Inspiring Woman

Join us in celebrating the powerful, creative and innovative women in our lives. Inspiring Woman is a year-long online campaign based on themes central to Dr. Maya Angelou’s life: artistic expression, academic achievement, community engagement and embracing diversity.

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It could be your mother, a friend or a teacher. Have they expressed themselves artistically? Worked to better their community? Achieved academic success? Empowered others and embraced diversity? Share their stories here.
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Shomari Beamon

Waterbury, CT, United States

Iyanla Vanzant inspires me because I feel my life thus far has paralleled a portion of hers. From domestic violence, burying a child, to despite completing various educational ventures...having no ...

Jocelyn Davidson

Stafford, VA, United States

My Mom, she was one of the first girls at her school in a rural Virginia town to take shop class because she wanted to. At first she was told ...

Tina Ecker

Albuquerque, NM, United States

How do you describe in a few words someone who every year fundamentally alters the future of 25 to 35 young people? My life partner is a master teacher, yet ...

Matthew Traina

My story is about my mom. She is my everything. She has done so much for me and I lover her. My mom is the best. Everyone who meets her ...

Terri Hartwell Easter

Washington, DC, United States

Easter, founder and Principal of T.H. Easter Consulting, was recently awarded three Stevie awards including Executive of the Year, Woman of the Year, and Minority Owned Business of the Year. ...

Kathleen Burkinshaw

Charlotte, NC, United States

My mom, Toshiko Ishikawa Hilliker, was a Hibakusha. At the tender age of 12, she lost her home, family, and friends in one day. She was too young to fully ...

Kavita Das

New York, NY, United States

Lakshmi Shankar: The Inspiring Woman in the Movement that Brought Indian Music to the West By Kavita Das Among the most evocative sounds of the late 1960’s are the exotic strains of the ...

Sue Perlgut

Ithaca, NY, United States

Constance Eberhardt Cook (1919-2009) was a woman ahead of her time. She was a graduate of Cornell law school in 1943, one of only a few female corporate lawyers in ...

Alice Waters

Berkeley, CA, United States

Alice Waters shares her Inspiring Woman: Michelle Obama. During her time in the White House, Mrs. Obama planted a vegetable garden on the White House lawn and championed healthy eating ...

Jacques Pépin

Connecticut, United States

Iconic chef and teacher Jacques Pépin shares his Inspiring Woman - his mother. He also talks about the many women in his family who worked as chefs and ran restaurants.

Cindy Kearney

Bethany, OK, United States

I'm trying to write my Mother's life story. She is 91 and has lived such an inspiring life. After retiring as a telephone operator she worked at Will Rogers Senior ...

Adele Fricker

Elkins Park, PA United States

Sharon Katz was born in Port Elizabeth, now known as Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa. As a teenager she used to sneak into "Blacks Only" townships and began her life-long ...

Chris Larkin

Las Cruces

I recommend you do a profile of artist/community activist/legend Clara Wainwright of Boston/Cambridge, MA. Here are links to stories on her: Visionaries: Creative Power Couple Bill And Clara Wainwright A Quiet Kind of ...

Dr. Barbara O. Taylor

Hobe Sound, Florida

Jill Kerr Conway is a noted historian, past president of Smith College (1975-1985), professor at MIT and an authority on the status of women, their histories (many "forgotten" women), and ...

Alexander Nacol

Reston, VA, United States

My name is Alexander, I’m in 5th Grade, and this is my submission for Inspiring Woman. My school has a VERY GOOD art teacher named Suzy Scollon. She has taught ...