Author: Sam Raudins

AUGUST SUPERWOMAN: CHELSEA FUNK, FOUNDER OF PIT AND PUG ADAPTIVE

Every day, we get dressed: pull on our jeans, button our shirts, tie our shoes. For some of us, it’s not something we think about very deeply, but for others, the daily task of putting clothes on presents challenges that are unique to them. Chelsea Funk of Columbus, Ohio seeks to bring inclusive fashion to differently-abled kids through Pit and Pug Adaptive, and it’s a project that is changing liv...

JULY SUPERWOMAN: STEPHANIE SHELDON, FOUNDER OF THE CLEVELAND FLEA

Cleveland: a city essentially built by the Rockefeller empire, but a city that fell victim to Rustbelt politics. It’s a city known for worshipping LeBron James and “inventing” stadium mustard; a place that loyally supports a chronically terrible football team and houses the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. What Cleveland isn’t really known for is artistry, crafting and showcasing an entrepreneurial spi...

JUNE SUPERWOMAN: SIMI BOTIC, HOLISTIC HEALTH COACH

I met Simi on the first truly warm summer day at Fox in the Snow Café in German Village. At this point in time, spring semester was over, and I was living in Cleveland for the summer, but that didn’t stop me from doing this Superwoman interview in person. I felt like I had to; I heard her speak at The Wonder Jam, and everything she said felt so right to me. So right, in fact, that I messaged her v...

GHOSTS ARE REAL

A few nights ago, in the darkness of my bedroom at the witching hour, I was visited by a ghost. One that was familiar and foreign to me all at once. With them, they brought the shackles of unfinished business and the repulsive electricity of purposefully forgotten memories. I was scared; not of being faced with the unknown, but because I felt that I didn’t know the person I was in their presence. ...

MAY SUPERWOMAN: JENNE CLAIBORNE, VEGAN FOOD BLOGGER BEHIND SWEET POTATO SOUL

Scrolling through Instagram is a dangerous game; these days, it seems delicious food is on every page. As someone who likes to cook at home, tasty and healthy meals are the first ones to catch my eye, which is why Sweet Potato Soul is so appealing. Jenné Claiborne’s insta feed is nothing short of food goals: every meal entices you with color and health, not to mention the best part: it’s all vegan...

APRIL SUPERWOMAN: ALEXIA WINFIELD, FOUNDER OF THE COLUMBUS BOOK PROJECT

I walked into the open space, artwork of all kinds hanging on the exposed brick around me. The concrete floor was empty aside from a folding table and the chair where Alexia sat, and two books stacked on the table. It was a welcome emptiness from the humidity outside. The books were black and white, and the spines aligned to read “COLUMBUS.” That’s exactly what’s inside of them: the city of Columb...

MARCH SUPERWOMAN: KRISTA SUH, CREATOR OF THE PUSSYHAT PROJECT

The image is hard to forget: women standing shoulder to shoulder in solidarity as they marched through the streets of Washington, D.C., an army donning bright pink knit hats with cat ears. Pussyhats. The Pussyhat immediately became a symbol of the Women’s March and the women’s movement as a whole, and it’s hard to imagine that the creator of The Pussyhat Project had trouble finding the confidence ...

HEARTBREAK FROM HER

I believed her. How could I not? As women, we are a sisterhood and are expected to fight for each other, drawing our swords to the neck of the enemy, not against our own. I’m expected to have faith in her character. So when came the trials and tribulations of life, what choice did I have? She can’t deny that at her darkest moments, I was there. When her hard work didn’t pay off, I said keep going....

ANNIE HASLAM: A “RENAISSANCE” WOMAN

Annie Haslam is the long-time lead singer of the symphonic rock band “Renaissance” that played sold out shows across the globe. She is known for her five-octave voice, recognizable in her band or solo career, and her incredible intuitive artwork. Annie sat down with Harness to talk about finding her career and overcoming obstacles to find herself. Annie, how did your journey begin? My journey bega...

CAROLINE FRANCO: AN INTERVIEW WITH A HEALTH SUPERWOMAN

January in Columbus is bleak; when the wind isn’t whipping snowflakes through the bitter air, it’s raining. The clouds are gray, people are bundled under mountainous layers of warmth. But there is one person who does her best to find the sunshine in every day, and her name is Caroline Franco. Caroline is a food, fitness and lifestyle blogger on Instagram who just happened to sit next to me on the ...

WHY KATHARINE GRAHAM FROM “THE POST” IS YOUR NEW FEMINIST ICON

If you’ve seen “The Post” already, you know how wonderful it is (and why I cried through most of it). While the movie centers around the publishing of the Pentagon Papers and freedom of the press, there is one character whose transformation we should all be in awe of: Katharine Graham, the publisher of The Washington Post (played by Meryl Streep). Here’s why she should be your new feminist icon. 1...

REASON WHY I’M A BITCH DURING MY PERIOD

While my hormones are raging, and my body is a little off during that time of the month, it’s not entirely my fault that I’m a bitch this week. Here’s why. Everything is wrong The ratio of milk to cereal is wrong, my cat is still asleep and won’t love me, my shirt doesn’t look right, and the person I held the door for didn’t say thank you. You know what I’m going to do about it? ...

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