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Mar.09.2012
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Women’s abilities are always being called into question. Take Rick Santorum's poke at women being too emotion for duty at the front lines of combat situations. A select corps of women is fighting back. Read the story of one American and two Afghani teenagers who are trying to make history and...
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Feb.07.2012
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It’s one thing to accept total responsibility for yourself, but there’s far more self-reliance and strength of character involved when you’ve undertaken an adventure nearly two months long, alone, and trekking nearly blind in the vast, cold region of Antarctica. In January Felicity Aston became...
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Jan.28.2012
In spite of her family being homeless one 17-year-old girl has stayed focused. Samantha Garvey recently discovered she's being considered for a national prestigious science award, and hopes to get a full scholarship to college to study marine biology. Read her story on my Living in the Heartland...
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Jan.16.2012
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PLUS Model Magazine, according to an article by Tamara Abraham for the United Kingdom-based online blog Daily Mail, has sparked controversy. See if you can guess what the controversy is from the accompanying photograph. Then check out my Living in the Heartland blog to find out more. 
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Jan.14.2012
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As a young teenager Lateefah seemed to be going nowhere. She dropped out of school and was on probation for shoplifting. Then someone offered her a different path. She changed directions and at 19 she took over a women's center helped women and girls find hope. Read this MacArthur Foundation Genus...
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Jan.06.2012
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I overheard a woman say, “Girls can be SO catty.” The woman she was talking to responded, “They ARE, aren’t they!” It was a lesson my mother taught me. Her point was: “Don’t trust girls, they’re out to hurt you.” This year I discovered how important other women are to each other. Read more on my...
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Dec.12.2011
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In order to break the cycle of girls growing into women who see their worth in terms of image, we need to talk to them about what really makes them beautiful. Read more about author Lisa Bloom’s advice to women about talking to girls on my Living in the Heartland blog.
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Nov.30.2011
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Angela Addington is a database geek. It comes in handy as she matches a storehouse of toys with deserving children. She’s the founder of Hannah's Treasure Chest, a charitable organization that collects gentle-used items then channels them through community service organizations to children who...
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Nov.14.2011
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Erin Curtiss is a midwife in Seattle. Haiti has a desperate for midwives. Women in Haiti are fifty times more likely to die during childbirth than women in America. Erin volunteered to go to Haiti to lend a hand. She was unprepared for what she discovered. Read her story on my Living in the...
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Nov.06.2011
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mericans persist in telling and retelling the Thanksgiving story. It is a well-meaning celebration of the bounty of the land of the country and thanks to the Native American people who helped the Pilgrims who had newly immigrated. But Thanksgiving is a legend, a myth. Read about a Native American...
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Oct.24.2011
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Mary Ann Angel might be described as the little mouse that roars. Her outward demeanor is neither loud nor forceful. However, her strength, unbounded energy to do good deeds, her concern for humanity, and readiness to extend the warmth of friendship is what demonstrate that this soft-spoken woman...
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Oct.04.2011
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Life is tough for women in Afghanistan. The lack of childcare may seem like a trivial matter until you consider the need of one mother. Without child care options she has to fly dangerous supply missions to remote areas and disaster zones in a military helicopter – her 5-year-old daughter alongside...
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Sep.15.2011
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The saying goes: You can’t fool Mother Earth. Those who think they can will have to contend with Vandana Shiva. Shiva is an environmental activist who has won numerous international awards for her three decades of work to protect natural resources and promote organic farming and fair trade. Time...
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Sep.15.2011
The saying goes: You can’t fool Mother Earth. Those who think they can will have to contend with Vandana Shiva. Shiva is an environmental activist who has won numerous international awards for her three decades of work to protect natural resources and promote organic farming and fair trade. Time...
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Sep.09.2011
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Perry Barber was a singer/songwriter growing up in the 1970s. She did office work for Gladys Knight, and performed as an opener for Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, and Hall and Oates. But music was not to be her calling. Instead, her career path lay on the baseball infield. Perry is one of a handful...
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