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Trailblazers: Southern Atlanta

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

Sheley Hunt

Traveling and experiencing new cultures is a real passion of mine. However, nothing has enchanted me more than my time in South East Asia. College was done, and a new chapter was opening — a teaching position in Indonesia. Read more>>

Julia Asherman

My earliest and happiest memories are based on childhood play-fantasies of the countryside. I came from a gardening-obsessed family, obsessed through several generations, so the idea of cultivating plants wasn’t strange, more fundamental. Read more>>

Traci Jefferson, J.D.

Atlanta Cheer Academy (ACA) was born January 2017. After years of coaching recreational and middle school cheer, I was ready to create a more intense/competitive style program. I initially provided tumbling classes out of my home. Read more>>

Darnelle Louis-Jacques

I’m 32 and I’m embracing solitude. I am falling in love with who I am artistically by modeling, writing poetry and baking. I’ve been working in a mental hospital for 7 years and I have come to realize that I would love to use the passion I have for the arts to heal myself as well as others. Read more>>

Mo Davis

My start was in “hood” of college park/Godby rd my desire is to finish strong by giving them something to aspire to be. If I can overcome my circumstances so can they! Read more>>

Charmisse Morency (Owens)

I learned that the best way to sell a book is to talk, which is my passion. I can literally talk about anything to pretty much anyone. So I started emailing different schools and organizations in my area to see if I could come speak to their students. Read more>>

Rae Smith

I started my business September 1st of 2017. I had been working in the service industry for about 10 years and was feeling stagnant. I was desperately seeking a change in my life and the motivation was there physically to do so. Read more>>

L’Erin Barnes Wiggins

I was quite the talkative and argumentative child. I was told consistently that I would make a good lawyer and it stuck. I knew that becoming a lawyer and eventually a United States Supreme Court Justice was in my future. And every step and decision I took from that day forward was to get me closer to that goal until… Read more>>

Tiffiany Johnson

As many others did, I myself started doing hair at an early age. At 5 years old I can say there was something in me that was attracted to doing hair. Funny thing, there I was playing hairdresser with my friend and I decided to cut one of my ponytails off. Read more>>

Basu Aisha Ra

Peace greetings the journey of Aisha Ra Curry began when her life took a turn dramatically. There was a tragic incident in my family. My mother had transition from a natural cause. To me I asked a question what is natural, is it your time to go what is the underlying issue? Read more>>

Emily L. Foley

I started my career straight out of college as a freelance writer for magazines, covering all things lifestyle. I had a brief stint as an editor at Jezebel Magazine, but even that was a freelance position. Read more>>

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