LadyFest Syracuse, a one-day mini festival dedicated to feminism provides a space for female-empowered creativity and expression.
On Saturday Sept. 26, the Westcott Community Center was packed with people of all ages and genders at the second annual LadyFest Syracuse event. Live music, feminist spoken word and artwork viewings were just some of the activities that guests enjoyed at the feminist music and arts festival.
Mayra Najera struggled throughout her teenage years with an eating disorder. Her new outlook on food prompted her to create healthy meals for local children.
In her early teens, Mayra Najera remembers looking through Women’s Health magazine, looking for ways maintain a healthy body weight. Najera was uncomfortable with her weight, known as the “chubbiest one” in her network of cousins. She felt empowered by articles promoting healthy lifestyles, but as soon as she looked at the cover, it was as if there was a whole different message.
“This is why I’m bulimic,” Najera said. “Because I don’t look like her.”