About Unbound

Unbound is a multimedia and book project by acclaimed photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur (We Animals, The Ghosts in Our Machine) and Dr. Keri Cronin (Department of Visual Arts, Brock University). Our goal is to recognize and celebrate women at the forefront of animal advocacy, in both a contemporary and historical context. The project will evolve over a few years, as we meet, photograph and interview inspiring, hard-working women around the globe. We invite you to join us on our journey as we get to know these incredible women and hear about their challenges, the dangers they’ve faced, their triumphs, their sacrifices, their joys.

In addition to honouring the many women who have fought for animals, Unbound will also inspire our audience to do what they can to make the world a kinder, gentler place for all species. Far too often people believe that they do not have enough time, money, or expertise to get involved in animal advocacy. Many of us also misunderstand what it means to be an “activist.” Unbound aims to challenge those notions, and to demonstrate through these inspiring examples how we all can make a difference for the animals with whom we share this planet.

Unbound also has important historical value. Animal advocacy is happening now. It is a movement that is continually evolving, growing, and challenging the status quo. Not only will Unbound tell the stories of women from past eras whose efforts for animals are largely forgotten today, but it will be chronicling the history that is being made right now. This is, in many ways, a living archive.

Thanks for joining us on this exciting journey, and make sure to follow our stories, photos, interviews and progress on social media.

We especially welcome nominations highlighting the work of women of colour (BIPOC), GLBTTQ women, and women with disabilities.