This space salutes Patriots and Pathfinders, the Bold and Unbossed whose contributions transcend the act of casting a ballot. Celebrated and unknown, they are women warriors who have joined the ancestors or are still alive making their mark today. They’ve toiled in the vineyards of “women’s work”– collaborative, intersectional change agents, sewing common threads of heart and valor.

Thank you SiStars! You light our path, giving hope for the ages.

Patriots and Pathfinders

Young Bessie Coleman, daughter of sharecropper parents of African and Cherokee descent, found distractions from her toil in the Texas cottonfields.
Black Paris in the 1920's was deeply divided by language, culture and ideology. Intellectual Paulette Nardal helped to close the gulf.
The 1960's whirlwind of change brought a new form of LGBTQ activism, led by Marsha P. Johnson and other transwomen who made a lasting imprint on the movement.
Sharon Richardson is cheffing community and causes in her kitchen to flip the narrative on the lives of formerly incarcerated women.
No matter how low Trump’s approval ratings sink, Sayu Bhojwani stays focused on other measures, insisting it’s detrimental to conclude he’ll go down in wholesale voter rejection.
Denise Rolark-Barnes acknowledges that print journalism was her first love but confesses to quietly stoking another passion that was less toil than running a weekly newspaper.