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. 

SUSAN SURFTONE

“I was about 10 years old, alone in my backyard in Hudson, New York. I had a rock in my hand, and I was eyeing a rusted coffee can hanging on the top pole step on a telephone pole in the backyard,” remembers Susan SurfTone. “I wanted to take a shot at knocking the can down, but it seemed impossible. …I almost talked myself out of trying, but there was no one around to see if I missed, so I let the rock fly. I watched it as it headed toward the can right on target. Down the can went and I learned the biggest lesson of my life: Nothing is going to happen unless you throw that rock.” Guitarist SurfTone specializes in surf and garage music, genres that were big in the 1960s, and has enjoyed a career span-ning decades, both with band the SurfTones and as a solo act (her latest EP “The Magician” drops July 5). “Through my music, I get to connect with people all over the world. …It’s very rewarding to know in some small way, I’ve touched on something that can be shared and enjoyed among diverse cultures and communities.” –GH