Dani Deahl Celebrates Women's History Month By Telling the Untold Story of Femme Creatives

Spencer Bagley
Dani Deahl

Anyone who follows Chicago-based DJ, producer, and editor Dani Deahl knows she doesn't need an international day of recognition to show inspiring ladies some love. She's given TEDx talks, wrote extensively on the subjects of sexism and gender inequality in the music industry and the world at large, but she's not all about the dark side of the femme.

She's a woman who, more than anything, wants to shed light on the positive contributions of ladies in all walks of life, and her latest effort is a fun and informative Twitter series in honor of March as Women's History Month.

“I wanted to do something that really dug to discover the unknowns in creative fields,” Deahl says. “It's meant to be a means of education, not just for others, but for myself.”

Every day, Deahl focuses on another femme figure (meaning we are not excluding transwomen or any femme-identifying individuals) who has excelled, innovated, or otherwise blazed trails in some creative field. She's trying to push herself outside the usual suspects and walks of life, honing in on what are relatively regarded as hyper niche fields and too often overlooked.

“The tattoo artists, the horror filmmakers, the audio engineers, etc.,” she says. “There is much much less written on them, in the context of larger, mainstream media.”

So far, she's taken a closer look at graffiti artist Sandra “Lady Pink” Fabara, bodywear brand Chromat creator Becca McCharen, first female Grammy winner for Best Engineered Album Trina Shoemaker, American Psycho director Mary Harron, and more. She's dutifully mixing heroes of the past with presently active women, because history is truly being made every day.

“It's been personally inspiring to discover all these women and see others who are discovering them with me,” Deahl says. Check below for her full series of published so far, and follow Dani Deahl on Twitter to keep up all month long.