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 the lives of Dr. Maya Angelou and Lorraine Hansberry: artistic expression, academic success, active community engagement and acceptance of difference. The Inspiring Woman campaign is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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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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Carmen de Lavallade

New York City, NY, United States

American actress, dancer and choreographer Carmen de Lavallade tells the story of her cousin, ballet dancer Janet Collins. "There are times in your life when you want to give up, ...

Katie Mann


You really threw my for a loop in filling out this form. “Select a theme.” Are we artistic expression? Community engagement? Or embracing diversity? Personally, I think ...

Julie Babyar

San Francisco, CA, United States

To inspire. To lead, engage, motivate. To ignite light in others. Tina Ward. I have many connections with inspiring women everywhere. When I reflect on those who bring positive community impact ...

Judy little

La Verne, CA, United States

No single person has influenced me more than Mary Baker Eddy. Although she died in 1910, her writings are sharply relevant for today's world. Along with my Bible, I read ...

Gloria Harrison

Azusa, CA, United States

Mary Baker Eddy is my inspiration. She inspires me to become a spiritual healer like she was and to help others to be spiritual thinkers. Mary Baker Eddy authored the book, ...

Lora Englehart

West Chester, PA, United States

Mary Ann Shadd Cary (1823-1893) used the gifts she was given to lift up all people, but especially people of color, women and children. In her life, she fought slavery, ...

Tara Marta


Born in 1921, my Aunt Anna grew up in Brooklyn, New York at a time when women had few choices. Though she longed to attend college, she had to quit ...

Racine Dews


Mary Baker Eddy is the woman I am inspired by because she established a world-wide religion, established The Christian Science Monitor which is an international news magazine, and authored the ...

Jean Willets

Des Moines

Mary Baker Eddy the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science in her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures embraces all mankind in its diverse expression with God's ...

Berta Maria Hines, M.D.

Portland, OR, United States

Ingeborg Hermine Leubner from the Czech Republic gave me life and Marianne Schosser Hines gave me a life. She legally adopted me in Augsburg, Germany as a single woman at ...

Lisa Gage

Valley Springs Ca, United States

Broke my neck in a car wreck in 1977 while pregnant with this guy! Now he is forty and 6'9. Never anyone before me in the US. It was a ...

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 ...