I AM A WOMAN WHO was started by Jill Valle, an educator and psychotherapist with a specific focus on girls and women. When Jill began using the journaling prompt “I Am A Girl Who…” with students in workshops and private sessions she noticed the simple yet profound answers that were revealed. This exercise connected the girls to each other and helped them see and celebrate their commonalities rather than focus on their differences. Jill later used this same prompt with friends and acquaintances while asking permission to take their portraits. She began to see the possibility of combining photography and writing to take what is hidden inside and express it visually so that the outside is seen in a whole new way. In effect, she created a vehicle for an “integrated” portrait of the female self.