About two years ago, we began to put the vision together for EASTside Magazine and crafting it into what we wanted it to be. We came across story after story of incredible women doing some phenomenal things: women investing in others, building a community of creatives, non-profit pros, leaders, inventors, and change-makers. Their stories seemed to be told with a greater love for others and an unmatchable passion. We came to the realization rather quickly that we needed to do a special edition to showcase some of the strong and inspirational women who have been (and still are) instrumental in this community. For decades, they’ve been making a difference in the lives of many, and it’s time to give them the recognition and praise they deserve.