SEEN Managing Editor Stephanie Steinberg talks about the May Women’s Issue and why the magazine is hosting Women SEEN: Making an Impact on May 11.
By Stephanie Steinberg
It is my honor and pleasure to introduce you to SEEN’s inaugural Women’s Issue. In this issue, we have highlighted empowering women in Metro Detroit who are paving the way for other women, making change and starting conversations.
For example, Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, who presided over the historic trial of Larry Nassar, has started a nationwide movement to support sexual assault survivors. During our photo shoot, she scrolled through her phone, showing me hundreds of people who’ve messaged her to say “thank you” or share their own story. “And this is just my Twitter inbox,” she said. They’re reaching out because she saw the 150-plus young women in front of her podium, heard them and used her position to not only lock away their demon, but also console them with words. Though our conversation was off-the-record (she can’t talk about the case yet), I can say that Judge Aquilina isn’t finished with helping sexual assault survivors, and she’s one woman to watch these next few months.
Other women we’re featuring are going out of their way to uplift other women — from Alyonka Larionov, who organizes Wo/Men Workshops where women find support in a circle of trust, to Meagan Ward, who opened a co-working space for women. Then there’s Parks & Rec executive chef Allie Lyttle, who uses her kitchen to empower women in a profession men tend to dominate.
The SEEN team was so inspired by all the women we’re featuring that telling their stories didn’t seem to be enough. We want to invite you to meet these amazing women on May 11 at our inaugural event called Women SEEN: Making an Impact. The event in Detroit includes a panel discussion with women in this issue and a keynote by Denise Ilitch. (Make sure to check out her column about building confidence as a woman.) To learn more about the event and purchase your tickets, click here!
Lastly, I want to thank the women who produce SEEN each month. SEEN is a women-led publication, including Amy Gill, Michelle Sheridan, Rachel Schostak, Dorothy Hernandez, Chelsie Dzbanski and Andrea Gusho. Seldom will you find all-women publishing teams, and we took our roles seriously in creating an issue by women, for women. We hope to show young girls reading that, you too, can lead a magazine one day or pursue whatever motivates you to be SEEN.