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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…

J. K. Rowling

The minute you hear the name JK Rowling, you probably think of Harry Potter. After publishing and producing the books and movies about the adolescent wizard, JK Rowling shot to stardom and fame. The Harry Potter series quickly became the best-selling book series in history. JK Rowling was not always as successful and prominent in the writing community as she is today. Her life is truly a classic tale of rags-to-riches. Rowlings was first inspired to write the famed series while on a train trip to London. Unfortunately, she soon started on a years-long unfortunate turn of events. In rapid succession, she lost her mother to death, gave birth to her first child, and was divorced from her first husband. She soon found herself living on state welfare benefits for nearly five years before the first Harry Potter book was published in 2007. Six sequels followed, each more anticipated…

Rosario Dawson

Rosario Dawson is an actress of Afro-Cuban, Puerto Rican, Irish and Native American descent. Dawson’s first acting role came at age fifteen in the 1995 controversial teen drama, Kids. She was born in New York City where her family moved into an abandoned building on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. They could not afford to pay rent, so in this abandoned building, the family worked together to install electrical wiring and plumbing turning the abandoned property into habitable housing, where the children were then raised. Dawson says this renovation taught her that if you wanted something better, you had to make it happen for yourself. This can-do spirit served the actress well on her career path. She followed her initial acting job with roles in He Got Game, Men in Black II, Rent, and Unstoppable. A celebrity with a heart, Rosario Dawson is an avid and vocal political…

Viola Davis

Viola Davis seemingly skyrocketed to fame, taking the American media by storm. An actor and producer, Viola is the only African American actress to be nominated for three Academy Awards. Currently starring as Annalise Keating in ABC’s hit program, How To Get Away With Murder, she started her acting career on the stage. Davis was born in St. Matthews, where her mother was a civil rights activist. Violas was jailed with her mother at two years old during a Civil Rights protest. The second youngest of six children, her family life was troubled and marred by abject poverty, dysfunction, and separation. When her family moved to Rhode Island, two of her older siblings were left behind with their grandparents. In Rhode Island, they lived in a series of subpar apartments. Davis graduated from Central Falls High School, where she fell in love with acting and the stage. She continued her…

Martha Stewart

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…

Pardis Sabeti

“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…

Matoaka Wahunsenaca (Pocahontas)

Routinely depicted in movies and cartoons, Pocahontas was, in actuality, a real Powhatan woman with a rich history and amazing life. Contrary to popular myth, Pocahontas never married Captain John Smith. Although her life is often depicted in film as fanciful and romantic, her real history is one of tragedy, triumph, and heroism. Pocahontas was her childhood nickname. Her name at birth was Matoaka. Born around 1596, she was the daughter of a Native American Powhatan, paramount chief of Tsenacommacah. She spent her childhood learning to farm, forage for food, and track down other native materials that could be used to build the thatched huts they lived in. In keeping with the Powhatan people’s tradition, she was given several names. Among them were Matoaka, Amonute, Pocahontas (a childhood nickname), and Matoax On the death of her mother at her birth, Pocahontas became a favorite of her father. He was adored…

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