MAKING THEIR MARK AMONG MEN Three Columbia-area business women working successfully in male-dominated industries By April Blake, Haley Kellner and Julie Blevins Photographs by Tonya Palmer
e tend to marvel at girls who play on their high school football teams, women who fly fighter jets, and female astronauts and firefighters. They go head-to-head with men in ways that require strength and stamina not typically associated with women. But women often break ground working amid men in less visible male-dominated arenas, fighting stereotypes, misogyny and harassment, or simply working harder than their male colleagues to get ahead. Suzanne Brunnemer, Lasenta Lewis-Ellis, and Stephanie Vokral each achieved success among male peers in her own way.