Oregon Woman 2015

The inspiring women of our state are writers, brewers, ranchers, politicians, designers, investors, punk rockers, and mothers. They are pioneers, rule-breakers, and innovators. Meet them.

03/02/2015 Edited by Rachel Ritchie


Caleb Porter: Soccer Genius?

His first season rocked. His second ended before it began. Analysts weigh in on the Timbers' highly touted coach.

03/02/2015 By Marty Patail


Three Women Transforming Ranching in Eastern Oregon

Cory Carman, Jill McClaran, and Carrie Hermens are on the top of Oregon's meat game

03/02/2015 By Kelly Clarke


How Strategist Rebecca Tweed Transformed Oregon Politics

The political consultant behind more than 40 Oregon campaigns goes beyond party lines to elect the best person for the job.

03/02/2015 By Rachel Ritchie


The Ugly Truth About Sexism and Business in Portland

Portland Monthly's president and cofounder reveals the shocking lack of respect shown to ambitious women raising capital in this town.

03/02/2015 By Nicole Vogel


A Feminist History of Oregon, from Abigail Scott Duniway to 'Bitch'

Oregon's legacy is rooted in women shipyard workers, suffragettes, sci-fi authors, legal abortion, and kick-ass senators. Get inspired!

03/02/2015 By Marty Patail


Why Oregon is the Only State that Doesn’t Limit Legal Access to Abortion

No waiting periods, no mandated parental involvement, and no limitations on publicly funded abortions? This is how we got here.

03/02/2015 By Kelly Clarke


Portland’s First Female Head Brewer Talks Fermentation, Culinary School, and Anheuser-Busch

10 Barrel Brewing's Whitney Burnside has climbed to beer ladder from Laurelwood to Upright to Elysian to Pelican. Now, she talks about her biggest challenge yet.

03/02/2015 By Marty Patail


Arlene Schnitzer, Patron Saint of Portland Arts, Speaks!

From philanthropy to feminism, the life of Portland's reigning cultural patron is a saga of art, business, and telling it like it is.

03/02/2015 By Zach Dundas


Portland’s Pioneer of Natural Hair Care Fought the Law (and Won)

Amber Starks of Conscious Coils saw a flaw in the licensing laws for natural hair care and decided to do something about it.

03/02/2015 By Rachel Ritchie


One Oregon Woman is Transforming the Architecture Industry

Designer Kathy Shaloo Berg is a leadership role model—and the lone woman at the top tier at ZGF Architects' Portland hub

03/02/2015 By Randy Gragg


How Kendall Clawson Doubled the Number of Women Running Oregon

The Office of the Governor's Deputy Chief of Staff has fought for the LGBTQ community, supported people diagnosed with AIDS, and radically changed the face of the state's policy boards. And she's not done yet.

03/02/2015 By Rachel Ritchie


Marcela Alcantar's Incredible Journey

Marcela Alcantar, president of Alcantar & Associates, on her roots in Mexico, her love of dirt, and launching the Diversified Builders and Engineers Council

03/02/2015 By Rachel Ritchie


This Ain't Your Typical Treehouse

"It's just like building any other cabin, only it's 30 feet off the ground."

03/02/2015 By Haley Martin


Trophy Case: March's Best Local Stuff

This month's hottest locally made goods, from Bee Local's smoked honey to Looptworks leather bags made from salvaged airline seats



Inside the North Portland Shop Where Everything Is Free

Yes, you read that correctly. SamplingLab exchanges free swag for your online opinions.

03/02/2015 By Molly Woodstock


The Perfect Party: March 2015

A made-up mash-up of the month's most fascinating people, from former governor John Kitzhaber to DC-bound former mayor Sam Adams

03/02/2015 Illustrations by Matty Newton


Portland's Mayor Says the Future is Bright—If Anyone Can Still Afford to Live Here

Halfway through his term Portland's mayor reflects on the city's rising skyline, an urban world, and the city's greatest challenge.

03/02/2015 By Zach Dundas


A By-The-Numbers Look at Oregon's Organic Farm Industry

Oregon ranks #9 for most organic farms in the nation. Here's how those hard-working farmers make it work.

03/02/2015 By Sarah Ostaszewski


Oregon’s Link to the World’s Most Famous Single Malt Scotch

In Scotland's remote islands, some of the industry's best barrels are made with Oregon fir.

03/02/2015 By Mike Schwartz