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Trailblazers: South Side

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

Rachel James

I’ve always been into beauty and fashion and all things beautiful since I can remember. Shortly after high school, I attended Aveda Chicago Institute and obtained my esthetician’s license. Read more>>

Amy-Theresa Billups

Creativity was at an all time high and I was like a kid at Disney world! I knew that day makeup was going to be a part of my life forever. From that day forward, word of mouth, marketing via social media and personal communication have paved the way for me. Read more>>

Monica Swope

Learning Dimensions has been offering innovative education solutions to its clients for five years and have been able to steadily grow with a dedicated team of sub-contracted consultants to handle (curriculum design, technical writing, graphic designing services, website maintenance, public relations and copy-editing). Read more>>

Sara Skolaski

As my business grew, I began to get more and more excited. I knew this was going to change my life, I was able to leave my teaching job and hit the road full time. I was able to hire my first employee and best friend, Stephanie, and then a year later, open that brick and mortar, that I had always dreamed of! Read more>>

Colleen Walsh

I am an artist. That is hard to say, because it takes a level of bravery and confidence (that I sometimes lack). Additionally, it sounds like one knows what they are up to and earn a solid income. Read more>>

Stacy Unhold and Melissa Nagode

Being small town girls, who had moved away, and then found their way back home raising their families, we wanted to start a spark in our community. We have a passion for our small but very large-hearted community and wanted to see it back alive. We put our heart and soul into One Eleven Coffee. Read more>>

Stephanie Pearson-Davis

I won’t say the process was without its challenges. Relationships with people who preferred me muted were interrupted. Still, the discovery of me was worth the growing pains. I felt renewed and empowered. Read more>>

Eboni Prince-Currie

My experiences of growing up in Bronzeville and having the opportunity to attend an all-girls Catholic school helped me develop a passion for two things that influenced the brand I helped to create – a desire to inspire others and the value of activating my girl power! Read more>>

Kara Kamienski

I never dreamed of being a wedding photographer. I had always planned on being a teacher – and rightfully, so got my degree in education and taught in the classroom for 10 years. Read more>>

Shashicka Tyre-Hill

Successful and driven to succeed, Shashicka Tyre-Hill should not be here. Her life was no fairytale. As a child, she grew up in an environment where she often witnessed emotional and physical abuse, which soon led her to become a young mother and high school dropout at the age of fifteen. Read more>>

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