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Trailblazers: Back Bay, Beacon Hill, South End

The editorial team has a special attachment to our new series, The Trailblazers: Rewriting the Narrative, because so many of us feel that media portrayals of women have been too one dimensional. Today, women are doing incredible things in all fields – from science and technology to finance, law, business, athletics and more.  With the Trailblazers series, we hope to highlight and celebrate female role models, encourage more equal and just representation in the media, and help foster a more tight-knit community locally helping women find mentors, business partners, friends and more.

Below, you’ll find some incredible trailblazers from in and around Back Bay, Beacon Hill & South End that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Janelle “elle” Feigley

Janelle “elle” Feigley is an authentic magic-maker that does not believe that “hope is a strategy”. Born with a wild imagination and an innate need to create and to use her body and hands, Janelle has always found herself immersed in athletics and canvas from the start. Read more>>

Lisa Gallagher

I have always since elementary school art class with those charcoal sticks have gravitated towards anything creative. Growing up my Uncle was an artist residing in Cambridge. I thought it was pretty much the coolest thing that you could do what you love. Read more>>

Erica Lee

The ease and naturalness with which I experienced this phenomena was in direct contrast to how it was received by everyone else. In short order, I sort of accepted two things: that I was in touch with ghosts, and that it was far from normal. Read more>>

Margaret Harrison

As a wedding consultant and coordinator, I consult with couples during the planning process; I review proposals, floor plans, banquet orders and schedules. Then, 45 days before the wedding, I pull all of their plans together and bring the weekend to life. Read more>>

Emily Chan

To give my Instagram a more regional focus, I changed the handle to @bostonfoodgram last September. At the time, I was only followed by around 400 of my closer friends. After a continued effort eating at restaurants, sharing content, and engaging with other food bloggers, the reach of my Instagram naturally grew! Read more>>

Laura Latham

Throughout my career in sports I’ve always had a knack for watching people move and could always (from a place of love) pick out the quirks in my teammate’s gait or nuances in their movement. Then, I didn’t know what it meant, it was just something that came easily to me. Read more>>

Rachel Eng and Maddie Gatto

Our friendship began in high school and we were both excited when we realized we were going to go to colleges in the same city. Maddie attends Boston College and studies communication and Rachel goes to Northeastern University and studies Health Science. Read more>>

Lily Goff

I found flowers were a sense of peace for me. Working with flowers and creating floral designs became my therapy. When I realized my creations brought joy to others I discovered I could create beauty through my healing. Read more>>

Marsha Nouritza Odabashian

Music, ballet, girl scouts, camping trips were all a part of my early life. I learned to play the violin well enough to play first violin in a youth orchestra. Throughout my high school and college years, I drew incessantly from memory, imagination and from real life. Read more>>

Jessica Sperandio

The effort to share a voice or have a voice was evident. This is a group of people that have never seen a reflection of themselves in control of the United States. I felt the need to document the hands of need, want and determination. Read more>>

Elena Goddard

While searching for schools, I found Berklee College of Music and knew I had to go there, since they were one of the only schools that offered music training and business skills on such a contemporary level. After two auditions, I finally got in, packed up my bags and moved to Boston to study piano, music business, and songwriting. Read more>>

Lucy Tang

After I did my first microblading on my model, and seeing the tears of joy on her face, I could never imagine how important a pair of eyebrows can do to our face, or to boost someone’s confidence so much. At that time, I knew I found my dream career that I am able to use my passion in art and beauty to make others feel beautiful. Read more>>

Abby Helman Kelly

Within two years I had thousands of social media followers, a popular website, and a huge, supportive and ever-growing audience. I organized large-scale expos, collabortative farm dinners, outreach programs and more. I was also receiving many requests to expand. Read more>>

Nina Joory

Music has always been part of my life, and I always knew it would be the path that I would pursue. I started singing when I was a child, but started taking lessons when I was twelve years old. I was lucky enough to be exposed to many cultures, as it later allowed me the choice to explore them in my music. Read more>>

Jessica Nathania

I am a huge dreamer – day and night. And I like to think of myself as someone that is fluent in speaking in love and tears through music. I was always writing simple ideas and lyrics as a hobby, but my Berklee journey took me to a path that led me to the world of Songwriting which I am currently living my life in. Read more>>

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