19

Aminatou Sow

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.

18

Dhaya Lakshminarayanan

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.

17

Joana Carneiro

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.

16

Jessica Sabogal

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.

15

Nayomi Munaweera

Nayomi Munaweera’s experiences with the civil war between the Sinhalese and Tamils serve as the backdrop for her award-winning novels.

14

Sarah Sexton

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.

13

Luna Malbroux

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.

12

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.

11

Jean Melesaine

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.

10

Brittsense

Brittani Sensabaugh, best known by her moniker Brittsense, is an Oakland-based photographer documenting the vibrant lives in forgotten “melanated” neighborhoods.

9

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.

8

Anna Pulley

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.

7

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.

6

Irene Tu

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.

5

Lily Chou

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.

5

Diana Gameros

Singer Diana Gameros creates music inspired by life experiences, from her beginnings in Mexico to her coming of age in America.

5

A-lan Holt

A-lan Holt is a dramatist whose work explores concepts of loneliness, love, and Utopian desires.

5

Ranu Mukherjee

Ranu Mukherjee creates dynamic artworks with layers of photography, paintings and digital imagery.

5

Dana Harris

Fine artist Dana Harris Seeger seeks to bring together arts education, culture and technology in Silicon Valley.

20

Candice Cuoco

Fashion designer Candice Cuoco is taking the fashion world by storm, following her spot as a finalist on Project Runway Season 14..

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.

Women To Watch 14 August,2017KQED Arts

Dhaya Lakshminarayanan

Women to Watch: Dhaya Lakshminarayanan

Joana Carneiro

Women to Watch: Joana Carneiro

Jessica Sabogal

Women to Watch: Jessica Sabogal

Nayomi Munaweera

Women to Watch: Nayomi Munaweera

Sarah Sexton

Women to Watch: Sarah Sexton

Ana Teresa Fernandez

Women to Watch: Ana Teresa Fernandez

Jean Melesaine

Women to Watch: Jean Melesaine

Brittani Sensabaugh / Brittsense

Women to Watch: Brittsense

My-Linh Le

Women to Watch: My-Linh Le

Anna Pulley

Women To Watch: Anna Pulley

Amanda Harris

Women to Watch: Amanda Arkansassy Harris

Irene Tu

Women to Watch: Irene Tu

Women to Watch: Lily Chou

Women to Watch: Diana Gameros