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Women of Worth

What Lea Michele Thinks Women Need To Do For Each Other

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 04.16.2014 | Women

What does it take to get to the top -- without losing your center? Our “Making It Work” series profiles successful, dynamic women who are standout...

Honoring the Heroes All Around Me

Estella Pyfrom | Posted 02.05.2014 | Impact
Estella Pyfrom

As a lifelong educator, equipping a bus with computers and taking it to underserved areas was no more heroic than anything else I had done. All I did was identify a problem and pitch in and help.

A Different Kind of Merry: What Sheer Happiness Looks Like

Lori Lee | Posted 02.05.2014 | Impact
Lori Lee

I can honestly say I did not plan any of what happened next. It just happened. Rather than break the news to my three young children that we would be heading back to the hospital for another battle, the only words I could form were, "Let's start Christmas right now."

I Believe That Domestic Abuse Is Preventable

Somy Ali | Posted 02.04.2014 | Impact
Somy Ali

While law enforcement and the courts can indeed be helpful, sometimes they are not. It is my experience that the best way to help victims before their situations become lethal involves a community-based effort.

Straight from the Heart: Fostering Joy

Patty Boles | Posted 02.04.2014 | Impact
Patty Boles

Little did we realize that our desire for another child would come true 10 times. Or that we would care for over 100 sick and medically fragile babies.

Bringing Mental Illness Into the Open Saves Lives

Tricia Baker | Posted 02.03.2014 | Impact
Tricia Baker

Every time I hear reporters ask "Why" I want to jump through the TV screen and shake them. It is frustrating to me that the media is still so woefully uninformed about mental health.

Homeless Youth: Are We Looking Hard Enough for the Keys to Open More Doors?

Susan Garcia Trieschmann | Posted 02.03.2014 | Impact
Susan Garcia Trieschmann

Why are there street people when there are church steeples only a block away? This has stuck with me since the first time I heard it in a song writte...

The "Golden" Years

Kimberly Iverson | Posted 02.02.2014 | Impact
Kimberly Iverson

They are our current generation of American seniors. They've reached what should be the "Golden Years" of life, yet are often unable to experience the favored years they fought so hard to achieve.

It's OK to Tell: The Power of Voice

Lauren Book | Posted 02.02.2014 | Impact
Lauren Book

Voice is a funny thing. It can be lost, found, raised and quelled. It costs nothing, but is worth everything. When I learned that 95 percent of sexual abuse can be prevented through education and awareness, I knew I couldn't run from my story.

How to Raise Your Children: With Love

Maria D'Angelo | Posted 02.01.2014 | Impact
Maria D'Angelo

I have seen families ripped apart by incest and violence, children thrown away, left and abandoned at an early age. I have also witnessed what it can do to a child if their neglect is not taken into account, recognized, soothed and validated. These children will grow up to have no respect for human life as a young adult. It is a continuous cycle.

Choosing Compassion

Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis | Posted 02.01.2014 | Impact
Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis

On the morning of Dec. 14, 2012 inside the walls of Sandy Hook Elementary, our school endured a tragedy beyond comprehension. 26 lives were taken far too soon, senselessly and brutally. In the midst of such unimaginable loss, loss that could have very well been the loss of my own life, I had to find meaning again.

Think Differently: Use Your Passions to Give Back

Tracy Hoover | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Tracy Hoover

Giving back and helping others is not only a gift but an opportunity for personal growth and, let's face it, a chance to feel good. As we head into the holiday season, why not personalize your approach and use your passions to inspire and help others?

What You Do Matters

Sue Runsvold | Posted 02.26.2013 | Impact
Sue Runsvold

I realized, I can make a difference! I may not be able to do something grand, big, important by the worlds standards but I can react, behave and, most importantly, share, in a way that creates a positive outcome for someone else.

Compassion in a Time of Crisis

Sarah Cronk | Posted 02.26.2013 | Impact
Sarah Cronk

In consciously working to make my school a more accepting and inclusive place, I finally understood the power that even the smallest acts of compassion have to change an entire school and community.

Why We Really Give During the Holidays

Sandy Puc' | Posted 02.26.2013 | Impact
Sandy Puc'

I believe that the truest giving is completely anonymous. When you keep your identity a secret you make the gift that much more special and protect the recipient's dignity.

Why Child Advocacy Centers Work

Risa Ferman | Posted 02.26.2013 | Impact
Risa Ferman

If Centre County, Pennsylvania had a child advocacy center in 1998, Jerry Sandusky's crimes would have been brought to light a decade earlier, sparing years of agony for his victims.

PEN Pals Book Club and Support Group for Children of Incarcerated Parents

Olivia Stinson | Posted 02.26.2013 | Impact
Olivia Stinson

We all look forward to the time we spend at the meetings, a little time when you can just relax and have fun, good times that young people should have and a little time to just enjoy life.

Evolution of a Trash Picker

Lorraine Kerwood | Posted 02.26.2013 | Impact
Lorraine Kerwood

There is great value in our nation's discards. Not only can they be redistributed to people who couldn't otherwise afford them, but it turns out that reuse is anywhere from 4-10 times more energy efficient than recycling: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, right?

Making a House a Home With Furniture Sharehouse

Kate Bialo | Posted 02.26.2013 | Impact
Kate Bialo

Now I don't know about your neighborhoods, but in my town, I see perfectly good furniture discarded at the curb every day -- furniture that I know a struggling family would be so grateful to receive. I created Furniture Sharehouse to bring them together.

Helping the Have-Nots

Ida Johnson | Posted 02.25.2013 | Impact
Ida Johnson

I try to help those children and their families so their poverty doesn't destroy them. I know I must do everything in my power to make sure that doesn't happen.

We Must Help Our Nation's Homeless Children Get an Education

Catherine Meek | Posted 02.25.2013 | Impact
Catherine Meek

Frankie has trouble focusing on his homework and paying attention in school; he has fights in the schoolyard; he has serious mood swings; he has no friends. He lives with his mother and two sisters in one room in a homeless shelter. Frankie is one of our students.

It's Time for Hospitals to Help Families in a New Way‏

Amy Paterson | Posted 02.25.2013 | Impact
Amy Paterson

Drop-in child care at a hospital means fewer missed appointments, greater compliance with treatment plans, more hands-free nurses and more on-time patients which in turn translates to more on-time doctors.

You Can Nominate a Woman of Worth

Kerry Washington | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kerry Washington

The Women of Worth program is L'Oreal's annual grassroots initiative that recognizes incredible women from all across the country who are organizing, volunteering and making a difference in their communities.

Radical Reinvention: From Poor White Trash and Abused Runaway Teen to Successful Women of Worth

Michelle Renee | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michelle Renee

Looking at core limiting beliefs -- which hold you hostage -- embracing your "now" by accepting your past and living a "dream big" life without judging yourself are the keys to reinventing your life.