In the days leading up to Women’s History Month, I noticed a particular rumbling on Twitter. Though there’s normally some digital brouhaha surrounding everything from impending think pieces to glorious memes, this year, the tone felt slightly different. There were constant reminders, voices piping in one after another, saying, “please, include all women.”
Each tweet I saw echoing the same sentiment burrowed into my core a little more, and I thought about this: the idea of the forgotten, and how many forms it can take. I wondered how much I was unaware of and decided to turn that questioning into a Twitter project that would help inform others, but also be a journey of self-education. Searching in every specialty creative and technical corner, from audio engineering to tattooing, I sought the stories of the lesser-known with the intent of providing a biography each day for a selected trailblazer. What I found was greater than I ever expected. From WondaGurl, the 20-year-old producer behind some of radio’s biggest hits, to Sandra Fabara, the first lady of graffiti, these figures are astounding, inspirational, and powerful. Below, seven selected stories from the ongoing series—read on and follow the thread on Twitter.