EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — March is International Women’s Month and once again, WPRI 12 is honoring those who inspire, lead, and forge the way for other women.

For the fourth year, people nationwide submitted the Remarkable Women in their lives, and out of the dozens of local nominees, four finalists were chosen.

Our second finalist is Tonya Maselli, who knows the impact one woman can have on the life of another woman.

In the days following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, Maselli and her daughter helped families connect with missing loved ones at ground zero. In the years that followed, as a single mother, she continued to volunteer when she could while working two jobs as a social worker.

Even during her own difficulties battling breast cancer, she carries a reminder of positivity with her each day.

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Throughout the month of March, one of our four local finalists will be featured every Tuesday on 12 News This Morning and The Rhode Show to tell her story and highlight her accomplishments. All of this year’s finalists’ stories will also be posted here on WPRI.com.

The winner will be considered for Nexstar’s Nationwide 2023 Woman of the Year award.