More inspiring women of 2018
Toronto is full of outstanding women who are blazing new trails. Here are a few more.
Toronto Furies player Jessica Platt became the first openly transgender woman to play in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League in January of this year. She hopes to help other transgender athletes feel comfortable with who they are.
Saadia Muzaffar is a tech entrepreneur and advocate for the prosperity of women in STEM areas. She is the founder of TechGirls Canada and an ambassador for GEM, a mentorship program for high school girls facing socio-economic barriers.
When Drake dropped the video for “God’s Plan,” his music video director Karena Evans was pushed into the spotlight. She has since directed his videos for “Nice for What,” “I’m Upset” and “In My Feelings,” and she’s not slowing down.
One of Canada’s most celebrated hockey players, Hayley Wickenheiser is breaking down barriers on and off the ice. After retiring as a player last year, she was named assistant director of player development for the Leafs in August.
At age 79, Osra Lindo is showing everyone that it’s never too late to pursue further education. The grandmother graduated from York University this year with a degree in gender, sexuality and women’s studies after 52 years in the workforce.
Toronto-based First Nation fashion designer Lesley Hampton is known for promoting inclusivity and body diversity in her collections. In an industry that so often focuses on unrealistic beauty standards, Hampton is changing the game.
Weyni Mengesha, the Dora Award–winning director of Kim’s Convenience and Da Kink in My Hair, was named Soulpepper’s new artistic director in October. She’ll be coming home to T.O. from L.A. to start her new role this January.