Firestarter Videos: Six Rural Women Share Stories of Community Building

Speakers look to serve as models for women who are working to strengthen the social and civic fabric of their communities.


To close out the National Rural Women’s Summit in Greenville, South Carolina, six women shared stories of working to encourage, build and strengthen their rural communities.

Marlene Chavez, Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid (@TRLA) (Immigration and equity)

Wendi Everson, Danville Regional Foundation (Building community wealth in Danville’s African-American neighborhoods)

Madeline Moore, Rethinking Rural (@Rethinking Rural) (The power of rural millennials)

Kathy Annette, Blandin Foundation (@BlandinFound) (Lessons from a trailblazer)

Michele Anderson, Springboard for the Arts (@micheleeamn) (A story of radical feminism)

Savannah Barrett, Art of the Rural (@ArtoftheRural) (Authentic exchange across rural and urban America)

Session produced by: Anna Claussen, Voices for Rural Resilience (@voicesforrural) Closing Remarks by: Diana Oestrich, Preemptive Love Coalition (@oestrichdiana1)
Videography by Joel Cohen.

(The Rural Women’s Summit is produced by the National Rural Assembly, part of the Center for Rural Strategies, which also publishes the Daily Yonder. You may follow the summit on social media using #RuralWomenLead or via FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. The Daily Yonder also has compiled stories from the Summit.)