We are tethered to our lives and to each other by stories, those slender causal threads that keep us tautly anchored, secure in our assumptions and aspirations. We (mostly) wake, get dressed, comb our hair, go to work, and respect the rules and laws of family and country. It all makes sense . . . until one day, by an act of fate or will, it just doesn’t. What happens when those takes no longer seem binding? How can we, for better or worse, change the narrative? This portfolio is dedicated to American women who have done just that: arisen one morning and made a significant change in their lives or the lives of others. Captured by a dozen of our favorite photographers and directors, it is an exploration of the meaning of “transformation” in every sense, from the superficial to the profound.