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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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 ...

Sheri Raleigh


Viola Mary Broussard, my Mama taught me a sense of community. She tokd me stories.Stories of courage, pain, injustice, victory and love. These stories propelled my life into areas I ...

ruth asawa

san francisco, ca

Ruth was a beautiful artist, mother of six children, wife and teacher. She inspired so many children in SF. A school was named for her. She made ...

Lou Gossett

New York

Lou Gossett shares a story about an inspiring woman in his life: his great grandmother.

Janet Murphy

Hockley, TX, United States

Laura Friend, inspires me and others everyday since the death of her 12 year old daughter Sarah in July 2004. Laura has made enormous strides to prevent sudden cardiac death ...

Anne McMahon

Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, United States

The following attached link and article describe the amazing work of Anne Ciavaglia McMahon which clearly demonstrates why she is a candidate for the nomination of PBS Inspiring Woman. Strictly speaking, ...

Faith Harding

Makawao, HI, United States

I cannot pick one category for this remarkable woman - Schar Freeman. She is an artist, an activist and hula practitioner. She has such a force of activism. She has ...

Ginny Lester

San Antonio, TX, United States

Anusheh Ansari was born an Iranian Muslim in 1966. A Persian & French speaker, in 1984, she emigrated to the USA & learned English. She is an Iranian-American engineer & ...

Angela Maiorca

My Granny Kirk (1892-1991) Inspires me every day remembering her joy, grace and eternal curiosity in life. My cousin's memorial letter is a testament to her spirit.

M'Layne Murphy

Portland, OR, United States

My grandmother is the little girl with the necklace. Her family came to Dallas County Texas in 1844. She grew-up to be a versatile musician. She could play the piano ...

Rev Sharon Risher


My mother, Ethel Lance was killed in a church because of racial hate in Charleston, SC in Emanuel AME Church On June 17, 2015. Her life and death has strengthen me ...

Andie Petrillo

Lancaster, PA, United States

The two women who inspire most are my grandmother and my mom. My maternal grandmother came from Italy when she was just 5 years old and could only speak Italian. ...

Ruben Santiago-Hudson

Ruben Santiago-Hudson took a moment to record a story for American Masters' #InspiringWomanPBS campaign. Learn about Rachel Crosby, the woman behind the character Nanny in "Lackawanna Blues."

Stuart Utley

Madison, WI, United States

South African Artist, Babalwa Mhlauli, expresses heartfelt emotions regarding her country, its leaders and troubled times, to provide a beacon of hope for the children she cares so deeply about. ...

Rosa Yåñez-Islas

Odessa, TX, United States

My mother, Alejandra Bautista Trejo, was a woman who surpassed expectations imposed by a patriarchal society. She left her small town in rural Mexico to work in the nation's capital. A ...