In honor of International Women’s Day, we’d like to introduce you to the heroine of Steam ~ or ~ The Specters of the Knox Mill, Charlotte Monroe.

Photograph by Keith Leonard

Photograph by Keith Leonard

When Charlotte’s world was shaken by a steel mill accident that killed her husband, Nicholas, Charlotte would not be stopped. She bent her remarkable intelligence and creative thinking into designing a machine that would contact the souls of the departed. Charlotte worked fiercely to salvage as much as possible of the life that she once knew, ignoring her grief, and shutting out the world. When the opportunity arises to have her passion project funded by the very steel mill that took her husband’s life, Charlotte sees her goal growing clearer and closer than ever before. But can she face the demons she’s shut out, navigate the messy politics of the mill, and learn to cooperate with the most unlikely allies?

Check out Charlotte’s song, “The Pitch”.