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Trailblazers: Dorchester

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

Valerie Blaise

I’m a handbag designer. But before that i’m an Leather artisan, and even before that i was a Haitian Immigrant living in Dorchester. I did much of my growing up in Boston trying to understand what being American was and finally being able to know it’s not monolithic allowed me to find my space in it. Read more>>

Kaitlyn Siner-Cappas

For a small-town girl, the decision to move to Boston was major – the most concrete starting point to where I am today- but really, when thinking about how I got to where I am now, it’s all part of my story, just with certain defining moments that I often reflect on. Read more>>

Erin Alexander Edwards

The Business of Soul Searching inspires listeners through guest interviews, challenging them to push through feeling stagnant and make change. Each guest is different from the last directly reflecting the podcast’s audience. Read more>>

Linda Wells

I spent time getting reacquainted with what brought me joy and being in a healthy relationship with myself. Working with a wellness professional led me to make a conscious decision to pursue wellness in all areas of my life. Read more>>

Alexandra Nova

For as long as I can remember I’ve had a passion for fashion and writing, but it was something I never really chose to express or pursue in my younger years. Instead, I chose to study hard and put myself through college. Like most millennials, I thought college would be my route to success. Read more>>

Janelle Woods-McNish

As a former Mrs. Massachusetts and reigning Mrs. New England International I’ve used this title and platform to elevate my personal passion and mission of advocating for young girls who are victims of human trafficking and commercial exploitation. Read more>>

Bianca Rose

The concept for The Bold & Beautiful Women Circle (BBWC) was founded in 2014 while studying abroad in Seville, Spain. A then twenty-one year old woman looking to experience the world around me, time spent away from my home environment in Boston. Read more>>

Patricia Timmons

Growing up in the Boston Public School system, I had some good moments but also challenging moments. I loved the education but was under the assumption that education did not like me. I worked hard but never really see opportunities that can elevate me to where I always dream of becoming. Read more>>

Nae LaMill

I was able to put it all together & get more comfortable with makeup to start posting my work. A couple of years later in April of 2016, I created my YouTube channel, which was first named as Nae Bae but since it was so common I shortly changed it Nae LaMill. Read more>>

Shanita Clarke

Throughout college I hustled doing people’s hair on campus, so it made sense when I decided to go to cosmetology school. I quit my job when I received my cosmetology license and never looked back. Although at times I remember wondering if I made a mistake and if I’d ever actually be successful. Read more>>

Jana Karp

I created Boston Youth Sanctuary to fill a void in integrative services for the most vulnerable population of children. A place where traumatized children feel safe and are able to receive whole-child wraparound services, while laughing, learning, growing and just being kids! Read more>>

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