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Trailblazers: Fenway, Symphony, and Jamaica Plain

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 Fenway, Symphony, and Jamaica Plain that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Seantel Trombly

When I first moved to Boston in 2013 to study architecture at Wentworth Institute of Technology, I immediately started to discover the ways a diverse city community would alter the way I viewed myself. Soon after living on my own, I started to really uncover a lot of things about myself. Read more>>

Kinza Hussain

My interest in painting was influenced by my mother. She has several beautiful oil paintings dispersed throughout our home, and I hope to become as skilled as her one day. One of my closest friends asked for a canvas painting with her favorite quote on it, “For you, a thousand times over.” Read more>>

marissa ashcraft

With wise words from blogs and youtube, I slowly taught myself to sew with my first machine, a Singer. As I completed more projects, I realized that I needed a space to catalog my creations. Thus, my blog, One CrafDIY Girl (pronounced one crafty girl) was born. A lover of puns, my blog’s name is just that! Read more>>

Chelsey Green

ile developing her own band and brand, she went on to receive a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Maryland College Park. Most recently, Chelsey found her way to Boston after being appointed Associate Professor in the String Department at the Berklee College of Music. Read more>>

Cara Brostrom

The whole day walking about the farmland, exploring creeks and dirt paths. I was pretty autonomous from the beginning, and would go out exploring the square mile around my home on my own. This made for a rich inner life which still informs the way I work today. Read more>>

adrienne shishko

My career as an artist is the result of years of change and evolution; I went through several different careers before finding a way to express myself that truly fulfills every part of my being. I started by finding classes and smaller exhibitions in the Boston area. Read more>>

Natalie Gillard

A few years ago, a not so kind coworker barged into my office demanding that I train their employees. They even requested, in a condescending manner, that the training go below the surface, “this time”. Having trained their employees many times in the past. Read more>>

Anela Oh

It’s been quite the love affair, the ocean and I. Waves and fish filled my notebooks and dreams for as long as I can remember and the more I explored through diving or snorkeling the more I found that my restless soul was at peace. Read more>>

Jill McDonough

Working with incarcerated people is the best way I know not to feel sorry for yourself, to know what a sweet deal life is, how great it is to be free. Once I published some books and won some awards for writing poems I got hired at UMB as a tenure-track professor, so I get a salary instead of paid per class. Read more>>

Denise Gonzalez-Ramos

Shaped Curvy started during a difficult time in my life, right after the birth of my second daughter. At the time my oldest was only 15 months and we had a newborn. I was torn between going back to work or being a stay at home mom. Read more>>

Korri Leigh Crowley

I worked in State Government for a few years after college and while I enjoyed public service I kept being called to do something more creative. I enrolled in a graduate journalism program at Northeastern University and immediately knew that being a storyteller was my calling. Read more>>

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