Brenda Ann Kenneally's documentary work about women in the once booming industrial city of Troy, NY, can be explored on her site. She followed seven different women over a five year period, experiencing their struggles and attempts to overcome the generational poverty that has overtaken a large percent of Troy's female headed families.
She says: “As a journalist and activist I have dedicated my life to exploring the how and why of class inequity in America. I am concerned with the internalized social messages that will live on for generations after our economic and social policies catch up with the reality of living on the bottom rung of America's upwardly mobile society.”
Kayla, at 16, with her 2-year-son, D`Anthony.
Kayla and James watching a movie after Kayla returned from an alternative high school for young mothers.
Kayla and her mother Deborah, at the beginning of their work shifts.
Kayla and James.
Kaylas son, D`Anthony, just before his third birthday.
Kayla, at 18 with her boyfriend.
Dana became pregnant at 18 by her first serious boyfriend. The couple planned on raising the child until her boyfriend was sentenced to two years in jail for breaking and entering. Dana put the child up for adoption.
Dana, now 20, and Ali on their wedding day. She gave birth six weeks later to her second child.
Dana just before taking her baby home.
Dana, Ali and Ali`s daughter at bedtime prayers on the babies first night home.
Staci, Dana`s sister.
Dana`s sister, Jessica, on her 22d birthday. A friend gave her pellet guns.
Lorraine, 34, met with her four children into a co-workers apartment after being evicted for not paying rent. She and her co-worker's brother became a couple.
Lorraine’s daughter Kattyn on eviction day.
Later, Lorraine’s family moved in with a friend's already crowded household of six.
Deana has seven children, fathered by three different men. Four of the children live with her.
Deana’s two youngest daughters wait outside for her to finish her shift at a gas station minimart. Half of what she makes goes to the court for child support.
Deana comes to see her oldest daughter, Valerie, off to her fiances sophomore prom. Valerie, 15, was raised by Deana`s mother and calls both women Mom. Valerie is the same age as her mother when she was married.
[via Upstate Girls]