We couldn’t help but notice, today’s trending Twitter hashtag is #WomenRule and we are totally on-board!

Here are a couple of examples of women we’ve met who we thought should be in the spotlight, today and every day!

The Resilient Souls Project

The Resilient Souls Project is a powerful photo and literary exhibit celebrating the individual strength of women. This exhibit curated by photographer Cathy Lander-Goldberg explores women’s stories of perseverance through essays written 20 years ago, as well as their present day.

Humans of St. Louis

Every human being has his or her own story to tell and each week Humans of St. Louis takes to the streets, with camera in hand to find these storytellers.

Bloom

Meet St. Louis singer-songwriter, Bloom. Growing up in a musical family, she started out as a jazz singer. But, as her name implies, Bloom has evolved into a different kind of artist. Finding inspiration in many artists and genres, she doesn’t want her music to be categorized – but if she has to label it, she calls it, “abstract.” A relative newcomer to the St. Louis music scene, her broad appeal was almost instant when her first single, “Raindrops” received over 53,000 plays in its first month. And she is not slowing down a bit!

Rise Collaborative 

Shared workspaces are a growing trend in St. Louis. Two local women hope their space in Clayton meets an untapped need. They’re targeting both start-up and established businesswomen who want a home base with office amenities and camaraderie. Rise Collaborative Workspace has already attracted a number of women from a wide variety of fields. It includes programming such as financial planning, yoga and a book club. Next, the founders hope to expand their impact to young women in high school and college through a mentorship program.

Prom Dresses for All

Talented seamstress and Busy Bee Alterations Shop & Shoe Repairs owner, Maria Mathias is featured in this Impact story. Born & raised in Panama City, Panama, Maria and her son immigrated to the U.S. in 1986 to provide her family a better life. What she didn’t know then was that she would become a shining light on so many. Never having attended a Prom herself, she was inspired to help those who can’t afford to buy Prom dresses and she not only loans out beautiful and contemporary formals for free to students in need, but she also provides free alternations as well. This is Maria’s story, “Making Dreams Come True: Prom Dresses for All.”

STL Veg Girl

After cancer hit her family Caryn Dugan knew she had to be pro-active & find out why! From tragedy sparked new life in the form of “STL Veg Girl”. A serial microwaver turned into a plant based chef who became a woman on a mission to get a plant on every plate!

TinySuperheroes

TinySuperheroes is a local superhero cape company with a big mission to empower kids as they overcome illness or disability and educate all kids about how their differences make them extraordinary.

The Covering House: Human Sex Trafficking

Human sex trafficking is one of the most heinous crimes against humanity. In the United States, it has increasingly become a major burden for children and teens. In this segment, we’ll examine the issue. We’ll take a look at statistics; ways to protect children and how a St. Louis agency is working to free children and teens from the bondage of sex trafficking.

Operation Shower

Operation Shower is a non-profit organization started in St. Louis which hosts baby showers for military families across the country.

Have a strong woman who you want to honor? Email a description and photo to christina@hectv.org to be mentioned on our Facebook Page!

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Date: April 18, 2015 Time: 10:00am