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Trailblazers: Cambridge

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 Cambridge that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Kristina Yebba

My passion for makeup started in high school. During my freshman year, I developed ugly, painful, cystic acne and didn’t even want to be seen – thank god for foundation and Youtube! Read more>>

Talia Hirsch

I am very passionate about utilizing whole ingredients for their naturally wonderful properties. I strive to make things that are not just allergen free versions of typical foods, but that taste great in their own right. Read more>>

Kathryn Rodgers

I’m an environmental health scientist at a non-profit research organization based in Newton called Silent Spring Institute. I have always been curious about the world—not just how things work but why things work the way they do. Read more>>

Toni LoPresti

Hair has always been a part of my family, and my life. My mother was a stylist so I grew up in her salons, and my attraction to hair grew with me. From modeling perms for my mom in 2nd grade, to perfecting 90s updos in my friends’ bathrooms in high school. Read more>>

Trojah Irby-Morgan

I am the rose that grew from concrete. As the fat girl with the “pretty face” and “nice singing voice” I had to dig deep to find my confidence. I knew it was in there somewhere but I had to go soul searching for myself. It started with loving me… Read more>>

ATIYA RODRIGUES-PONTES

I knew that we had a pretty special area in terms of food and history in our community. With this in mind, it prompted me to create a platform that allows exactly this union of community and culture into one place – all at the tip of a fork! Read more>>

Katie Borrazzo

I couldn’t say when exactly I first picked up a camera, but I remember during junior or senior year of high school, I started taking photos on my iPod touch, and made an Instagram. Read more>>

Cicely Carew

Art has always allowed me to be present, to access a higher level of consciousness in order process all the seasons of my life. I do not take it for granted. It is a gift. Read more>>

Sarah Marie Jette

I applied to several MFA creative writing programs my senior year of college. I didn’t get into any of them. When I look at where I am now, I am very happy with my life, with the path I have taken. I turned those rejections into opportunities. Read more>>

Josie Bray

I fell in love with the environment at Emerson and was fortunate enough to have amazing mentors and teachers there who encouraged me to make my own work and to develop my voice as an artist and as a teacher. Read more>>

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