Tag Archives: Women’s History Month

Celebrating International Women’s Month With the Women of the ‘Emerald’

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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Rahma Rashid Wants to Change the Narrative Around Abuse in Muslim Communities

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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OPINION: The 2 Seattle Freedom Scholars You Need to Know

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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Departing Executive Director Reflects on Her Time at SouthEast Seattle Senior Center

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. 

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Celebrating Women in Our Lives — Part 3


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.

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Chef Melissa Miranda of Musang Nourishes Community Stories Through Food

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.

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Celebrating Women in Our Lives — Part 2


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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OPINION: WNBA Troubles, Public Outrage Show Need for Investment & Growth

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. 

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The Morning Update Show — 3/1

The Morning Update Show — hosted by Trae Holiday and The Big O (Omari Salisbury) — is the only weekday news and information livestream that delivers culturally relevant content to the Pacific Northwest’s urban audience. Omari and Trae analyze the day’s local and national headlines as well as melanin magic in our community. Watch live every weekday at 11 a.m. on any of the following channels, hosted by Converge Media: YouTube, Twitch, Facebook, Periscope, and whereweconverge.com.

We also post the Morning Update Show here on the Emerald each day after it airs, so you can catch up any time of day while you peruse our latest posts.

Morning Update Show — March 1

Rainier Beach Basketball and the WIAA | LIVE — John Arnold of Vertical Life | Yusuf Abdikadir, student Rainier Beach High School | Are Our Youth Being Taken Advantage of by the WIAA? | March is Women’s History Month

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