41 Herstory Makers to check out for IWD 2021
At Toastee, we are able to find amazing people because of the wonderful community. When putting together our Herstory issue, we had tons of recommendations from our supporters and from our contributors. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to feature everyone. Still, we wanted to make space and show support for their achievements.
Thus in honor of International Women’s Day, we have put together a list of 41 Herstory makers to check out. These women are doing incredible things and making the world better in their sphere.
Let us know in the comments, what other women we should add to this list!
Annie Mitchell - Bottleshot Brew
Annie is a co-founder of Bottleshot Brew, a cold brew coffee company paying homage to her New Orleans roots ethically. They use Rainforest Alliance certified beans, partnered with Urban Mushroom to repurpose their leftover grounds and package their cold brew in recycled aluminum cans.
Lillian L. Yang - The Chef Charette
Lillian is a chefitect, who frustrated with the language barriers while living in Tokyo launched her food blog with simple diagrams accompanying her delicious and beautiful recipes, ensuring anyone can pick up her recipes regardless of a language barrier.
Michelle Doud - Farm and Fig Catering
Michelle has an enduring story about her "farm to table" passion. She grows most of what she feeds her family and most recipes are custom made from her ability to throw into the mixing bowl, "a little of this and a little of that."
Anne Keller and Jen Zeuner - The Hot Tomato
Featured in the short document, Life of Pie, Anne and Jen started The Hot Tomato in Fruita, Colorado, a mountain biking paradise. Their pizza shop has become a mainstay for the local residents and the mountain biking community coming in and out of Fruita.
Learn more about Anne and Jen and watch the Life of Pie documentary on Patagonia Films. You can check out The Hot Tomato at https://www.hottomatopizza.com/. Follow Anne and Jen @thehottomatopizza on Instagram and Facebook.
Roshanak “Roshi” Khalilian
Roshi is a visual artist and founder of Atelier Roshi. Her works often evoke contrasting and even conflicting feelings and experiences: hope and death, wealth and poverty, joy and sadness. At Atelier Roshi, she displays her work as well as offering classes and a boutique.
Kate is an illustrator who creates colorful, comical illustrations. Her work has been featured in Urban Outfitters, Bon Appetit, Google, and more.
Bisa is an artist whose works tell the African American side of American History. Her subjects are African Americans from ordinary walks of life who may have sat for a formal family portrait or may have been documented by a passing photographer. Bisa’s work has been featured in galleries throughout the US.
On Instagram and @bisabutlerfineart on Facebook.
Ofelia is a sixth-generation altar artist from East LA. Her work is informed by a deep spiritual belief in the traditional process, which pays homage and evokes the memory of people, events, or places through multilevel structures embellished with photos, traditional foods, flowers, and handmade and found adornments.
Dancers and Choreographers
Brigette Dunn-Korpela - B. Dunn Movement
Bridgette is the founder and Artistic Director of B. Dunn Movement, a performance art company based in LA. She is a choreographer, performer, and educator. Through dance, she calls upon ancestral memory and ritual to understand the cultural and personal narratives that reside inside her being.
Whitney is a fantastic dancer and teacher who cares deeply about technique, form, and freedom of expression. She has danced and toured around the world, and now offers virtual classes.
Madison is a freelance director and choreographer based in LA. She has worked with the likes of Levis and Universal Music Group.
Kyreeana is a tap dancer and choreographer and member of the Dance Faculty at the California School of Arts. Her works have been showcased at the New World Center, Los Angeles Theatre Center, The Curtis Theater, and most recently at REDCAT.
Keep up to date with Kyreeana by following her @kyreekeys on Instagram.
Stacy E. Haught
Stacy is an actor turned writer. She was an acting instructor and film coach for over 14 years. Now, Stacy is the Editor in Chief of the St. Petian magazine and is writing her debut novel “Good Hope.”
Megan is an Irish writer based in London. She has written for The Guardian, The New Statesmen, and The New York Times to name a few. Her new book Acts of Desperation came out in March this year and is a #1 bestseller.
Maricia Jones - This is Your Best Year
Maricia is a writer and founder of the blog This is Your Best Year. She writes about things that pertain to women who have reached a certain age, or who plan to reach a certain age. She also writes for the Ft. Worth Black News.
Jana Laird Philips
Jana is a blogger and international bestselling author of Power Lies. She founded the Houston Hip & Haute blog sharing all things Houston.
Dr. Lawanda Hill
Dr. Hill is the owner of Hill Psychological and Consultation Services, and a full-time psychologist at Stanford University where she is the lead clinician and strategist for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives at the Counseling and Psychological Services Center.
Xochil Renton, PA-C
Xochil is a certified Physician Assistant and health expert. After working in primary care for 4 years, she transitioned to cosmetic dermatology and is at Faciel Skin in Pasadena. She is most interested in the connection between exercise and skin health.
To keep up to date with Xochil, follow her @xo.healthy on Instagram.
Dr. April Givens
Dr. Given is a licensed psychotherapist, consultant, life coach, co-host of The Chamber Talk Show, and president of the Urban Counselling Clique, a nonprofit organization established to combat the continued need for counseling services for youth and their families.
Jessica R. Metcalfe - Beyond Buckskin
Jessica of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa launched Beyond Buckskin to showcase and promote North America’s first artists and designers. Beyond Buckskins have grown into a boutique where visitors and purchase beautiful fashion pieces by indigenous artists and designers.
Aliza Nathoo - 6.26.4 Studio
Aliza founded and owns 6.26.4 Studio, a contemporary leather accessories brand based in London. From clutches to scarves and phone cases, her brand reflects art through fashion.
Hanna Boror-Padilla - Sotela
Hanna is the founder and designer behind Sotela, a size-inclusive, ethical, and sustainable fashion brand. Through Sotela, Hanna creates wardrobe staples to help her clients restore their relationship with clothing and celebrate the strength and resilience of your body.
Alexa D’Amico - The Days Swimwear
Alexa is the CEO and designer of The Days Swimwear, a collection of consciously curated styles. Alexas designs her clothes ethically and sustainably, such as reusing nylon waste and working with ethical manufacturers.
Jess Sternberg - Free Label
Jess founded Free Label in 2015 to create beautiful, comfortable, and sustainably focused clothing in a system where everyone gets paid fairly. Her clothes include inclusive sizing, ethical manufacturing, and sustainable materials along with highlighting BIPOC owned businesses.
Stylists and Influencers
Micheila Leighland - Styleteria
With a year of design experience, Micheila launched her style consultant Styleteria. There she takes a 360 approach to style, going beyond just how one looks.
Learn more at https://thestyleteria.com/.
Roxanne Carne - Personal Stylist and founder of RC Style Collective
A Texas-based stylist, Roxanne helps everyone define their personal style that works for their unique body. She also founded the RC Style Collective to create a community focusing on helping women unlock their personal style in a safe community.
Jhanneu - Sustainaibiity Influencer, Consultant and Blogger
Jhanneu has developed a platform around making sustainability and low waster living can be accessible and inclusive to all people.
Marielle Elizabeth - Plus Size and Slow Fashion Influencer
Marielle celebrates plus-size bodies as a model, influencer, and photographer and showcases beautiful slow fashion. Additionally, she’s also a blogger and actress.
Kalika Davis - Salon Tallou
Kalika is the founder of Salon Tallou and co-founder of the Native Women Lead. Salon Tallou is a vibrant, holistic hair salon and wellness center that celebrate natural beauty, natural products and natural culture.
Bethanie is a master colorist, hairstylist, and owner of her salon Bethanie Brewer Salon in Fort Worth, TX. Her work goes beyond the salon chair to include empowering her clients, being their cheerleaders, and lifting them up through their struggles.
Bee is the CEO of A New Chi Salon & Spa, Master Colorist and Hairstylist. Bee’s salon specialized in hair care, hair design, and skin care to create an oasis for their clients.
India Henderson - Canvas Makeup Artistry
India is a Makeup Artist and owner of Canvas Makeup Artistry. She is truly dedicated to making women feel their absolute best selves by enhancing their natural beauty. She also provides Final Resting Makeup to help families part with loved ones.
Tara Atkinson - Yoga Instructor
Tara is a yoga teacher and founder of The Mindful Different. Tara takes the time to get to know and connect with each student, so the practice they create is unique and tailored to address the physical, mental and emotional needs of each student.
Jacquie Patton - Healing With the Light
Jacquie is a Life Coach, Artist, and Energy Healer. She has more than 15 years’ experience in career counseling, cross-cultural adaptation, and personal/professional development.
Sophie Frabotta - Awaken Life Coaching
Sophie is The Soul Whisperer. She is a certified Spiritual Life Coach, a Meditation Teacher, a Sound Bowl Healer, and author of The Continuous Appetite. She is dedicated to teaching people how to do deep Spiritual healing work.
Janette Fennell - KidsAndCars.org
Janette is the Founder and President of KidsAndCars.org, the only national nonprofit child safety organization that is solely dedicated to preventing injuries and deaths of children in and around vehicles. She was on NPR and StoryCorp on how a family abduction inspired her to start her vehicle safety activism.
Erin Prather Stafford - Girls That Create
Erin founded Girls That Create, an online platform that supports the parents and caregivers of creative girls. Girls That Create believes arts set culture and to address gender imbalances, women must have a seat at decision-making tables as creators and leaders.
Stacey Magovern - Point Blank Safety and Blue Family Fund
Stacey went from Police wife to running a multi-million dollar company, Point Blank Safety, that employs Police officers as security personnel. She also started the nonprofit Blue Family Fund to provide scholarships and financial aid to families of first responders.
Jodi founded Ready-Set-Start allows teachers to shop its inventory to create a list of school supplies for the new school year where students can shop in one place. Through their Give Back Program, Ready-Set-Start hopes to provide community schools the extra funding necessary to service their students and meet their educational goals.
Adriana Cabanas - Zatorie
Adriana founded Zatorie, a luxury acrylic invitation company. Adriana makes beautiful invitations, menus, and save the date cards that guests will be keeping as a fond memento.
Lindsay Scherr Burgess - Green Wall Scapes
Lindsay is the founder of Green Wallscapes, creating large scale green walls for homes or offices. Her all woman team create beautiful indoor green walls, moss art, moss logos, and moss lettering from real and faux moss.
Sahara Wright - The Wright Lawyer
Sahara started her own law firm The Wright Lawyer, PLLC, a boutique business and nonprofit law firm founded to provide legal services and business strategy advice to small to medium-sized corporate and nonprofit organizations.
Dana Hewling - b.ID Creative
Dana is a Branding Specialist and the founder and director of b.ID Creative, an award-winning branding, marketing, and design agency. Dana is also a speaker on topics including Branding, Identity & Design, Diversity & Inclusion in Marketing/Advertising, Entrepreneurship, or Building Remarkable Brands.
These shoutouts come from the community, our contributors, and our partners! If there is someone we should add to the list, drop us a note in the comments!