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Iranian-American engineer, Anousheh Ansari, was born in Iran and raised in Tehran. She immigrated with her family to the United States in 1984. Earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from George Mason University and a Master’s Degree from George Washington University, she started her career at telecommunications giant, MCI. Ansari married in 1991 and two years later, convinced her husband and brother to start a new business in the telecommunications industry. The trio founded Telecom Technologies Inc., funding it with retirement funds and personal savings. Telecom fostered assimilation between existing telecommunication networks and next-generation networks by using software switching technology. They eventually sold this company. An enthusiastic champion of technology and social entrepreneurship, Anousheh had long hoped for a chance to experience the thrill of exploring space. Ansari’s family investment firm, Prodea, formed a partnership with Space Adventures, Ltd. and the Federal Space Agency of the…

Martha Stewart has become an iconic American businesswoman. The founder of Martha Stewart Living, she’s found amazing success in a variety of business endeavors. Stewart has written several bestselling books, is involved in broadcasting, merchandising, and has branched into e-commerce. In addition to her best-selling line of products, her popular Martha Stewart Living magazine, and syndicated television shows have made hers a household name. Born in New Jersey into a middle-class family, Stewart is of Polish-American heritage. Always in possession of a strong work ethic, she began babysitting when she was only ten years old for the children of team members of the New York Yankees, including Gil McDougald, Mickey Mantle, and Yogi Berra. At fifteen, she started modelling and doing television commercials. She continued to model while attending Barnard College, majoring in European History and Architectural History. Following her marriage, Stewart began her career as a stockbroker. She and…

Indian television journalist, Barkha Dutt, is noted for her reporting on the frontline of the Kargil Conflict between India and Pakistan during the war in 1999. While women have made great strides in the world of wartime and investigative journalism, she has set herself part in a career often dominated by men. Born in New Delhi to prominent parents, she credits them with rousing her interest in journalism and journalistic integrity. The influence of her father, an Air India official and journalist, and her mother, also a well renowned woman journalist in India, is apparent in her career and that of her sister, both of whom are journalists. Barkha Dutt is a graduate of St. Stephen’s College where she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature. She went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Mass Communications from Jamia Millia Islamia Mass Communication Research Center. She eventually earned a second…

Women are often acknowledged for the great strides they make in their careers. Teocah Dove received awards and recognition for her dedication to volunteerism. She started volunteering when she was only sixteen years old. Named one of The Queen’s Young Leaders Award recipients, she takes her place in history for her commitment to serving others. Dove’s perspective on helping others live abundant lives is evident in the following quote. “As I understand my calling, I reminisce on Hafsat Abiola’s quote, ‘Peace comes from being able to contribute the best that we have, and all that we are, toward creating a world that supports everyone. But it is also securing the space for others to contribute the best that they have and all that they are. She goes on to say, “One of my main aims is to empower others to achieve their maximum potential, secure their space, and contribute all…

Historically, it was a rarity to see women serve in the military in any capacity. Today’s military women do it all. These courageous women lead command airstrikes, are fighter pilots, fight in combat, and serve as Navy Seals. They also serve in many scientific and healthcare related military fields. In 2012, Captain Maria Urso received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from then President Barak Obama. What led to this historic achievement? Urso earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Rhode Island and followed it with a Master of Science Degree in Kinesiology from the same institution. She went on to earn a degree as a Doctor of Philosophy in Kinesiology from the University of Massachusetts. In 2006, Maria Urso was commissioned into the Army and served four years as a captain. She found this work intriguing and fulfilling enough to stay on…

Born with Usher syndrome, which caused her to be deaf, Becca Meyers is a championship swimmer. Despite her lifelong and ongoing battle with this rare syndrome, which causes deafness and will lead to her eventual total blindness, Meyers has an unflagging work ethic that keeps her going. From a young age, she’s used a cochlear implant to enhance her hearing. While growing up in Baltimore, Meyers learned to ski at just five years old. At six, she learned to water ski. These accomplishments were not easy for a young girl with no hearing and limited sight, but she refused to be held back. “I just wanted to be with my brother and sister,” she said. “Just because I was deaf and going blind doesn’t mean I was disabled.” At thirteen, she calmly and confidently informed her parents that she would compete in the 2012 and 2016 Paralympics. Her parents raised…

“My father took one of the toughest jobs in the government because he cared about his nation more than himself. His courage and conviction have always driven me to want to make a difference.” These are the words of Padis Sabeti, the Iranian-American geneticist who made history by developing a scientific method for identifying sections of the genome that identify natural selection and examine the effects of genetics on the progression of disease. Although, Sabeti was born in Tehran, her family fled to the United States during the Iranian Revolution. After they settled in Florida, Sabeti went on to attend the famed Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she majored in biology. She was also class president and graduated with a 5.0 grade point average. An exceptional student and scholar, she also played competitive tennis and planned on a career as a writer, florist, or doctor. While at MIT, she worked…

Simone Biles, a native of Ohio, born in 1997, has turned out to be one of Top America’s gymnasts. She won her first U.S and world all-around title in 2013 after dominating at all junior elite level. Due to her versatility, she progressed by taking a record 3rd straight world all-around title in the year 2015. She went further to lead “The Final Five,” U.S. Olympic women’s gymnastics team, dominating the competition by winning gold at the 2016 Summer Games, and also winning gold in the women’s vault and floor exercise, individual all-around, and bronze in the balance beam. Simone Biles is typically the most decorated American gymnast, with 19 Olympic and World Championship medals. EARLY LIFE Simone Biles was given birth to in Columbus, Ohio, on the 14th of March, 1997. Biles and her sister, Adria, were brought up by their grandmother Nellie and grandfather Ron, after their mother’s…

Nоrа Ephron wаѕ bоrn on Mау 19, 1941 in New Yоrk Citу. Hеr essays initiаllу grаbbеd attention in the early 1970ѕ, аnd bу thе 1980ѕ, she bеgаn to trаnѕitiоn intо ѕсrееnwriting. Eрhrоn wrоtе thе ѕсrееnрlау for thе rоmаntiс comedy сlаѕѕiс Whеn Hаrrу Mеt Sаllу. Lаtеr, she wrote and dirесtеd Sleepless in Seattle, Yоu’vе Gоt Mаil аnd Juliе & Juliа (2009). Eрhrоn diеd frоm рnеumоniа, саuѕеd bу acute myeloid lеukеmiа, оn Junе 26, 2012, at thе аgе оf 71. Early Cаrееr Nоrа Eрhrоn was bоrn оn Mау 19, 1941 in Nеw York, Nеw Yоrk. A tаlеntеd writеr аnd dirесtоr, Ephron iѕ knоwn for hеr successful rоmаntiс соmеdiеѕ, ѕuсh as Whеn Harry Mеt Sally (1989) аnd Slеерlеѕѕ in Sеаttlе (1993). Thе daughter of writеrѕ, ѕhе grеw uр in Lоѕ Angеlеѕ, fееling muсh like аn outsider. Shе wеnt east tо gо tо ѕсhооl at Wеllеѕlеу Cоllеgе in Mаѕѕасhuѕеttѕ. Gifted with a ѕhаrр wit,…

On hеr last mission, Eileen Collins bесаmе thе first (and сurrеntlу оnlу) fеmаlе Shuttle соmmаndеr. On hеr nеxt, ѕhе will соmmаnd thе hiѕtоriс STS-114 “Rеturn tо Flight” miѕѕiоn, thе firѕt аftеr thе Columbia trаgеdу. On bесоming an аѕtrоnаut: Shuttlе Commander Eilееn Collins “Whеn I was vеrу уоung аnd first ѕtаrtеd rеаding аbоut astronauts, there were no wоmеn аѕtrоnаutѕ.” Hоwеvеr, ѕhе was inѕрirеd whilе she wаѕ a child bу the Mеrсurу astronauts, аnd by thе time ѕhе wаѕ in high school аnd соllеgе, new орроrtunitiеѕ wеrе ореning uр fоr women in aviation. “Mу timing wаѕ rеаllу grеаt,” ѕhе ѕаid. Cоllinѕ jоinеd the Air Fоrсе, аnd during hеr firѕt month оf training, hеr bаѕе was visited by the nеwеѕt аѕtrоnаut сlаѕѕ-thе firѕt tо include wоmеn-аnd hеr раth wаѕ ѕеt. “I wаntеd tо bе раrt оf оur nation’s ѕрасе рrоgrаm. It’ѕ thе grеаtеѕt аdvеnturе оn thiѕ рlаnеt-оr оff thе planet, fоr that mаttеr.…