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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.

Severina Gates

Back in 2009, I had just moved back to Boise from a year in Sweden, super out-of-shape and found a workout show on PBS (of all places!) called “Classical Stretch by Essentrics®”. I immediately fell in love with it — my legs and back felt lengthened, strong and my body always felt energized afterward. Read more>>

Jill Rodgers

In July of 2017, I left the corporate world and the company where I had worked for over a decade. I had been practicing yoga regularly for a handful of years, had become a registered yoga teacher at the end of 2016 and was, at the time, teaching part-time, just a couple classes per week. I knew my corporate job was no longer a good fit and so, I quit to focus on making teaching yoga a full-time gig. Read more>>

Brittney Burgess

I always felt a call to be of service; I went through some experiences living with autoimmune diseases from a young age that made me realize early on in life that every person struggles, whether that is outwardly apparent or not. I also developed a belief that we are each incredibly strong and capable and sometimes, just need to be reminded of this. Read more>>

Ashley Wagner

I had been an athlete my whole life and all of a sudden, I was working a 9-5 job. I felt like I lost a huge part of my identity like I could no longer call myself an “athlete” and was feeling really sad about losing the community connection that comes with being on a team. So in order to fill that void, I decided to audition to be a fitness instructor. Read more>>

Dani Keith

So, we were living in Mansfield, MA at the time and there was a little bead shop around the corner from the commuter rail and one day I stepped in. It was magical with all of the color and textures and I realized that my ability to translate my 2d creativity was dependent on me being happy, this was a chance to make tiny talismans of joy and wear them and I could coax myself back to happy – and so, I was hooked. Read more>>

Melissa Campbell

I started little pancakes as a way to unwind from my job at the time, selling mostly to friends at first but then starting an Etsy shop and doing weekly markets in Boston. Sales began to grow – I picked up some wholesale accounts and started doing shows in other cities as well. Read more>>

Maggie Cedarstrom

I had a very supportive upbringing. My family always liked to talk about ideas, be outside, be open and accepting. I always loved art, reading, music, anything that expressed inexpressible things. Read more>>

Ashram Derenoncourt

The Ash Log was initially created because I love to write and I wanted to have a creative outlet to share my interests and stories. But after I moved to Cambridge, MA and took a job at Wholefoods, I started to be more aware of sustainable living and taking an eco-conscious approach to the choices I make. Read more>>

Linette Bullock

I played sports and had a regular training schedule growing up. I decided to look for something slow-paced for recovery and came across an old Yoga video. At the time, I underestimated the practice and all it represented. In fact, I didn’t know what Yoga was and thought it was mere stretching. What an awakening that was! Read more>>

Jessy MK

I am a Boston based style blogger who focuses her content on fashion, beauty and lifestyle. My story begins on a vacation to sunny Florida. I encountered a young girl about 14 years old while swimming in a resort pool. She was an aspiring model and opened up to me about how the industry has made her feel insecure and unwelcome. Read more>>

Kristen Kelly

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by the concept of being able to change my appearance to express myself. My mom started letting me wear makeup in fifth grade and I remember other girl’s mothers complaining to her and saying a 10-year-old shouldn’t be allowed to wear makeup and that it wasn’t a good influence (luckily she told them to take a hike or I wouldn’t be doing this interview). Read more>>

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