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Women of Worth

Women Making History, Building Stronger Communities and Changing Lives

Tracy Hoover | Posted 04.01.2016 | Impact
Tracy Hoover

For this past month, I’ve loved learning more about power-women in history and the mark they’ve made on the world. It also has me thinking a lot a...

Is There Life After Death?

Teri Kelsall | Posted 12.04.2015 | Women
Teri Kelsall

When Jonas died, we knew we could not stand by and let time forget him. This one horrific moment would not define his legacy as another name carved into a marble wall. So we did what families do when they lose someone too soon -- we found a way to keep him alive.

Life Begins When You Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

SuEllen Fried | Posted 12.04.2015 | Women
SuEllen Fried

I saw this quote on a refrigerator magnet in a bookstore, but it certainly speaks to me. Thirty three years ago I began volunteering at a prison in Kansas. I haven't stopped and it has been one of the greatest learning experiences of my life.

Extra-Ordinary Birthdays: Self-Esteem and Value Beyond Homelessness

Schinnell Leake | Posted 12.04.2015 | Women
Schinnell Leake

Children face particularly adverse effects of homelessness. They're often separated from relatives, friends, and schools when their families become homeless. They've got to cope with the shame associated with losing their home. So, what do you do when you -- the parent, the provider -- don't have a place to call home and your child's birthday approaches?

Giving Underserved Kids a Fighting Chance -- Simply by Giving Them Something to Read

Melaney Smith | Posted 12.04.2015 | Women
Melaney Smith

They weren't a nameless, faceless demographic group. They were individual children with unique needs and disparate interests, who faced wide-ranging challenges. I asked for help. People said YES. And Books for Keeps was born.

Help Someone, No One Else Will

Kathy Koenigsdorf | Posted 12.04.2015 | Women
Kathy Koenigsdorf

This is me. Kathy Koenigsdorf - attending at a rally in DC last month with my son, Jake. Isn't he handsome? He was brilliant, too. He's dead now,...

My Trip to Gambisara

Jaha Dukureh | Posted 12.02.2015 | Women
Jaha Dukureh

I turned 26 on November 9th and for once I spent my birthday challenging myself. I decided to take my campaign to GAMBISARA, the village where I came ...

Math Matters (But Actually): We Can Solve Hunger With Numbers

Maria Rose Belding | Posted 12.04.2015 | Impact
Maria Rose Belding

Math matters, for developing strategy, discovering the big picture and daring to think as differently as we have about hunger and food waste. Math can draw us a map of where to go next and numbers can lead us down paths we never considered before.

My Garden Doesn't Grow Like Yours Does!

Elissa Davey | Posted 12.04.2015 | Women
Elissa Davey

Many ask us how we can do this, because burying a baby is the hardest thing to do in the whole wide world! Our answer back is: "How can we not?" It's the right thing to do.

Virtue Adorns Beauty -- Virtutem Forma Decorat

Alison O’Neil | Posted 11.30.2015 | Women
Alison O’Neil

Recognize that same sensation experienced with eyes open -- the colors and shapes of an inspiring painting; the lines of an elegant dress, a beautifully garnished culinary delight. Keep your eyes open because those experiences are everywhere.

Worthy of Grace

Catherine Curry Williams | Posted 11.30.2015 | Impact
Catherine Curry Williams

To nutshell the aftermath is impossible. We were suddenly members of a club no one would ever join. But I was a mother, I told myself. I was Shane's mother. And if I couldn't have him, I decided the next best thing was to do something that would have been good for Shane and children like him.

Giving Back to the Inspiring Women Who Help Others

Karen T. Fondu | Posted 11.10.2015 | Women
Karen T. Fondu

Women of all ages, races and financial backgrounds are changing their communities and positively impacting the lives of others. These women do not seek recognition or celebrity, but choose to help others because they see a way that they can make a difference and have the passion to pursue it with all their might.

Blake Lively Raises Awareness For Rise Of Female Genital Mutilation In The U.S.

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 11.13.2015 | Impact

There’s been a whole lot of hype lately surrounding Blake Lively’s fit post-partum figure, but the actress is focused on bringing attention to a m...

Having it All: Work-Life Balance

Nancy Chang | Posted 09.17.2015 | Women
Nancy Chang

I struggle with work life balance, and I don't even have kids. My biggest responsibility is Lady, a young pup I adopted last year. I freak out about not killing my furry child, but how do people with fragile human babies navigate life and work? I give kudos to my friends and others that are working on their careers and raising

"Dirrrected" by Women

Nancy Chang | Posted 08.27.2015 | Technology
Nancy Chang

"Grrl Power" buzz has grown louder since the 90's born Riot Grrrl music movement triggered a "Girl Power" everything emphasis around celebrating girls and women. Grrl Power's continued impact is most evident in media made by women.

Why Challenges Excite Me

Maimah Karmo | Posted 07.30.2016 | Impact
Maimah Karmo

We need to exercise faith, hope, vulnerability, love and allow our experiences to hone us for the better; no matter what happens, choosing to pick ourselves up, dust off, and say, "I will not allow this experience to break me, but it will make me better and stronger today."

What My MBA Taught Me About Being ‘Different'

Emily Douglas-McNab | Posted 05.20.2015 | Women
Emily Douglas-McNab

While traveling for work, I sat next to a 26-year-old woman on a plane to Austin, Texas. She helped me relive a moment from my past that continues to be a reminder of the importance of being comfortable with who you are, especially if what you believe makes you "different."

Working the Phones on the Front Lines of Poverty

Corinne Cannon | Posted 02.11.2015 | Impact
Corinne Cannon

Today, we provide diapers, formula, baby food and hygiene items to families across the DC region through an amazing network of social service agencies.

An Identity Found Through the Power of Community

Mary K. Hoodhood | Posted 02.09.2015 | Impact
Mary K. Hoodhood

After my accident, it would have been easy for me to give up. I'm proud that I didn't give up, that I expected so much from myself, and from my community.

I Lost My Legs, But I Learned What I Wanted to Do With My Life

Stephanie Decker | Posted 02.07.2015 | Impact
Stephanie Decker

Through sheer determination, a will to live and desire to see my children grow up, get married and go to college I FOUGHT. I fought like had never fought before in my life.

To My Spirit Driven Boss Ladies

Nancy Chang | Posted 02.03.2015 | Women
Nancy Chang

Boss Ladies of the world -- you are spirit driven. You know who you are. Making the world a better place whether you are working on the proverbial low hanging fruits, or speaking truth to power.

Finding a Mission Through Tragedy: Checking Hearts and Saving Lives

Phyllis Sudman | Posted 02.02.2015 | Impact
Phyllis Sudman

My son Simon was born, beautiful and healthy, on October 21, 2004. He scored 8 and 9 on his APGAR test and was average for height and weight. He smiled for the first time at 47 days. He died suddenly a few weeks later.

Pregnant Blake Lively Stuns In A Backless Black Dress

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 12.03.2014 | Entertainment

Blake Lively looked absolutely fabulous when she stepped out for L'Oreal Paris' Women of Worth Celebration in New York City Tuesday night. The pre...

Changing Lives Through Science

Brittany Wenger | Posted 02.01.2015 | Impact
Brittany Wenger

When you find something you love, whether its science, writing or giving back, make sure you follow it for as far as it will take you and be persistent.

In Our Own Backyard: The Sad Truths of Sex Trafficking

Jenny Williamson | Posted 01.31.2015 | Impact
Jenny Williamson

Tragically, sex trafficking isn't limited to faraway places, but exists in our own backyards, schools, churches and communities. If you do not believe this is true then you haven't been looking or listening.