Archive for the ‘Women’ Category

Women in Leadership Series: Norma Torres

Norma Torres

Could a woman whose parents sent her from Guatemala “on vacation”, become a U.S. Congresswoman? It is quite possible with Norma Torres. Earlier this year, the current California State Senator announced her intention to run for the congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod. As detailed in a recent Huffington Post article… “More […]

Seeking Nominations: UN GEM-TECH Award

UN Gem-Tech Awards

Is someone or an organization in your community worthy of the GEM-TECH Award? Women’s digital empowerment and their full participation in the information society is a key objective of UN Women and ITU. ITU (International Telecommunication Union) is the UN specialized agency for information and communication technologies (ICTs). Through the GEM-Tech Award, both UN bodies […]

Women in Leadership Series: Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris

The Women in Leadership Series seeks to shine a light on women both in leadership positions and on the rise. Spotlights will be shined on women from all sectors of society from non-profit to government to the corporate arena. Today’s spotlight is on Kamala Harris. In 2011, Harris was sworn in as the 32nd Attorney […]

Leaning into Love: A Tribute to Dr. Maya Angelou


This week the planet became a little less poetic as we witnessed the passing of the iconic and incomparable Dr. Maya Angelou. For her son, Guy, my beloved friends, colleagues and others who were members of her immediate and most intimate extended families, please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Having spoken […]

200 Kidnapped Children: A Cause for Us All

Bring Back Our Girls

Is #BringBackOurGirls losing momentum? While #BringBackOurGirls began as a way to show support for the girls abducted from their school, their families and the many working behind the scenes to bring them home, it became a way for millions to make their voice heard. As day 48 comes to an end, our girls are still […]

Women In Office: Another Record Breaking Election in 2014?

Diversity of Congress

Were you impressed by the number of women elected to Congress in 2012? The 2012 election cycle saw a record number of women elected in Congress. In fact, 102 women currently serve in the 113th Congress: 82 in the House (63 Democrats and 19 Republicans) and 20 in the Senate (16 Democrats and 4 Republicans). […]

International Women’s Day, March 8th


How is your community recognizing the amazing women in your midst? International Women’s Day, celebrated on March 8th, is described on the UN website as a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the […]

The Global Women’s Movement


Are you plugged into the Women’s Movement that is happening around the world? From towns and cities in America, to places around the globe including Nepal and India, women are leading the creation of a better planet for us all. Recently the Kansas Star published an interview featuring Mamie Hughes, an elder who has dedicated […]

Message from Anita Estell: 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington (MOW)

50th Anniversary March on Washington for Jobs and Justice

The struggle for good paying jobs, quality education, housing and equality are fleeting notions for millions of Americans. Fifty years after the March on Washington (MOW) I find myself sobered by the level of despair and deprivation confronting so may people in the US.  I know folks who did all of the right things: went […]

The Thursday Luncheon Group

Capitol Hill

Have you heard of the Thursday Luncheon Group? It is one of the Department of State’s 11 Employee Affinity Groups, the Thursday Luncheon Group (TLG) monitors recruitment, assignments, employment practices, promotion patterns, training, and other personnel matters of vital interest to minorities in the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Founded […]

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