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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 ...

Vivian Robinson

Harrisburg, IL, United States

My Mom is Vivian Howell Robinson. She worked her way thru College. She became a social worker and helped abused and neglected children. Using her vacation she went to Asia ...

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 ...