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Once homeless, D.C. teacher overcomes odds and wins Teacher of the Year award | WJLA

WASHINGTON (ABC7) — Lakeisha Brown has overcome many obstacles in life. This year, she was recognized as the D.C. Public Schools Teacher of the Year. “A girl from a small town who had a really rough upbringing could possibly win too. I didn’t count myself out,” Brown said. “It’s a moment that I will never forget.” Brown has been teaching at Lafayette Elementary School in Northwest D.C. for the last four years. Getting to this point wasn’t always easy for Brown. “I told myself I want to be a teacher that counts every child, who thinks that everyone can make […]

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Black Women Have Never Had The Privilege Of Rage | HuffPost

Kimberly Seals Allers, HuffPost A group of women wear black veils and black tape over their mouths outside of the fourth day of Brett Kavanaugh’s hearing before members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Sept. 7, 2018. CONGRESSIONAL QUARTERLY VIA GETTY IMAGES. Featured Image past several weeks have sparked an unprecedented conversation about women’s collective fury in this #MeToo, #WhyIDidntReport and post-Kavanaugh hearings era. Three recent books and a flurry of op-eds, essays and social media energy has everyone talking about rage in a brand new way. This is good news for women. But what’s been blatantly missing from mainstream […]

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65 Boundary-Breaking Black Women Who Have Paved The Way | Essence

Taylor Lewis, Essence American civil rights campaigner, and widow of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Coretta Scott King (1927 – 2006) stands behind a podium covered in microphones at Peace-In-Vietnam Rally, Central Park, New York, April 27, 1968. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images). Featured Image International Women’s Day, and we’re taking a look back at some African-American women who haved paved the way for both us and future generations. From legendary icons like Madame C.J. Walker and Nina Simone to 21st century trailblazers like Michelle Obama and Ava DuVernay, here are 65 dynamic women who have inspired us to achieve […]

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Stories of African-American women aging with HIV: ‘My life wasn’t what I hoped it to be’ | The Conversation

Thurka Sangaramoorthy, The Conversation Marcella Wright has been living with HIV for decades. She was recruited to be in one of the first HIV treatment programs and was the only woman in the group. Aamir Khuller, CC BY-NC-SA. Featured Image Harrison, 51, is a single mother of two, with an extended family to support. She has lived with epilepsy her entire life; she suffers from hypertension; and she is a breast cancer survivor. Yet more challenging than any of these was learning she was HIV-positive. “I was crying for at least six months,” she said of learning she was HIV […]

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How One Woman Is Shattering The Glass Ceiling In Wall Street | Forbes

Janice Gassam, Forbes Lauren Simmons made history as the youngest and only full-time female trader at the New York Stock Exchange. IDA JOHN. Featured Image progress made in making our workplaces more diverse, there are still several industries where the glass and concrete ceilings are more prevalent. One such industry is the financial industry. Wall Street is notorious for being mostly male and mostly White, but one trailblazer is changing that and making a name for herself. At 23 years old, Lauren Simmons made history as the youngest and only full-time female trader at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). […]

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