.
    Dorie Hagler
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