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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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 ...

Gail Morris


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


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 ...

Lakia Echols

Far Rockaway, NY, United States

Lakia Echols, founder of MakeMyMotherProud in FarRockaway, NY is an inspiring community leader who motivates the youth with continuing education and life paths. She gaves selfless service providing different opportunities ...

Marie Josee Zamor


I know a queen, her name sounds sweet. She cares for me, more than she cares for her. Her knowledge is great, and she’s known to all, as honest and ...

Denise Dyer

Atlanta, GA, United States

My dynamic life coach and public speaker Dr. Denise Dyer, has been such a phenomenal woman and force who has changed my life tremendously! I first met her at my ...

April Williams


The woman who has inspired me is my mother. She to was raped, as a teenager she chose to have the (baby) me. My mother took comfort in the ...