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Yi So-Yeon

There’s not many South Korean women more inspirational than Yi So-Yeon. Growing up in a small town where most employment opportunities were involved in agriculture, generations before her were forbidden from learning to read and write in order to free up time to work the land. Her passion for engineering came from watching her dad performing DIY around the house and helping him with odd jobs. This inspired her to do very well at science and engineering at school, her performances earning her a place on the gifted program at her high school. It wasn’t long until she was granted a place at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology studying Mechanical Engineering and Biosystems at Ph.D level. At one point during her Ph.D, she presented at an international event in Japan, attended by over 40 countries and she was the only female! In 2006, So-Yeon become a finalist,…

Ronda Rousey

A September 2015 poll called her the Best Female Athlete Ever. Ronda Jean Rousey is a mixed martial artist, judoka, and actress. The Bronze Medal winner in the 2008 Summer Olympics, she was the first American woman to win a medal in the sport of judo. Her other achievements include: One-time UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champion Winner of twelve consecutive MMA fights The youngest of three girls, Rousey struggled with speech and language development as a child due to a condition called apraxia which affects speech and sound. Her family relocated from California to North Dakota so Ronda could receive more intense speech therapy at Minot State University. Struggling with the death by suicide of her father, Rousey endured many childhood difficulties.  Earning a GED after dropping out of high school, Rousey chose not to pursue a traditional line of work. She started studying Judo with her…

Claudia de la Cruz

In 2004, Claudia de la Cruz participated in the Miss World Pageant representing the Dominican Republic. While often admired for the beautiful woman she is, there is far more to de la Cruz than her physical beauty. Also an actress, television host, and model, Claudia has become an activist for girls and women up to thirty years old. She founded the organization, Da Urban Butterflies to help girls and women of Dominican and Puerto Rican descent, particularly those living in urban areas, learn leadership, community activism, and empowerment. Advocating for local community and worldwide involvement, she helps young women take charge of, and actively participate in, the world around them. Although, a native of the Bronx, Claudia is proud of her Dominican ancestry and wants to help other young women of color find this same sense of pride. She is a graduate John Jay College of Criminal Justice, earning a…

Yao Chen

In 2014, Forbes listed Chinese actress Yao Chen as the 83rd most powerful woman in the world. Born in the Fujian province of China, the star of rom-coms and action flicks has been dubbed the Angelina Jolie of China. Yao Chen made her acting debut in 2005’s My Own Swordsman. She went on to play in the show, Undercover, and made her stage debut as the heroine of A Story of Lala’s Promotion in 2009. Chen won the Golden Eagle Award for Best Actress in 2010. A media darling Chen is a beautiful, young woman, wife and mother. She could settle comfortably into her own little world and simply bask in fame if she chose to do so. Far from hiding behind her fame, Yao Chen uses it to advocate for the charities and environmental and human rights causes she supports, one of which is the United Nations Refugee Agency.…

Celebrating Women – All Year Long

Women have made significant contributions toward making society what it is today. In the US, UK, and Australia, Women’s History Month acknowledges and celebrates these contributions. In 1911, the first International Women’s Day was held. In 1978, the Sonoma, California School District spawned the first Women’s History Week, commencing annually on March 8th. In 1979, Sarah Lawrence College hosted a two-week conference centered on women’s history. When its participants were informed of the success of the Sonoma County’s Women’s History Week celebration, they started similar commemorations in their organizations and school districts. Women’s History Week became a national day of celebration in the US in 1980 when then President Jimmy Carter, issued a presidential proclamation reading, in part, “From the first settlers who came to our shores, from the first American Indian families who befriended them, men and women have worked together to build this nation. Too often the women…

Susan Burton

Susan Burton is an amazing woman who proves that no matter what life throws your way, you can overcome it! She’s proof that it’s never too late to recreate yourself, improve your future, and create a life you’ll love living! Born and raised in the projects of East Los Angeles, her childhood was harrowing and full of challenges. She was further devastated in her young adulthood when her five-year-old son was accidentally struck and killed by a police car. Devastated by the loss of her son, Burton turned to drugs to alleviate her grief and was eventually arrested and convicted for her use of crack cocaine. She became addicted to crack cocaine while struggling through the grief process with no therapy in an underprivileged, disadvantaged community. Burton went on to spend most of the 1980s and 90s in and out of jail. She was arrested and confined to jail or…

Sherri Dickson

Sherri Dickson is an amazing woman. Most women consider their childbearing years over by the time they reach their fiftieth birthday. In fact, they’re often into the joys of being a doting, grandmother by that time. Being a grandmother comes with a special set of privileges. It has many of the same joys of motherhood without the months of heartburn, extra weight, stretchmarks, diaper duty, and terrible twos. That’s part of what makes Sherri such an exceptional woman. Amazingly, Sherri gave birth – to her own granddaughter. Not only that, she did so while battling multiple sclerosis, a debilitating autoimmune disease that wreaks havoc on the central nervous system. Sherri’s daughter, Mandy Stephens, looked forward to having children soon after her marriage in 2013. The couple was heartbroken to learn that natural conception wasn’t working for them. Stephens eventually became pregnant, but miscarried the baby boy they had decided to…

Margaret H. Woodward

Margaret H. Woodward is a decorated member of the United States Air Force. Born in 1960, Woodward was raised in India and Pakistan, where her father was employed by the US Agency for International Development. Her family later relocated to California. She went on to graduate from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering. She then attended Air Command and Staff College at Air University. Woodward went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Aviation Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida. A great believer in education, she earned a second Master’s Degree in National Security Strategy from National War College. Woodward joined the US Air Force the year after obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree. She spent the majority of her military career refueling aircraft. While she was growing up in Pakistan, she dreamed of one day flying an aircraft. She was saddened an annoyed when…

Malala Yousafzai

The youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate, Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani activist for the education of girls and women. In a culture where girls were at one time banned from attending school, Malala’s efforts at education reform for girls has become an international movement. Injuries she suffered in 2012 following an assassination attempt by a Taliban gunman, ignited an outpouring of support for Malala and her cause. Dubbed the most famous teenager in the world, she used the ensuing fame to become a rising activist for the education of women and girls. Her story is chronicled in the documentary, He Named Me Malala. Other notable achievements include: Named one of Time magazine’s Most Influential Global People from 2013 to 2015 Received Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize in 2012 Was the co-recipient, along with Kailash Satyarthi, Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 Of Sunni Muslim decent, Malala was named after a famous…

Amount of Sugar Stacked in your Typical Foods

Extra sugar is always added to our food by the manufacturers to improve the taste as most people prefer sweetened foods to otherwise. Most of the foods we eat undergo different factory processes before releasing to the market. For instance, manufacturers extract fat from a processed meat and add sugar to improve its blander taste. These manufacturing processes are the main problems of the food we are eating. Many of our foods (such as low-fat snacks, granola bars, yogurt, and fruit flavored water) we think is healthy today contain as much sugar we could think of. Sometimes, sugar is added just like the salt believing it helps extend some foods’ shelf life, especially some food like breakfast cereals, vegetables, bread, and tinned fruit. This has created an avenue to eat more sugar beyond what our body can manage on account of not knowing when all these sugars are being consumed.…