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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.

Molly Scannell

Within the last 5 years, I have come full circle to exploring mediums and feeling less restrained in my process. I think my kids have really allowed me to experience that again. The ability to have little to no inhibitions. It is that freedom though, that has allowed me to be passionate about making art again. Read more>>

Jill McCracken

Despite growing up playing the drums in school and taking guitar lessons on Tuesday nights, I didn’t start singing publicly until the college days. Sitting on the floor of the dorms having some pretty classically cheesy singalongs, some new friends managed to single me out to tell me, “hey, you have a nice voice”. Read more>>

Josephine Marie

I was unknowingly doing self portraits for a few months when a male model from the Boston area contacted me on a private Instagram where I had shared the edits I would create with under 300 followers. He was branching out into photography and asked if I would be willing to model. Read more>>

Abigail Jean

Growing up, I was always a creative kid, from playing with coloring stencils instead of nap time to obsessing over the visual details of dioramas/posters for school projects. I was always going above and beyond doing or making something. Read more>>

Talin Megherian

If I want to start way back, I can begin when I was about 7 and took extra curricular art classes after school along side my mother. My mother is also an artist, she really came into her art in her later years of life. My art classes were taken with an Armenian woman artist that taught me, with much love and support. Read more>>

Marci Evans

I am extraordinarily fortunate to have created a company and brand that reflects both of my passions – helping individuals heal their relationship with food and body and developing programming and education for other practitioners. Read more>>

Zubeda Khan

I have always dreamed of working in the beauty industry. Make-up, skincare – all of it just dew me in when I was younger. I was born and raised in the United Kingdom and have spent a lot of my youth traveling the world. Five yeas ago, I decided to finally pursue my passion of owning my own spa. Read more>>

Maimoona Shaikh

Growing up, my mom tried to keep me away from makeup as much as possible. Her ideology has always been “natural beauty is the best type of beauty.” But once I turned 15, I begged her to allow me to play with makeup for just weddings. Read more>>

Mari Kozelian

It had always been a dream of mine to own my own salon. It took a lot of long hours, sweat, and tears to get to where I am, However, this industry has always been a passion of mine since I was little. To grow up and see my dreams becoming a reality has kept me going. Read more>>

Cyndi Hart

Cyndi brings a skill set straight from Los Angeles where she trained at the Aveda Institute; then she went on to craft her skill for the past 11 years amongst Hollywood celebs & trendsetters and most recently on Newbury Street in Boston. Read more>>

Karen Vierbuchen

I took a winding path across several creative fields before arriving recently at photography. I received my undergrad degree in architecture at Penn and worked as an architectural intern for 5 years before attending MIT for a masters in architecture. Read more>>

Manikka Bowman

It was indeed a leap of faith as I knew only one person in the Hub in addition to the stress of moving to one of the most expensive regions of the country with a crapload of student loan debt. I have always had a passion for the urban political economy and how faith influences those spaces. Read more>>

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