100 Women We Love 2016

Here’s to this year's class of the women who inspire us, give us hope, make us laugh and make us want to get up and dance. 

JENNY OWEN YOUNGS

“I love playing shows and making records,” says alternative recording artist and performer Jenny Owen Youngs, “but the most surreal and beautiful part of my job happens when someone tells me that a song I wrote affected their life in some way. It is completely wild to hear from a person that something I made helped them get through a breakup, endure a difficult family situation or come out to their parents.” The singer, songwriter and self-described natural history enthusiast, who self-released her 2005 debut album, “Batten the Hatches,” has seen her career rising. “Slack Tide,” her 2015 EP, is currently sitting pretty in the top 250 on Amazon’s MP3 downloads for alternative rock albums by singer-songwriters. She also made news in 2013 for her coming out statement on Everyone Is Gay, a site and organization co-founded by Kristin Russo, her wife. Asked to share her message for the LGBTQ community, Youngs says, “Hello! It’s me, Jenny. Just wanted to remind you that you matter, that you are worth it, that you are beautiful, that you are loved. You are stronger than you can imagine. The world is lucky to have you.” We here at GO feel the world is lucky to have you, too. –GH