Governor’s Plan Would Boost Doula Pay

In February, Gov. Tony Evers introduced his state budget, including an initiative called Healthy Women, Healthy Babies, which would provide funding for doulas to serve women of color as part of a wider effort to support black infant and maternal health.

Create Your Own Meditation Space

Creating a beautiful meditation sanctuary at home need not be complicated. A small, quiet corner and some essential props can transform your space into a personal oasis of calm.

Ms. Milele Retires from UMOJA

After nearly 30 years at the helm, Milele Chikasa Anana, 85, retired as UMOJA’s publisher in November and sold the magazine to the Urban League of Greater Madison.

City Sojourns

The Midwest might be considered flyover country, but the quality of art, architecture, cuisine and shopping in many of our cities can compete with the caliber of the coasts.

St. Louis: Rediscover an Evolving City

In recent years, St. Louis has embraced its urban roots with new boutique hotels, celeb-chef-run restaurants and attractions you definitely won’t find anywhere else.

Migraine Options Beyond Medication

Those unlucky enough to be familiar with migraines know they are more than a simple headache. Thus, they don’t usually respond to standard over-the-counter treatments.

Fair Indigo’s Ethical Attire

Madison’s own Fair Indigo has been in business since 2006, and plans to be around for the long haul, selling their popular women’s 95/5 tees (95 percent organic cotton, 5 percent spandex) along with organic clothing for men and kids.

Engage Your Community

One of the most rewarding ways to get active is by engaging in one’s community. Opportunities to get involved are plentiful in the Madison area.

Local Women Athletes Inspire

Athletics can make women better collaborators and better leaders, experts say, and help them stay fit and focused amid all the other duties they still juggle in our society.

Budding Bistro

Fresh, simple, delicious. These three words neatly sum up the experience one is likely to have at The Heights Kitchen.

Cabin Fever

This winter, skip the airport and the tropical beaches and instead escape with your ski buds, your girl group or your significant other on a snowy cabin getaway.

The Nonprofit That Could

The nonprofit 100State (which temporarily located at 100 State St.) has a new name and new space since its beginning but has maintained its original goal: making entrepreneurship accessible through co-working and community-building.

Vulnerable Minds

The 2018 Dane County Youth Assessment reported that 20.7 percent of all 7th to 12th-grade youth reported they had suicidal thoughts during the past 30 days. That was up from 12.3 percent in 2012.

Not Your Average Patient

While rare overall, SCAD heart attacks occur more often in women and may account for a third of heart attacks in women 50 and older, according to the American College of Cardiology.

Grab ‘n Go…Back for More!

The Heights’ grab ’n go section is stocked with high-end products meant to ensure their customers leave satisfied whether dining in—or out.

No Need To Get Cold Feet

Floors heated with electric wire or circulating warm water have so much to offer homeowners, especially during cold Wisconsin winters.

Beyond The Surface

Typifying the millennial side-hustle, Madison artist Selia Salzsieder explores body politics in her art while working as a preschool teacher.

So You Want To Be A Writer?

Laurie Scheer, a faculty associate at UW–Madison Continuing Studies and director of the UW Writers’ Institute, mentors non-fiction writers, something she knows well.

Event Planning with Panache

BRAVA talked to a couple of Madison’s event coordinators to find out their best party planning tips and tricks to help make the most of life’s special moments.

Meet the Models

Our fabulous February 2019 models dish on all things wedding and fashion (and their sweet tooths)!

Velvet Revolution

Originally loomed from pure silk and renowned as the fabric of the wealthy during Medieval and Renaissance times, velvet remains a staple of classy couture.

Good Food For All

Slow Food UW is a student run organization serving healthy meals for only $5 on Monday evenings during the fall and spring semesters.

S-HERO Shoutouts

As our Women to Watch can attest, being a ‘s-hero’ isn’t always easy but they took a moment to acknowledge the mothers, sisters and friends whom are catalysts for change in the local community too.

Hidden Wonders

We’ve come a long way, baby. Today’s storage spaces are so much more efficient and eye pleasing than they once were.

New Year, New You…or Not So Much?

Although we’re only a few weeks into the new year, you may have already kicked any new year’s resolutions to the curb. And some of our 2019 THRIVE series speakers are no different.

Cannabis Cure-All?

As the push to legalize medical marijuana continues, CBD is taking center stage as a popular new remedy for a wide range of ailments.

Facing Adversity with Aplomb

With everything from the landscape to community dynamic changing, the Center for Resilient Cities has taken on the task of making sure we as a community are creating sustainable and thriving neighborhoods. 

Fat Tires, Big Fun

Inspired by mountain biking, fat tire bikes allows the rider to “float” over rocks and roots with ease, enthusiasts say.

Siri-ously Smart

From refrigerators that let you see inside without opening the door to video doorbells that show you who’s on the stoop, these smart home appliances capitalize on energy saving and home security.

No Mountain? No Problem!

For steep slopes and stylish retreats right in your backyard, be sure to check out these Wisconsin ski spots this winter.

Crunchy Marvel

Much like the invention of chocolate chip cookies and popsicles, Nutkrack’s creation was a happy accident.

Laquerus’ Bold Beauty Concept

A little primp and polish never hurt nobody. But Laquerus owners Jennifer Lane and Priyanka Verma are pushing the envelope on nail care.

Dine For Dollars

Foodie brand Epicurean Chronicles is raising funds through its EC Gives Back Program for Little John’s, a new “pay what you can” counter-service bistro piloted by Chef Dave Heide.


Instead of making the annual pact to actually make use of your gym membership, why not challenge yourself to something even more difficult this year? Wean yourself from social media.

2019 Women to Watch: Real Women, Real Change

They are BRAVA’s 2019 Women to Watch, and they all have stories to tell. Keep your eyes on these gals, because they’ll be reshaping our communities into a more evolved form for some time to come.

Alison Helland: Paying it forward

In 2019, Helland is looking to pay it forward with the MarketReady Program, a local initiative focused on supporting entrepreneurs who have faced historic barriers to entry that are interested in becoming vendors at the Madison Public Market.

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