This month, Maine Women profiles 15 women 35 and under, whom we are calling emerging leaders. They are artists, educators, lawyers, entrepreneurs, social activists and more.
Reporter Melissa Wood, who is also a member of the 35-andunder group, spent the past few weeks interviewing the women and writing all the profiles.
“They are really inspiring to talk to,” she said after she finished her assignment. “They are all just really nice people. And it’s kind of amazing the positions they’ve taken on at such a young age.”
A common theme among many of the women is their involvement in the community.
“That really struck me,” said Wood. “They’ve expanded their own networks and knowledge by becoming more involved in their communities. They all talked about how that helped them.”
Another common element: They’re high achievers and passionate about what they do.
Comments by 20-year-old chef Lindsay Bradeen, talking about working for a South Portland catering company, are typical: “I busted my butt. I’d always have leftover time and I’d say, hey, can I do something else? I became really, really interested in the craft.”
“They don’t think about things that are going to hold them back,” said Wood. “They are fearless. When they see a need for something, they create it.”
One thing is for sure. There’s no need to worry when the baby boomers fi nally release their grasp on society. Things will be in good hands – good, female hands.
– Jane P. Lord
P.S. Be sure to read comic Bob Marley’s guest column for something completely different!
Portland singer-songwriter Aly Spaltro, 20, who performs as Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, is one of 15 emerging leaders profi led in this issue of Maine Women.