I’m so excited to be a part of the Establishment Brewing‘s International Women’s Day Beer! My self-portrait with the Milky Way on a ridge in the Canadian Rockies is on the label of their new beer release, Rebel GirlA portion of the proceeds from beer sales will be given to The Pink Boots Society – an international organization of women and non-binary folks in the fermented and alcoholic beverage industry working collectively to support and advance the careers of its members through educational scholarships, committed to advocating for a safe and equitable industry as well as promoting diversity and inclusion.

International Women’s Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. It’s also a reminder that there are many challenges and unequal opportunities for women in many fields, including one of my fields, photography. I’ve spent most of my life in male-dominated industries, from physics in university to now in photography. Even currently, representation can be lacking in the photography industry. Companies announce line-ups of ambassadors/elite photographers/speakers that are all men, have little diversity, or have a poor ratio of women included. People are noticing, and people are saying something. The revolution is comin’. As a photographer, mentor, speaker, and educator, I’ve been trying to advocate for more diversity. Honestly, sometimes I don’t know what to do, and it feels like I don’t get anywhere. But then every once in a while something positive happens, or I feel like I was able to help. Those are good moments. Here’s to more opportunities to make a positive difference.

Monika Deviat self portrait silhouette on Mountain Ridge with Milky Way