by Victor Simoes
From March 7 to May 12 the Onyx Fine Arts Collective celebrates Black women artists with “Embrace Equity.” The 48 works by 28 artists not only celebrate artistic excellence but create a discussion on equity and equality. It is the first gallery opening for many of these artists, whose artwork includes paintings and mixed-media compositions that incorporate collage and textile work into the canvas.
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by Lauryn Bray
On Saturday, March 25, the KD Hall Foundation, a nonprofit organization for women and girls, will be holding an all-girl conference, for girls ages 11 to 17, to celebrate Women’s History Month. Rising Together: Advancing Pay Equity and Leadership Opportunities for Women and Girls will be about educating members of the Girls on the Rise (GOTR) program about pay equity and opportunity gaps, as well as to get more girls involved with GOTR. The Foundation’s annual conferences are an integral part of its goal to educate, mentor, and support young girls to become leaders and change-makers in their communities. The girls will hear from several distinguished guests, like Seattle Storm Community Relations Director and retired WNBA player Crystal Langhorne, and will be invited to participate in workshops centered around leadership, confidence building, entrepreneurship, and networking.
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by Amanda Ong
As we come upon the close of International Women’s Month, we at the Emerald feel indebted to recognize three women who have been integral to the growth of our values and success. In the last eight years, the Emerald has come so far, and we know we could never have done it without so many of the amazing women on our team. But Cynthia “Mama” Green, Bridgette Hempstead, and Devin Chicras in particular deserve special recognition for their contributions. Green, Hempstead, and Chicras have been with us from day one, and we appreciate them beyond words.
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by Nura Ahmed
Rahma Rashid started the Muslimahs Against Abuse Center (MAAC) because she knew how hard it was for women in her community to find what they needed when dealing with domestic violence.
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by Carmen Rojas, Ph.D.
“There is nothing inevitable about the current ways in which wealth, power, and life chances are distributed. We could just as easily imagine a new way of doing things that gives more people a chance to survive and thrive.”
This powerful quote from University of Washington assistant law professor Angélica Cházaro serves as a reminder that building a just economy and a multiracial democracy is not a wild ambition. As the president and CEO of the Seattle-based Marguerite Casey Foundation (MCF), one of the most rewarding parts of my job is supporting women like Cházaro. She is a 2021 Freedom Scholar and a person who has left an indelible mark in her field by working at the intersection of community organizing and legal scholarship.
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by Amanda Ong
Lynda Greene, executive director of the SouthEast Seattle Senior Center (SESSC), has handled everything from flooded toilets to busted heating systems. She even knows how to repair the sole of a shoe with tape. Greene never meant to stay so long — she was hired as an interim executive director and soon after taken on as the permanent executive director of the center. At the time, she believed she would stay for two to three years. Now, 13 years later, she is stepping down at the end of this year.
Continue reading Departing Executive Director Reflects on Her Time at SouthEast Seattle Senior Center
We asked you for women who’ve inspired you and you responded. Here’s the final part of our ongoing series celebrating women in our community. Read tributes below to some of the amazing women we know and for past tributes, visit southseattleemerald.com/tag/celebrating-women-in-our-lives.
Continue reading Celebrating Women in Our Lives — Part 3
by Amanda Ong
When Chef Melissa Miranda was younger and working as a sous-chef at French and Italian restaurants, she never thought an upscale Filipino restaurant would be a possibility. Miranda studied sociology; attended culinary school in Florence, Italy; and worked in restaurants in New York City before coming back home to Seattle, where she had the opportunity she never imagined: She founded Musang, an upscale Filipino restaurant that began as a pop-up in 2016 before becoming a full-fledged restaurant in Beacon Hill in 2020. Today, Musang’s success has earned Miranda major notoriety: She’s a James Beard Award semifinalist for best chef, Northwest and Pacific.
Continue reading Chef Melissa Miranda of Musang Nourishes Community Stories Through Food
We asked you for women who’ve inspired you and you responded. Here’s the second part of our ongoing series celebrating women in our community. Read tributes below to some of the amazing women we know. Submit your own entry for next Monday’s publication.
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by Maggie Mertens
From the absurd to the terrifying, the most recent stories about the WNBA paint a dire need for change in the league.
Thanks to reporting from Howard Megdal published in Sports Illustrated last week, we now know that New York Liberty owners Joe Wu Tsai, a billionaire cofounder of the Chinese company Alibaba, and his wife, Clara, got sick and tired of their players having to fly commercial and nearly missing games to do so — so they did something about it.
Continue reading OPINION: WNBA Troubles, Public Outrage Show Need for Investment & Growth