By Patti Samar By the time I got to my senior year in high school, I was a pretty lost
In 2020, the year in which women will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, is also the 100th anniversary of the first Ishpeming “Gossard Girls,” when the factory opened in 1920.
In honor of that 100th anniversary, Arsenault and her husband, Paul, are planning to create a much larger tribute, with displays encompassing nearly the entire building.
Two women, a business, and a plan: that’s inspiration right there. So, it shouldn’t be a big surprise that their business is called Be Inspired UP.
The women are Jackie Bessner and Stacey Willey, their shop is a small storefront in downtown Ishpeming, Michigan, but their business is much bigger than that.
The bright blue building houses Midtown Bakery & Café in downtown Negaunee, Michigan, and over the past two decades it has become well-known for its made-from-scratch baked goods, and its soul- pleasing homemade soups and sandwiches. Operated by owner Marybeth Kurtz, and staffed by a loyal group of longtime employees, Midtown has become a destination for the discerning epicurean in Michigan’s central Upper Peninsula.
Therefore, we are excited about taking SuperiorWoman.Net to the next level, moving the stories beyond just a simple blog post. We have created a full-fledged digital magazine, complete with a flipbook that allows readers to turn the pages and click on embedded links within the stories and advertisements.
Roxanne Daust worked her way up the corporate ladder to become president and CEO of Range Bank in Marquette, Michigan. That is why she is a Superior Woman.
Marquette-area craft beer aficionado Kylie Bunting is a Superior Woman. A U.P. native, Bunting is head of the Upper Peninsula Chapter of Barley’s Angels, a Portland, Oregon-based craft beer organization for women.
Marquette-area broadcast journalist Cynthia Thompson is a Superior Woman. As a news anchor, Thompson has been a guest inside the living room of most Upper Peninsula homes over the past three decades, but over the years, she has been comfortable both in front of, and behind, the cameras.
L’Anse-area resident Bridget Summers is a Superior Woman. A relative newcomer to the Upper Peninsula, she is making a positive impact in the western U.P. community she has adopted as her hometown, and also in her role as the newest member of the Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees.
Marquette-area stockbroker and philanthropist Theresa Sell is a Superior Woman. A relative newcomer to the Upper Peninsula, she is making a positive impact on the lives of some of the most vulnerable in the community: the children.