Archive for July, 2022

Women and Adversity: Fiame Naomi Mata’afa

July 28, 2022

  Women and Adversity: 21st Century Women Fiamē Naomi Mata'afa Prime Minister of Samoa I don’t know anyone who’s been to Samoa, called the “Cradle of Polynesia.” It’s an islan ...

Women and Adversity: Eleanor Roosevelt First Lady, Author, Humanitarian

March 10, 2022

I have featured Eleanor Roosevelt in the past, but for Women’s History Month I thought it appropriate to highlight her again as our most influential First Lady. An item in the winter 2022 ...

Women and Adversity: Gwendolyn Brooks, First Black to Win a Pulitzer Prize

February 24, 2022

I met Gwendolyn Brooks in 1990 when I asked her to be a featured speaker in a writers’ conference I organized at Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, Illinois. She was one of the most g ...

Women and Adversity: Maya Angelou Author, Poet, Actress, Activist

February 10, 2022

  When I read that Maya Angelou had written seven autobiographies, I doubted she could maintain interest about her life through all those books. How wrong I was. I Know Why the Caged Bir ...

Women and Adversity: Christiane Amanpour, Journalist

January 27, 2022

Women and Adversity: Christiane Amanpour, Journalist One of the most respected and recognized journalists in the world is Christiane Amanpour. She has embraced adversity by covering stories in w ...

Women and Adversity: Marie Curie

December 23, 2021

Does that perfect gift elude you? Try a biography of one of the most admired women in the world. I posted this blog in May 2021, but Marie Curie is worth reading about again. Born Maria ...

Women and Adversity: Lucille Clifton First Black Poet Laureate of Maryland

December 9, 2021

I chose to repeat my blog on Lucille Clifton because those looking for a Christmas present to give may consider her books of poetry. This woman aimed to have Americans realize, through her poe ...

Women and Adversity: Admiral Michelle J. Howard

November 11, 2021

Since it is Veterans Day, I think it’s appropriate to honor a woman who is a veteran. I never knew that a woman, Michelle Janine Howard, had reached the rank of four-star admiral in the Navy ...

Women and Adversity: Belva Ann Lockwood, First Woman to Argue Before the Supreme Court

October 28, 2021

Belva Ann Lockwood’s flamboyant manner and special ability of self-promotion helped people of her era become more aware that women had talents equal to those of men. When she was denied the ri ...

Women and Adversity: Rebecca Lee Crumpler, M.D. First Black Female Medical Doctor in U.S.

October 14, 2021

I happened to come across an article in 2020 about a fundraiser to buy a headstone for Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler. I had never heard or read about this woman, and I wondered how the first Black ...

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