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Trailblazers: South Boston

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

Kelly Jablonski

I have always been a very active and social person – basically a ‘yes man’ friend for events and hanging out. However, what made me start my blog was a close group of friends who had been blogging for a few years. They were very encouraging of me getting started myself. So, after event after event of telling new people I’d met I didn’t have a blog and was just there as a friend and for the food and drinks – Read more>>

Christine Sullivan

I had exposure to graphic design and graphic arts in high school and knew it would be a great career. I also believed it would be a career I could continue once I had a family. I attended Endicott College in Beverly, MA to pursue a degree in Visual Communications. Endicott has an amazing internship program that requires three internships to be completed during your four-year program. Read more>>

Elizabeth McLaughlin

My dolls were dressed in outfits I hand stitched. As a teen, I began to alter my clothing to make the styles unique. At JMW high school, I focused on fine arts, especially acrylic painting. There, I won the Congressional Art Award for my painting of Historic Slater Mill, the first textile mill in the USA. After school, I would often watch Project Runway and be inspired by the fashion designers. Read more>>

Petra Ledkovsky

I never intended to be a business owner or entrepreneur, and had no previous experience or expertise in these areas. But along the way, it became clear to me that the type of yoga studio that I wanted to teach in that supported the type of yoga I wanted to teach was not just going to appear, I was going to have to create it. Read more>>

Justine Crowley

I originally knew I wanted to start a business sending healing jewelry around the world. I had already gotten into Reiki, a natural hands-on healing technique where the practitioner acts as a channel to connect the client to the Universal Life Force Energy. Through Reiki, the client’s natural healing process is awakened and strengthened. Read more>>

Issamal Mejia

With so many compliments and praises from other mothers on my social media accounts, I became even more inspired to trailblaze the “mommy and me” experience. I wanted to do what I enjoyed the most and that was bonding with my little one through matching outfits and fashion. I created StyleMeMomma to offer a fun, trendy, and affordable kid’s fashion boutique to other mothers like myself. Read more>>

Kate Taylor

I concentrated on learning as much as I could, investing in new equipment and getting my name out there. Photography in this area is a very saturated market, so I had to find a way to set myself apart from my competition. My hard work paid off and soon I was getting lots of new clients, all referred from past clients. Read more>>

Eliza Bladon

It’s a great way to get a quick restaurant recommendation for when you have a party of ten people from out of town or need some advice on which private charter companies have the best wifi. I’ve been fortunate enough to meet a great group of savvy and smart women and men who were facing similar issues at work as I was. Read more>>

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