It’s no surprise that Portland is filled with creative, powerful, and inspiring womxn. From rabble-rousing grannies to narrative-flipping feminist teens to pioneering entrepreneurs to seasoned politicians, Portland’s womxn embody the values and grit that make this city run. It’d be impossible to pack the diverse stories of all Portland’s noteworthy womxn and girls into a single Mercury feature. So instead, we’ve picked a sampling of those who we’ve recently been inspired by to illustrate how womxn are shaping the future of Portland and making our city better.