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Trailblazers: Tucson

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 Trailblazers series, 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 Tucson that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Amneris Maurás Estolano

Growing up, people always told me to find a job that doesn’t feel like work. I’ve worked for a number of different industries like retail and banking. Every job I’ve had, I never felt like, “Oh Yay! I’m going to work today to create something beautiful.” I remember wondering to myself if that even exists, or if I will ever find a job that makes me love what I do. Read More >>

Catie Fisher

As a kid, seventh grader to be specific, I used to take tweezers to school. At lunch times, (and even sometimes in class!) I would do people’s brows. This continued all through high school and I even had neighborhood kids come over to my house asking me to do their eyebrows. Read More >>

Christina Buck

I grew up in Glendale – born and raised – with a passion for animals and photography. My grandfather gifted me a film Canon camera when I was about nine, and I went everywhere with it! In high school, I took my first digital photography class and eventually was also gifted a new DSLR. Read More >>

Steff Koeppen

I started this project eight years ago in Tucson (I am the vocalist, pianist and songwriter). I recorded my first demos with a friend in Mesa during the summer of 2009, then played my first shows in downtown Phoenix that same year. I put together a more steady full band shortly after that. Ever since, the band has been just as active in the Phoenix music scene as it has in our hometown of Tucson, Arizona. We’ve toured the West Coast, Southwest region, and Sonora, Mexico three times. Read More >>

Dominique Martinez

Photography was always something I was interested in when growing up. One of my very first cameras was a pink and purple 35mm flash camera with a Bratz doll on it which my mother had bought me when I was five or six years old. I wanted to be the one in the family who was in charge of the camera taking photographs of our precious moments at birthday parties or at home spending time with each other. Read More >>

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