As co-host of the podcast Call Your Girlfriend and one of Forbes’ “30 Under 30 in Tech”, part-time San Franciscan Aminatou Sow is nothing short of a digital powerhouse.
Once a Silicon Valley venture capitalist, Dhaya Lakshminarayanan took an unlikely turn toward a career in stand-up comedy that’s taken her all over the country.
Orchestral conductor Joana Carneiro is a prominent, part-time resident of the Bay Area, having worked with such greats as the English National Opera, composer John Adams and director Peter Sellars.
Armed with stencils and a spray can, graffiti artist Jessica Sabogal creates larger-than-life murals that serve as tribute to women and womanhood in all shapes and forms.
Nayomi Munaweera’s experiences with the civil war between the Sinhalese and Tamils serve as the backdrop for her award-winning novels.
Go to an indie music concert, listen to a record, and you won’t see or hear Sarah Sexton — but chances are she’s the woman behind the scenes who made it happen.
Meet Luna: a diversity consultant by day, a comedian by night, an app creator sometime in between, and also potentially the love child of Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey.
Ana Teresa Fernandez
Ana Teresa Fernandez is a Mexican-born artist currently living and working in San Francisco bringing to life important global issues through her work.
As a queer Samoan American community activist and documentary photographer, Jean Melesaine’s cameras shed light on the unheard and the unseen in the Bay Area.
Brittani Sensabaugh, best known by her moniker Brittsense, is an Oakland-based photographer documenting the vibrant lives in forgotten “melanated” neighborhoods.
My Linh Le
Oakland-based dancer My-Linh Le takes turf dancing, ballet and poetry and weaves them together in her typical fashion: with passion, love and delight in the unexpected.
Oakland writer Anna Pulley teases out the universal threads that make us human: our weaknesses, our funny parts, and our endearing (and not so endearing) peculiarities.
Amanda Arkansassy Harris
Amanda Arkansassy Harris, a self-proclaimed “queer high femme charmer from the South,” aims to foster safe and creative spaces for marginalized communities through her strikingly intimate photographs.
Stand-up comic Irene Tu and her Hysteria Comedy Open Mic Nights seek to provide a safe space where women and queer comics could build material and community.
Lily Chou has braved mosh pits and thoughtless stage divers to take some of the best photos to come out of the Bay Area’s underground music scene.
Singer Diana Gameros creates music inspired by life experiences, from her beginnings in Mexico to her coming of age in America.
A-lan Holt is a dramatist whose work explores concepts of loneliness, love, and Utopian desires.
Ranu Mukherjee creates dynamic artworks with layers of photography, paintings and digital imagery.
Fine artist Dana Harris Seeger seeks to bring together arts education, culture and technology in Silicon Valley.
Welcome to KQED Arts’ Women to Watch, a series celebrating 20 local women artists, creatives and makers who are pushing boundaries in 2016. Driven by passion for their own disciplines, from photography to comedy and every other medium in between, these women are true vanguards paving the way in their respective communities.