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Trailblazers in East LA

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 Trailblazersseries, 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 East LA that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Maya Kaur Batra

I have been musical for as long as I can remember. I have been in the studio recording since the age of 6 and wrote my first song when I was 7 years old. I’m so grateful that my south asian parents went against the norm and supported me doing music. Read more>>

Laura Ferreiro

I’ve always been driven by a desire to tell people’s stories in ways that captivate and hopefully inspire people. It all began with my first newspaper writing assignment in college – about sewage sludge of all things. I interviewed a professor. Read more>>

Katelyn Hempstead

I have always been an attention-seeking little goober, and that brought me from community children’s theatre to college improv to where I am now! Which is writing and performing and podcasting and just kind of general goof-em-ups. Read more>>

Sharon Yu

I am a therapist in Highland Park. I love what I do and the conversations I have with my clients. It’s been a deeply meaningful and pleasantly surprising road getting to run my practice, and this is where I’ll stay for a while. I was born in Taiwan, Taipei, and moved to Vancouver at nine years old. Read more>>

Michelle Blade

I’ve been a visual artist my entire life. Many of my childhood memories are of me, tucked away in a room somewhere, working on art, totally engrossed and in love with the process. In elementary school I took after school classes and in pastels and watercolors. Read more>>

Penny Wild

Hailing originally from the East Coast, I was bitten by the “theatre bug” pretty early on. My best friend from childhood got cast in a Broadway show when we were about twelve years old: my entire dance class went to go see it, and I remember absolutely beaming with joy for her up there on that big Broadway stage. Read more>>

Elisa Wong

I’m a freelance designer & illustrator based in Echo Park. Art has been a pretty influential part of my life for as long as I can remember, especially when it came to dabbling in a bunch of different creative hobbies. I remember my mom used to get frustrated. Read more>>

Giselle Burciaga

I am a 23 year old full time student at California State University, Los Angeles. I grew up in East Los Angeles. I am a Second Generation student. My grandma came to this country from Durango, Mexico in hope for a better life for my mother. Read more>>

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