41 Herstory Makers to check out for IWD 2021

Updated: Oct 4

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.

Check out Bottleshot Brew at https://bottleshotbrew.com/. Follow them @bottleshotbrew on Instagram.

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.

Check out The Chef Charette at http://thechefcharette.com/. Follow Lillian @thechefcharette on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter.

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."

Check our Farm and Fig catering at https://www.farmandfigcatering.com/#/. Follow Michelle @farmandfig on Instagram and Facebook.

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.

Check out Atelier Roshi at https://www.atelierroshi.com/. Follow Roshi @canvasbyroshi on Instagram.

Kate Prior

Kate is an illustrator who creates colorful, comical illustrations. Her work has been featured in Urban Outfitters, Bon Appetit, Google, and more.

See more of Kate’s work at http://kateprior.com/. Follow Kate @prioor on Instagram.

Bisa Butler

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.

Learn more about Bisa at https://www.bisabutler.com/. Follow Bisa @bisabutler

On Instagram and @bisabutlerfineart on Facebook.

Ofelia Esparza

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.

Learn more about Ofelia at https://actaonline.org/profile/ofelia-esparza/. Follow her @ofrenda1 on Instagram.

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.

Learn more about B. Dunn Movement at https://www.bdunnmovement.com/. Follow Bridgette @bdunnmovement on Instagram and Facebook.

Whitney Janis

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.

To learn more about Whitney at https://www.whitneyjanis.com/. Follow her @flexedfeet on Instagram.

Madison Shelpuk

Madison is a freelance director and choreographer based in LA. She has worked with the likes of Levis and Universal Music Group.

To learn more about Madison, check out her Youtube Channel. Follow her @madishelpuk on Instagram.

Kyreeana Breelin

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.”

To keep up to date with Stacy follow her @stacey_haught on Instagram and @author.stacey.e.haught on Facebook.

Megan Nolan

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.

To learn more about Megan check out her website at http://megannolan.org/. To keep up to date with her, follow her @mmegannolan on Instagram and Twitter.

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.

You can check out her work at thisisyourbestyear.com. Follow Maricia @thisisyourbestyear on Instagram and Facebook and @MariciaJohns on Twitter.

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.

You can learn more about Jana at https://www.janalairdphillips.com/ and visit her blog at https://www.houstonhipandhaute.com/. Keep up to date with her @authorjlphillips on