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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.

Kayla Skillin

Photography has always been a part of my life, but mostly in the background. I was always carrying a camera around in high school and adding digital cameras to my birthday and Christmas “wish lists.” However, I didn’t start taking it seriously until the winter of 2016. I had just finished graduate school about six months earlier and I got the itch for a new hobby. I started looking in the catalog for the Boston Center for Adult Education, after hearing good things about it, and saw the Digital Photography for Beginners class and decided to sign up. Read more>>

Sophie J. Cherenfant

I started my fashion blog, That Fille Sophie because I wanted an outlet to express my creativity with fashion, beauty and my recent adventure in college. I thought to mix fashion with educational posts that could motivate me but also motivate someone else who came across my page. I am at the age where most of my peers are done with their first college degree, in my late 20’s, I went back to school and decided to live in a dorm. Those details about my new life led me to start and be serious about my fashion brand “That Fille Sophie”. Read more>>

Arelis Gomes

I was born on February 21, 1981. My parents, Teodoro and Rosaura Martinez are immigrants of the Dominican Republic. They are both American Citizens who have lived in the country for 40 plus years. They both worked multiple jobs to raise their two biological daughters and adopted son. I am the oldest daughter, and my little sister Sarai is the youngest. We both attended the Newton Public School system byways of the METCO program. We were born and raised in Dorchester, but the METCO program allowed inner-city kids like our selves attend a suburban school to help with cultural diversity, so residents/students can be more cognizant of what our world really looks like outside their town. Read more>>

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>>

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