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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Lois Pisanelle-Sheeler

Mesquite, TX, United States

To the world, she was an ugly, skinny, quiet yet somewhat talented young woman. To herself, she was the sky, the power of womanhood itself years ahead of her time. ...

Sylvia Garza

SugarLand, Texas, USA

My Mother, Josephine Rubio Flores, was a 10th. generation Tejana (Texan) whose ancestors settled in San Antonio in the 1700's before it was part of the USA. My Mother was ...

Brenda Nelson

Peoria, AZ, United States

Henrietta Uritz Nelson was my mother-in-law, my inspiration, role model, and my friend. She grew up in the humble embrace of a big, Jewish family in 1920s and 30s Chicago, ...

Jonna Mayberry

My grandmother Marian was a wonder. Born in 1928, she overcame great obstacles throughout her life. She helped raise her siblings until graduation, playing a huge role as a caregiver ...

Mary Lanosa

Concord, CA, United States

The inspiring woman in my life was Emerald O'Leary of San Francisco, CA. Mary Anderson was one of the 12 founding members of the Irish Women’s Liberation Movement in September 1970, ...

Cate Phipps Orive


My mother Sue is a brilliant Colorado artist who consistently challenges my basic assumptions about how the world should look. When I was twelve she broke my paradigm when she ...

Sandy Bryant


One of my core inspirational women is Sor Juana Inez De La Cruz. She was an advocate of women's rights and a wonderful poet.

Krystina Morton


My grandmother would have turned 100 this past December. She passed away in 1983, twelve days prior to my twelfth birthday. She succumbed to an extremely brave and tumultuous five ...

Dr. Zeba Vanek

Los Angeles, CA, United States

Sughra Rababi (1922 – 1994) was an artist from Pakistan. As a young female artist in the 1940s, she was the first woman to win the All India Painting Competition ...

Lisa Buch

New York, NY, United States

My older sister Karen showed me firsthand that women can hold their own in the field of science, giving me the courage to get there myself. After graduating summa cum ...

Kait Hoehne

Brooklyn, NY

My grandma, Florence, grew up in Milwaukee where she worked to raise two kids. She lived to be 94 years old, and her unconditional love, open heart and strong moral ...