Founder of Real Authentic Women Wellness (RAWW), a nonprofit focused on breaking mental and sexual health taboos and stigmas, Diana Ramirez Diaz is a wife and mother of 3-year-old twins. As a survivor of severe anxiety and insomnia herself, she is an avid advocate for mental wellness. Driven by her life experiences, Diana was compelled to create RAWW as a way to initiate honest and informed conversations in nonclinical spaces. Their signature event, RAWWTalks, draws upon the art of storytelling to cover topics of depression, anxiety, sexual empowerment, sexual trauma, sex education, mental abuse and many more subjects that are typically considered tabooed.
Diana is a proud Mexican-American and Central Valley native, daughter of farm workers and a first-generation college student. Much of her work through RAWW is a direct result of what she experienced in her own culture. While the Mexican culture is rich in history, music and food, many aspects of it do not favor women. Generally, it means having to deal with machismo, shame associated with mental issues, and discouragement of healthy conversations about sex. For Diana, creating RAWW was a rebellious act—something she found to be both extremely liberating and empowering.