In celebration of their inaugural UPLevel Her anniversary event, we take a look at some of the magazine’s most impactful moments in their 21-year history.

By Cy White, Photos by Austin Woman

September 2022


Austin Woman magazine launches. The first woman featured on the cover is Amy’s Ice Cream Founder Amy Miller.

November 2005

Austin Woman features Claudia Alta “Lady Bird” Johnson on the cover.

January 2006

Austin Woman features Sarah Weddington, attorney and women’s reproductive rights advocate who successfully represented “Jane Roe” in the landmark Roe. v. Wade case in 1971.


Austin Woman begins its Small Business Grant Program. The first recipient was Blue Avocado.


Austin Woman holds its first Woman’s Way Business Awards, Austin’s only award ceremony that focuses exclusively on women-owned and -led businesses and organizations.

January 2018


Austin Woman Founder Melinda Garvey partners with Saruni International and Kanti Goods in efforts to support young Kenyan girls and women who are survivors of violence. Austin Woman mailed magazines to Kenya to be turned into gift bags, and the proceeds went directly toward funding education for Kenyan girls.

March 2023

Austin Woman magazine features the first trans woman on a cover: p1nkstar. Trademarked as “ur fav electr0nic pop superstar,” p1nkstar is a Mexican-born electronic artist and DJ whose single “GIRLS LIKE US” received national recognition for featuring Austin-based trans artists.

July 2023

Austin Woman features the founders of one of Austin’s only all-woman soccer teams: Austin Rise FC. The founders are former members of FC Austin Elite, which was officially disbanded in 2022. They created Austin Rise FC to create a safe space for women soccer players to learn the game and elevate themselves to a professional level.




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