Category Archives: Read

Staying Home—Not by Choice

Most of us are staying home these days, and there’s no doubt it’s affecting our mental health. One Rochester woman has been at home for the past couple of years, and it wasn’t because she wanted to be. Thank you to Anne Scherer who shares some of her very personal thoughts and tips for what works for her here.

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Corona Hair Don’t Care

But if YOU care, check out this article written by local stylist, Jessica Amos, owner of Hair Studio 52, who shares tips and tricks for what to do without your stylist for the foreseeable future.

Ahhhh, spring… Ugh, coronacation! How do you survive without your hairdresser during a pandemic? This is a serious question for many. Along with many businesses having to close during the COVID-19 pandemic, salon services had to come to a screeching halt in efforts to stay socially responsible to help prevent the spread of this virus. Continue reading


Local author and teacher, Kelly Olson, launches her first in a series of youth empowerment fictional books.

By Maka Boeve

Maddie, the young heroine of Chill Out & Stop Making This Weird: A Girl’s Survival Guide Extraordinaire, is ready to take on the challenges of life changes. She is in her ‘tween years with a changing body, raging hormones, and worst of all, none of her friends are talking about it. There are so many questions, yet no manual.   

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LAIDEE P: Living As I Desire, Entertaining Everyone Positively

By Rosei Skipper 
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Jas Tastik’s biggest piece of advice for aspiring creatives?  “Just keep going. Never listen to the people who tell you no. And a thousand people will.” 
Growing up in Rochester, aspiring to be a hip-hop artist, DJ or actress wasn’t exactly normal. But for Tastik (who’s known professionally as artist LaidEe P), music and performing have been her passions for as long as she can remember. Continue reading

Building Longer Tables

Happy 20th birthday to Rochester Women Magazine! Thank you to all the readers and advertisers who have supported this publication over the years. As a newbie, I am slowly, but surely, learning the history (or “herstory”) of the magazine. As March is Women’s History Month, enjoy learning about the History Center of Olmsted County’s monthly leadership circle (p. 42). Also, happy International Women’s Day on March 8! To celebrate, we hear from four local women of diverse backgrounds in their native languages (p. 11).  Continue reading

International Women’s Day

An equal world is an enabled world
By Eva Cruz Peña

March 8 is International Women’s Day. The theme for this year’s campaign is #eachforequal. We asked four Rochester women of diverse nationalities to reflect on the phrase, “An equal world is an enabled world,” and to share their responses in their native languages.

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A Regional Round-Up of Women Authors
By Gina Dewink

Dream Eater
Koi Pierce dreams other peoples’ dreams. Any skin-to-skin contact transfers flashes of that person’s most intense dreams. It’s enough to make anyone a hermit. Her father who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, a dream fragment from the brush of a professor’s hand and a mysterious stranger who speaks a rare but familiar Japanese dialect will force Koi to learn to trust the help of others, as well as face the truth about herself. Continue reading

Off to the Unknown

An Immigration Story
By Yusra Hassan

Sudan was all my parents knew. They grew up and went to school there, and their families lived there. After they got married, they knew they would start a family. Sudan lacked good health care, and education was expensive. Life wasn’t the safest for children. Continue reading

Diversity vs. Inclusion

Why it’s important to understand the difference
By Eva Cruz Peña

According to social justice facilitator Meg Bolger, diversity is the presence of differences in a given setting, and diversity exists in relationship to others. These differences often fall into social categories such as race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexuality, socio-economic status, nationality and citizenship, veteran and parental status, body size, ability, age and experience. Diversity is experienced via the five senses and pertains to the quantity of differences. Continue reading

Rethinking Gender

Thinking outside of the binary for our definition of women
By TL Jordan, MSc (They/Them)

Working as a barista means that I am constantly interacting with people, whether that is taking coffee orders, recommending my favorite spots around town or listening to customers talk about their days.  That also means that I spend a lot of time correcting my pronouns (I use “they/them” and am often assumed to use “she/her”) and explaining that I do not go by “Miss” because I am not a woman, but nonbinary. Continue reading