Women’s Issue 2023

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Our annual Women’s Issue returns with a look at a number of topics: birth-related trauma; life for trans women in Asheville; issues local female performers face; marriage trends; and insights on education, the arts and entrepreneurship.





  • Quick takes: The goal is thought

    -by Xpress Staff
    Sarah Steiner, Western Carolina University’s head of research and instruction services at Hunter Library, shares her thoughts on community, uplifting fellow librarians and the importance of asking questions. 
  • Home-based child care may help with Buncombe needs

    -by Xpress Contributor
    One potential way to close the child care gap, according to a recent report commissioned by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation, would be to boost…
  • Trans women in Asheville share their experiences

    -by Jessica Wakeman
    Asheville has a reputation as welcoming individuals of all gender identities and sexual orientations. The city has numerous gender-affirming health care providers, social groups for the LGBTQ community and inclusive…
  • Quick takes: On the importance of mentorships

    -by Xpress Staff
    Michele Cook, owner of Blaze On Creations, discusses the importance of mentorships and inspiring the next wave of female business owners. 
  • Quick takes: Camaraderie in the arts

    -by Xpress Staff
    Rae Geoffrey, managing director of Wortham Center for the Performing Arts, discusses the power of giving, the arts and the unique superpowers women bring to leadership positions. 
  • Therapists discuss resources for coping with birth-related trauma

    -by Brooke Randle
    As many as 1-in-5 women experience mood changes or anxiety after experiencing trauma while giving birth, with roughly 9% being diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, according to Postpartum Support International.
  • Quick takes: Support, protect and respect women

    -by Xpress Staff
    Shaneka Haynes, director of Women's Empowerment at YWCA, discusses role models, making connections and respecting women's needs. 
  • Quick takes: Empowered women

    -by Xpress Staff
    Nicole Cush, the principal of School of Inquiry and Life Sciences at Asheville, discusses local news, empowerment and the importance of speaking up.
  • Asheville residents ponder name changes after marriage

    -by Brooke Randle
    An Xpress reporter seeks input from local couples as she weighs the merits of changing her name after marriage.
  • Quick takes: We are social creatures

    -by Xpress Staff
    Mathilda Potter, a local artist, arts teacher and vice president of the the Arrowhead Artist and Artisans League, discusses the importance of community art centers, the perks of hugs and ways…
  • Buncombe commissioners reckon with racial disparities in education

    -by Larry Griffin
    Just 11% of Black students in grades 3-8 at Asheville City Schools scored as proficient in math, with 13% proficient in reading. Rates were somewhat better in the county system,…