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Women of Worth

'Tis the Season of Light: How the Brilliance of Individual Points of Light Brightens our World

Tracy Hoover | Posted 12.27.2016 | Impact
Tracy Hoover

Whether it's the glare from my neighbors' overdone rooftop spectacle, the simple beauty of the menorah that graces my friend's table or the glow of th...

Menstruation Matters

Nadya Okamoto | Posted 11.28.2016 | Impact
Nadya Okamoto

When it comes to global development, in working to advance families and break the cycle of poverty, women's empowerment is the key--and a major obstac...

As The World Worries About "Isis" And Rightfully So, But

Diane Latiker | Posted 11.23.2016 | Impact
Diane Latiker

ISIS is responsible for taking dozens of lives at a time, and these attacks certainly warrant regular media attention. What I don't understand is why ...

This Teen Is Bringing Menstrual Products To Homeless Women Around The World

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 11.23.2016 | Women

Nadya Okamoto was 15 years old when her mother lost her job and her family became legally homeless. In an instant, Okamoto’s life became nights couc...

The Road To Success Is Paved With Heart Work

Debbie Sardone | Posted 11.18.2016 | Impact
Debbie Sardone

I have very distinct memories of my first job making $1.60 per hour at the age of 14. I put on an apron and stood behind the cash register at the loca...

Gracie's Gowns

Jessica Kidd | Posted 11.17.2016 | Impact
Jessica Kidd

Virgil wrote in The Aeneid, "it is easy to go down into Hell; night and day the fates of dark death stand wide; but to climb back up again, to retrace...

Who is Caring for the Caregiver?

Marian Hamilton | Posted 11.17.2016 | Impact
Marian Hamilton

Can you imagine your doctor calling on a Friday afternoon with the diagnosis of mesothelioma -- a fatal form of cancer -- and leaving you to agonize a...

Homeless youth are not a problem, they are our future

Kathy Tillotson | Posted 11.17.2016 | Impact
Kathy Tillotson

I am honored to be a L'Oréal Paris Women of Worth, recognized for making an extraordinary difference in my community. As a recipient, my organizatio...

Why I Fight for Children

Carly Yoost | Posted 11.17.2016 | Impact
Carly Yoost

What does it mean to be a "woman of worth"? Before this esteemed recognition by L'Oréal Paris, I had never self-identified as anyone other than a dau...

LESLIE'S WEEK: Stage 4 Breast Cancer

Sandra Gunn | Posted 11.21.2016 | Impact
Sandra Gunn

Everything that defines us as females is taken away from Stage 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer women. Surgery takes their breasts; Chemotherapy removes the...

The Rory Staunton Foundation for Sepsis Prevention

Orlaith Staunton | Posted 11.15.2016 | Impact
Orlaith Staunton

I am a mother who lost a child who could have been saved. One Wednesday in March of 2012 my son came home from school with two band aids on his arm....

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 12.04.2016 | 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 12.04.2016 | 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 12.03.2016 | 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 12.03.2016 | 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 12.02.2016 | 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 12.01.2016 | 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 12.02.2016 | 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 12.01.2016 | 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 11.30.2016 | 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 11.30.2016 | 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 11.10.2016 | 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 09.16.2016 | 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