Charleston Women Spring 2022

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www. Char l es tonWomenPodcas t . com | www. ReadCW. com | www. I ns tagram. com /Char l es tonWomen 4 From The Team...........................................................7 About the Cover........................................................8 8 63 33 25 35 Table of Contents Spring 2022 Features The Lowcountry Highrollers..................................18 Girl Power......................................................................25 Leveling the Field.......................................................31 Sarah Campbell Allan, Charleston’s First Female Doctor.........................33 Meet the Superhero of CCSD Nursing...............35 Dollars and Sense. .....................................................39 PCA Alumni: Where are They Now?....................41 Party Tips for Your Spring Soirée..........................49 Tips For Teaching Kids Financial Literacy.........57 Rosé-All-Day Season is Here..................................63 31 49

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www. Char l es tonWomenPodcas t . com | www. ReadCW. com | www. I ns tagram. com /Char l es tonWomen 7 Spring 2022 INTERIM EDITOR DENISE K. JAMES COPY EDITORS LORNA HOLLIFIELD • SARAH B. MCGUIRE COLIN MCCANDLESS ART DIRECTOR DANA COLEMAN MARKETING CONTENT MANAGER BETHANY LONG AD DESIGNERS KIM HALL REBECCA SOTTILE BETHANY LONG TECHNOLOGY GEORGE CONKLIN BRIAN SMITH GENE PHAN WRITERS ISABEL ALVAREZ ARATA • JOYCE D. BLISS EILEEN CASEY • MARY COY STACY DOMINGO • ALEC GARCIA LORNA HOLLIFIELD • SAMANTHA KRAMER L. C. LEACH III • COLIN MCCANDLESS JANET PERRIGO • GINGER SOTTILE CHRISTINE STEELE • SHERRY WHITING PHOTOGRAPHERS MARK STAFF BRAND AMBASSADOR STACEY MCLOUGHLIN STACEY@MOUNTPLEASANTMAGAZINE.COM INDEPENDENT MEDIA CONSULTANTS ANDY BIMONTE ANDY@MOUNTPLEASANTMAGAZINE.COM MANDY WILLIS MANDY@MOUNTPLEASANTMAGAZINE.COM KATIE FINCH KATIE@MOUNTPLEASANTMAGAZINE.COM ADMINISTRATION & BOOKKEEPING GINGER SOTTILE DISTRIBUTION U.S. POST OFFICE • HARRIS TEETER • PUBLIX • CVS Charleston Women is published locally by a team of independent contractors. Charleston Women is published three times per year by Media Services, Inc. 1013 Chuck Dawley Blvd., Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 Copyright © Media Services 2022. All rights reserved. Reproduction electronically or in print format without the expressed written consent of the publisher is strictly prohibited and a violation of U.S. copyright laws. Inquiries to: Charleston Women P.O. Box 22617, Charleston, SC 29413 For marketing information, email: The great thing about producing a magazine dedicated to women is that we get to watch them move around within their natural habitats. It can become like watching lionesses hunt on the African savanna. By going to where they are, we can truly know them. And there’s lessons, examples and rays of hope in it every time. We watch women fight, we watch them claw out of tight corners and we watch them succeed. As we observe, we learn how they do this, and as you’ll soon find out from the Lowcountry women featured in this issue, one tactic is that they don’t do it alone. They build a pride, and they become a powerhouse of unstoppable females. In this issue, you’ll discover teams of women creating waves bigger than you’ll find at the Folly washout. You’ll get to know a group of everyday women who lace up the skates for roller derby bouts with their teammates to become beasts for two 30-minute periods of painstaking greatness. You’ll learn about the deep roots of women supporting women in learning about our local Girl Scouts. You’ll see all-female Realtor® teams achieving stats that rival any in all of South Carolina. You will see what happens when powerful forces collide in space. That kind of power, set against the backdrop of all that is Charleston — her bones, her history, her resilience — is nothing short of spectacular. You might not see a cloud of electric pink smoke settle over the Charleston Harbor, but we guarantee you’re going to feel it. The Team at Charleston Women From the Team

www. Char l es tonWomenPodcas t . com | www. ReadCW. com | www. I ns tagram. com /Char l es tonWomen 8 I had been going back and forth with the idea of retiring from roller derby. I’ve been playing since 2010, which is a long derby career. The league is skater owned and operated, so everything we do, from fundraising, recruiting and training to putting on the bouts, is done by the players. I am the type of person who puts 100% effort into my interests, but, over time, I started feeling the burnout. However, as I was putting on my uniform and driving to the location for the Charleston Women photoshoot, I felt myself getting excited. I arrived at the site to put on my skates and gear. Then it hit me. I was home. Teammates whom I hadn’t seen in nearly two years started to arrive. We immediately jumped up and gave each other the biggest hugs. Everyone was so excited to put on the skates together again. Throughout the whole shoot, we all loosened up and fell right back into our “derby lives.” It didn’t matter that time had passed. The bond that roller derby creates between teammates is unexplainable. By relying About the Cover BY TRAC I DOUTAZ Welcome Home A Reflection on Skates and Sisterhood on these women, on and off the track, trust is built. The sense of community and empowerment is amazing. All of us are so different and live unique lives, but roller derby gives us a chance to escape our lives and be who we want to be for a while. Contributing to and bettering a team is wonderful, but it also helps us better ourselves. The two hours that we spent together at the photoshoot brought all these feelings back. At the end of the day, the thought of retirement had completely left my mind, replaced by the excitement of the skates and the sisterhood. The past two years were a nice break, but being together with my teammates filled a void that I had been missing. Only a very special camaraderie can do that. It’s a bond that welcomed me home. The ladies responsible for this bond shine on the front cover. All are recognized from left to right. Looking amazing on the cover we have: Leslie Brewer, aka Barbie Hurl; Katherine Bergmann, aka Katalyst; Traci Doutaz, aka Doutaz Mania; Haley Macon, aka Striker; Cantey Spainhour, aka Whiskey Riot; and Jana Nicole LeekOwens, aka Nicky DruBlood, in the very back. Back on a Roll! THE LOWCOUNTRY HIGHROLLERS ARE GAME ON Strong Leading Ladies In School, After School Spring Soiree Planned? Our Best Tips CHARLESTON Spr i ng 2022

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www. Char l es tonWomenPodcas t . com | www. ReadCW. com | www. I ns tagram. com /Char l es tonWomen BY I SABEL ALVAREZ ARATA Roller derby dates back to the 1930s, but the sport had its heyday in the 1950s and 60s as one of the most-watched events on television. At its origins, roller derby for men and women resembled a marathon more than a tournament. It was solely for entertainment and a spectacle, with much of the interaction between skaters reportedly staged. The sport lost its novelty in the 1970s and was all but extinct until a group of women in Austin, Texas decided to revive roller derby in the early 2000s. The women were looking for a sport they could make their own, a way to celebrate women and strength. Today, roller derby is an international sport known for its intensity, fierce competition and female empowerment. The Lowcountry Highrollers got their start in Charleston in 2008. Current President Traci Doutaz was a skating car-hop at Sonic in 2012 when a friend suggested she try out for roller derby. “I had never seen or heard about it, so I went to my first game to watch,” said Doutaz, also known by her derby name Doutaz Mania, or #859. “I was instantly hooked. I have always loved skating and was involved in competitive sports, so it was perfect for me,” she recounted. Not all members of the Lowcountry Highrollers grew The Lowcountry Highrollers are Ready to Play Photo prov i ded. Photo prov i ded. Photo prov i ded. Photo prov i ded.

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www. Char l es tonWomenPodcas t . com | www. ReadCW. com | www. I ns tagram. com /Char l es tonWomen For as long as I can remember, my daughter Julia has been running. She started when she was 5, jogging smartly next to me on the long, wide streets in our neighborhood in Brooklyn. Soon after, she started to enter races and began winning. Neither of us ever thought her steps would translate into words on a page. When the pandemic hit and schools were initially closed, Julia, a seventh grader at Laing Middle School, and I decided to start a writing project. She had always enjoyed writing as a creative outlet. We really wanted to write a story where we could alternate chapters told from our own points of view, but we eventually settled on a fictional story about a fifth grader, new to coastal South Carolina, who joins a running club. We called it “TURTLE.” We sat down together and outlined a basic story, with a main character that was loosely based on her own experiences. We had collected so many stories about running, meets, coaches and team interactions over the years that the pages really wrote themselves. We had moved to Mount Pleasant four years ago, so it was also fun to write about being a new kid in school because that was still a vivid memory for her. As much as this is a middle grade sports fiction book, it is also a story about Mount Pleasant — called North Point in the book, one of the original names for the area. You might recognize landmarks, schools, and, of course, the very distinct way of life that we are fortunate to now call part of our own story too. In “TURTLE,” the main character, Emma Jackson, finds her self-worth on the track. She initially gets sidetracked by the wrong set of friends but eventually realizes her strength on the track, her track sisters by her side. The book was cathartic to write for many reasons, but unknown to us in the beginning, it became a great platform to inform, educate and inspire. By adding practical information about aspects of running, the book took on a new dimension. We decided to make it the first in a series we call “Run Like A Girl.” The series will not only entertain readers with Emma’s running journey, but also identify and tackle the tough hurdles female athletes encounter: mental challenges, physical setbacks of a changing body and social distractions. The reality is that by the age of 14, girls traditionally drop out of sports at twice the rate of boys, according to the Women’s Sports Foundation. The “Run Like A Girl” series is a challenge to all female athletes to stick with it. BY PAMELA JOUAN Leveling the Field New Locally Written Book Inspires Female Athletes feature The author and her daughter Ju l i a .

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www. Char l es tonWomenPodcas t . com | www. ReadCW. com | www. I ns tagram. com /Char l es tonWomen In today’s world, we sometimes take it for granted that women hold jobs in fields that were once male-dominated. For centuries, pursuing their life’s ambitions was a right most women were denied. And until 100 years ago, women were even denied the right to vote or to attend the same colleges as men. A lot has changed. Most Americans today don’t think twice about women in fields such as engineering, construction, law and medicine. In fact, most of us will be treated by a female doctor at some point in our lives. So, who was the first Charleston woman to blaze that trail? Sarah Campbell Allan was born in 1861, eight months into the Civil War. She grew up as a child of privilege but, as an adult, was denied admission to the College of Charleston because it was an all-male institution at the time. Instead, she attended Charleston Female Seminary, an elite private school located on St. Philip Street, just around the corner from the college. Its founder, Henrietta Aiken Kelly, established the school after her own attempts to gain admission for women to the College of Charleston had failed. Allan went on to study premedical training at the all-female Columbia College in the state capital. She graduated in 1894 from the Women’s Medical College BY MARY COY A Physician and a Pioneer Sarah Campbell Allan, Charleston’s First Female Doctor feature

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