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. Angelou’s life: artistic expression, academic success, active community engagement and acceptance of difference.

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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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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 ...

Patricia Muldrow

Chicago, IL, United States

Officer Goree is an ordinary officer. She started a father daughter dance with the police department. The purpose was to bridge the gap with girls and the fathers . If ...

Rosanne Cash

New York, NY, United States

Singer, songwriter and author Rosanne Cash shares how her grandmothers endurance and optimism inspires her to this day. #InspiringWomanPBS

Kelli C

Philadelphia, PA, United States

As a Pennsylvania boxing Hall of Famer, Jacquelyn Frazier-Lyde is known for her “No Excuses; Get the Job Done” attitude. A mantra coined by her father, Joe Frazier, that created ...

Domenica Rifenburgh-Lightner

Pittsburgh, PA, United States

My hero is my beautiful daughter, Victoria A. Cain. Victoria became a mother for the first time at age 18 after she had dropped out of high school and received ...

Monique Hart

Decatur, GA, United States

"Buckhead Businesses Unite to Reward Nonprofit Owner Neighbor Staff - Feb 13, 2017" Thank you for allowing us to share someone that is special to me and to the community. In ...

Suzanne Eng

Winter Garden, FL, United States

At 21 she dared to come to America in the midst of hatred for the Chinese. The Exclusion Act, excluded all Chinese into America fewer than 1,000 Chinese women entered ...

Christine Herren

Lexington, KY, United States

My grandmother is my angel. She lives in my heart from the stories my mother has told me as she died ten years before I was born. She dedicated her ...

Jeff Salzgeber

Austin, TX

In May, 2000, Caroline Boudreaux of Austin, TX seemed to “have it all.” She was just 30 years old, working in TV advertising sales and making more money than she ...

Jen Ward

Rochester, NY

Jen Ward has the most unique life story and most unique form of activism. First, Jen is a prolific author of 7 books last year alone and is a dynamic ...

Gail Morris

Seattle

I would like to see a Native American woman on this list. Here are few names in case you need suggestions: Winona LaDuke-Ojibwe White Earth, Environmentalist, Wilma Mankiller-Principal Chief of ...

kyreeana alexander

Brea, CA, United States

In June 2012 my mom and I moved to California in hopes of a new beginning in the midst of a pending divorce. For a period of time we lived ...

Gaël Blanchard

Boston

Can I say that Maya Angelou reminds me of my mother? A white, Irish Catholic woman who grew up in Boston? The best person I have ever known, and who ...