Book About Empowered Women

Photographic artist D. Brent Walton begins to create a book about empowered women, titled, Little Black Dress - Never Tell Your Daughters They Can't.

Palmyra, NY, June 16, 2012 --( Photographic artist D. Brent Walton of Palmyra, New York, has taken on a project to create a coffee-table book about empowered women. The book titled, Little Black Dress - Never Tell Your Daughters They Can't, will feature women from different walks of life who have or are pursuing their dreams. It will feature doctors, lawyers, pilots, students, just to name a few vocations.

"I raised seven daughters," Walton says, "I grew up during the feminist movements of the 60s and 70s when girls were taking wood shop and auto shop in high school. I wanted my daughters to be empowered with knowledge and skills as they grew up in the 80s, 90s and early 2000s. Thus, they helped in the kitchen as well as the garage. We baked cakes, and we repaired bicycles together. We changed the oil on the family car as well as braided hair. I never wanted to tell my daughters they can't do something because girls don't do that."

Walton's daughters today have careers in the military, educational, homemaking, insurance, and entrepreneurial fields. Four of his daughters have concealed weapons permits, and two have served in the military. Being proud of his daughter's accomplishments, Walton decided to self-publish a book about women and their accomplishments.

Walton's goal is to feature at least 50 women in the book. Concerning this venture, Walton states, "I am hoping as women find out about my project, they will come forward voluntarily. It is an opportunity for them to blow their own horn."

The book itself will be a large coffee-table book. When someone opens the book, they will see a portrait of the woman on the right-hand page, with a short biography on the left-hand page. And, in keeping with the title of the book, every woman will be dressed in black.

"Black has come to denote power," says Walton, "and every woman featured in my book has a story to tell. Their power may be in the courtroom, or it might be in the kitchen."

He adds that black is also unobtrusive. By having each participant dressed in black, attention is drawn to their face and expression. Walton quotes Lauren Bacall saying, "I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that."

Women who have a story of their accomplishments to tell, and would like to be considered for Walton's book, can contact him at through is web page He hopes to have the ready for publication by the end of 2012.
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D. Brent Walton