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Meet Paola Mendoza—Mama To Mateo & Artistic Director Of The Women’s March

Written by Katie Hintz-Zambrano

Photography by Photographed by Victoria Gloria of Motherhood Storybook

What does a woke household look like? In the case of film director-turned-activist Paola Mendoza, it’s draped in color, well-traveled, and full of activist touches. As Artistic Director of the Women’s March, Paola is on the front lines of several fights at once, including Defend DACA (she is an impassioned immigrant hailing from Colombia). She’s also co-author of the new book Together We Rise: Behind the Scenes at the Protest Heard Around the World and a dedicated mother to 4-year-old Mateo Ali (named after activist and athlete Muhammad Ali). Below, Mendoza shows us around her New York City pad, and discusses raising a child of privilege in the resistance and having zero time for bullshit.

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