Author: Charissa Loo

‘Girls Who Handle It II’ fosters healing from adversity

Photo used with permission of Asia Croson.  On Nov. 30, “Girls Who Handle It” (GWHI) returned to San Luis Obispo. A record-breaking 1,000 people shuffled through the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art as the community was able to gain insight into the women’s deepest, most personal vulnerabilities and struggles. Black and white glossed photos

Continue reading

Chief Cantrell’s unconventional route to the police force

Meet San Luis Obispo’s Police Chief, Deanna Cantrell. The assumed formality of her position, her job, her firm handshake and her perfectly pressed suit was only contradicted by her welcoming smile and the bright pink SloDoCo pin on her chest. The pin is a small indication of how Cantrell is redefining what it means to

Continue reading

First Black Miss Israel redefines what it means to be a woman

A young Ethiopian girl runs barefoot from poverty into military boots and finally fills the polished, elegant heels of a beauty pageant champion. What seems like the plot of a Hollywood movie is actually the true story of Yityish, “TiTi”, Aynaw. Growing up in the small village of Chahawit, Ethiopia, Aynaw had a challenging childhood.

Continue reading