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Women's Issue 2022

Our annual Women’s Issue takes a look at some of the issues facing women today, and looks ahead to new frontiers.

Women of the Year 2021 ▶ [With Video]

Stories of women doing great things—and that includes our Woman of the Year, Community Hero, Young Hero and more. Meet these incredible change-makers in Central Oregon

2021 Women's Issue

Woman of the Year

Jesse Durham of Sisters Coffee once ran a marathon to raise funds to help an all-women coffee co-op improve production

Young Hero

Angie Acevedo, now a student at COCC, made a name for herself at Bend High, where she advocated for immigrants and people experiencing poverty

Advancing Women

Karina Smith, a believer in the power of challenges to push people forward

Community Hero

Ruth Jones, supporting LatinX families through the JUNTOS program

Lifetime Achievement

Lawnae Hunter has had a remarkable career—but her passion lies in teaching and servant leadership

2020 Women's Issue

Celebrating our Women of the Year, inclusion in the outdoors, female chefs and brewers and so much more

Women's Issue 2018

Woman of the Year: Betsy Warriner

From the ashes of Volunteer Connect rises a new phoenix: Volunteer Central Oregon. Here is the woman championing its cause.

2017 Women's Year

The 2016 Women's Issue

Women in their own words

2016 Woman of the Year: Alice Elshoff

Educator and conservationist protecting Oregon's natural treasures

Liz Lawrence

Bend Police Department's finest

Molly Troupe

Lead distiller at Oregon Spirits Distillers

Sally Russell

Bend City Councilor

René Mitchell

Champion of the creative class

Are We There Yet?

Why women are still fighting for equality

Good Guys

A half dozen ways to be a better man

No Justice, No Peace

Native American women face high rates of sexual assault

Where the Women Are

Meet your local lady leaders

Power to the People

COCC president Dr. Shirley Metcalf serves as a role model for women and minorities

The Year in Women

Tracking gains in the struggle for equality

She Works Hard for the Money

Wage inequality persists despite women's gains

Women's Issue 2014

What does it mean to be the Source Weekly's Woman of the Year?

A Peek Into Our Thought Process

Community input and advisory commitee suggestions help us pick our Woman of the Year

Generations of Joy

Bend's dance matriarch passes the torch

Creating Change

Young activist takes a stand for fairness

Keep on Rolling

Designer turns challenges into opportunities

Forward Progress

The Source's Woman of the Year, Becky Johnson, spearheads Bend's future

Combat Vets

The Source's Women of the Year


Women Still Busting Down Barriers

The Women's Issue

With this year’s Women’s Issue, we went in search of Central Oregon females who are breaking away from the societal conventions that somehow still exist in 2011. We found a premiere female motorcycle racer, a great-grandmother who has decided to chase down her musical dreams and a group of women making some of the best beer in the region, just to name a few. We’re proud of the ladies in our region, and after you take a look this section, you will be, too.

Woman Of The Year; Jen Burgess Thompson: Cancer Survivor

The day after being diagnosed last August with aggressive ovarian cancer at age 36, Jen Burgess Thompson gathered up her two young sons, some friends and her husband. They drove to Mt. Bachelor and made a movie. In it, the stunning blond runs through a golden field of wildflowers with her sweet and handsome sons, Cohen and Cooper. She writes messages on a chalkboard like "We will not be defeated" and "Eff Cancer." She tears pages from a small notebook after writing bits of her story. "I am Jen" "I am a mom" "I am an artist" "I am not cancer." The pages blow away and snag in the flowers. It is deeply moving and has been watched thousands of times. The video is the beginning of her very public and vivid chronicling of her battle with cancer. Thompson, who has her own photography studio in Redmond, documents every step of the journey, through her blog, on Facebook, and in the photography and videography of some of the most talented photographers and cinematographers in Bend who donated their time and effort to the Source's 2012 Woman of the Year.

Wonder Women: Five women tell us how to dominate

Tara Reynvaan, Sport Climber Age: 25 Day job: Social Media Coordinator at Ruff Wear Hometown: Bend Female Inspiration: Alizee Dufraisse. "She's totally fearless and definitely a proud climber." Most radical moment in your sport: The most extreme thing that's ever happened to me is when I fell upside on a sport climb. On my way down I clipped a bolt, kinda funny but extreme all at the same time. I also pocket dialed my ex-husband. Pretty funny."

Central Oregon's Most Influential Women: From every area of our community-politics, business, philanthropy, sports and the creative arts-these women are powerful examples of what it means to live strong everyday

Name: Chris Telfer, 62 Day job: Certified public accountant and state senator Areas of influence: Oregon State Senator for District 27-Bend, former Bend city councilor, former chair of Bend Urban Renewal Agency, former chair of the Bend-La Pine Schools budget committee, founding organizer of numerous Central Oregon nonprofits, chair of Oregon and national Episcopal Church committees Leadership Philosophy: It is important to be inclusive and to listen to all perspectives.

Tattoo You: Mum's Tatoo's Angela Kephart found a career and a calling in body art

Angela Kephart was 12-years-old, homeless and living on the Portland streets when she got her first tattoo - a small heart on her left index finger that was given to her by an amateur tattoo artist with a makeshift needle. Kephart recalls that she was standing on the balcony of the Kent Motel above a fish house restaurant at the time. The entire process took about ten minutes, but it made an impact that's resonated throughout her entire life. Today, Kephart is a single mom, sober, and a successful small business owner as the sole proprietor of Mum's Tattoos on Galveston where she employs four other artists, including one other female tattoo artist, Holly McClintock. Kephart has done it working in a field that is typically dominated by men and that is known for its lack of hospitality toward newcomers breaking into the business.

Woman of the Year - Possibilities with a View How Lawnae Hunter is changing Central Oregon's economic future

When Lawnae Hunter moved to Bend, she wasn't expecting to challenge the status quo. A former waitress and single mother who attended community college in Aptos, Calif., Hunter worked her way up the real estate food chain and developed the largest real estate company in Central California, Hunter Prudential Realty. The company was eventually sold to a subsidiary of Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway. After the sale, Hunter was looking for a change of pace. In 2003, she bought a house on Awbrey Butte and in 2007 moved to Bend full time. She brought her daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren and joined one daughter already living here.

Who's the Chick on the Drums?: Lindsey Elias is leading the way for the region's young female musicians

Lindsey Elias is 24 and has been a rock drummer for a full decade. She has one hell of a stage presence and it all comes in one surprisingly small package. Watching Elias and her 105-pound frame push out the power and speed of an enormous male drummer is really something to be seen when she's up on stage with her band, Empty Space Orchestra. Take a look at the audience at an ESO show and you will see people's necks craning just to get a better view of what she's doing. She has a magnetic, natural beauty on the drums as she pumps out incredibly fast, hard-hitting licks. There is something contagious about the joy, the passion and the pure rock n' roll in her facial expressions that radiates out to the crowd who watches with mouths agape or perhaps smiling in delight. "She's so fun to watch. She just gets so into it. It's surprising to see so much noise, such loud and harsh noise, coming from such a small person," says an ESO fan named Griffin after one of the band's packed Silver Moon residency shows in January.



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