Mari Kaasinen

Her group Varttina, with roots reaching back to her toddler days, is now garnering an international reputation for its unique blend of contemporary folk music and Karelian and Finno-Ugric “runo songs.” When she’s not performing, she’s teaching and passing on regional musical traditions to local kids.

Coordinates: Finland

Saba Kidane

Poet, activist, journalist and former soldier, Saba Kidane soothes war wounds with her lyrical verses.

Coordinates: Eritrea

courtesy of Irja Halasz

Irja Halasz

This journalist seeks those hard-to-get-into places…

Coordinates: Mongolia

courtesy of Women Welcome Women World Wide

Frances Alexander

A seemingly innocent airport revelation got her to thinking about a world-wide network for traveling women…

Coordinates: United Kingdom

courtesy of Leah Kohlenberg

Grace Ma

Amazing Grace is a Hong Kong hostess serving up art and politics to locals and gweilos alike.

Coordinates: China



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