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WOMEN’SVOICES featuring today’s top female leaders & changemakers

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Activism & Civic Engagement.....................................................................3 Business......................................................................................................................5

Celebrity....................................................................................................................8 Education & Social Issues..............................................................................11 Inspiration..............................................................................................................13 Leadership.............................................................................................................15 National Issues.....................................................................................................17 Health & Wellness..............................................................................................20 Science....................................................................................................................22 Index....................................................................................................................23

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

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Mary Frances Berry

Shirin Ebadi

A former chairperson of the US Civil

An extraordinary woman of many firsts,

Rights Commission, a law professor,

Iranian lawyer and activist Ebadi made

and an esteemed civil rights historian,

history as the first Muslim to receive the

Dr. Berry defends the rights of all

Nobel Peace Prize for her courageous

people, supporting issues from fair

defense of human rights in Iran. One

housing to equal opportunity to voters’ rights. Her latest book is

of that nation’s most intelligent, passionate, and respected voices

Power in Words: The Stories Behind Barack Obama’s Speeches, from

of dissent, she addresses audiences about democracy and the

the State House to the White House.

fundamental rights of women, children, and all individuals.

Malaak Compton-Rock

Kathy LeMay

Wife

Rock,

LeMay turned her childhood passion

Compton-Rock is founder of the

for giving into her life’s work with an

Angel Rock Project and has appeared

activism career that started when she

on Oprah Winfrey’s The Big Give. An

worked with women survivors of the

inspirational force, she is committed

siege and rape-genocide camps in

to projects ranging from Hurricane Katrina to poverty in South

war-torn Yugoslavia. The founder and CEO of Raising Change, she

Africa. Involved in the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation,

has raised over $150 million for global causes, and encourages

she helps raise funds and awareness of the rare disease.

communities to act as change agents for social betterment.

of

comedian

Chris

Angela Davis

Somaly Mam

One of America’s foremost radical

Born into a minority family in

feminists, Davis’s passion landed her

Cambodia, Mam struggled through

on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted List in

an impoverished childhood, was sold

the ‘60s (she was later acquitted). A

for sexual favors, and was eventually

respected academic, she continues to

forced to work in a brothel. Fueled by

speak out for equality, advocating that social movements require

her past, she authored The Road of Lost Innocence and founded

sustained action to effect change. She is affiliated with Sisters

The Somaly Mam Foundation, devoted to helping those who

Inside, an abolitionist organization that works in solidarity with

have become victims of sex slavery and human trafficking.

women in prison.

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Kathy Najimy

Alison Thompson

Najimy is a comic actress well known

A full-time volunteer, Thompson has

for her roles in such popular films as

offered her aid in Sri Lanka—where

Sister Act and Hocus Pocus. Also a Ms.

she ran a busy field hospital and

Magazine Woman of the Year, she calls

founded CTEC, the only tsunami early-

herself “first and foremost a feminist,”

warning center in that country—and

and is a vocal supporter of women’s rights. Speaking out against

Haiti—where she co-founded We Advance, an organization

sexism, racism, and inequity among living things, she has been

dealing with gender-based violence. Her documentary, The Third

called “a social action hero.”

Wave, was screened at the 2008 Cannes film festival.

Sara Paretsky

Tererai Trent

One

influential

A native of rural Zimbabwe, Trent was

female crime writers, Paretsky is an

given a new lease on life when she

award-winning author who changed

was awarded a scholarship to a full

the world of detective fiction with

education in the United States. Now,

her groundbreaking female sleuth

armed with $1.5 million in assistance

“V.I. Warshawski,” the heroine of over a dozen novels. Proving

from Oprah (who named Trent her all-time favorite guest), she

that women can be more than helpless victims or vamps,

is the founder of Tinogona (Shona for “it is achievable”), which

“Warshawski”—a tough-minded, intelligent detective—first

builds and repairs schools in rural Zimbabwe.

of

today’s

most

appeared in Indemnity Only.

Rosie Perez

Sheryl WuDunn

An

Award-nominated

A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and

actress, Perez is a dedicated and

best-selling author, WuDunn penned

vocal activist for a number of causes,

Half the Sky with husband Nicholas

particularly those related to women’s

Kristof,* which explores the oppression

rights, inner-city youth, and AIDS. She

of women in the developing world.

is the head of the Artistic Board for the Urban Arts Partnership,

She remains a strong voice in calling individuals to action against

an arts education organization that brings the arts to students in

human rights violations, and is an entrepreneur and business

Harlem, the Bronx, and the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

leader with special expertise on China.

Academy

*Kristof is also available through APB.

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Miki Agrawal

Anat Baron

The founder of the acclaimed farm-

An

to-table pizza restaurant Slice Perfect,

strategic consultant, Baron is an

Agrawal is known for her innovative

innovative leader and the former

and

concepts.

head of Mike’s Hard Lemonade,

Recognizing the difficulty women in

where she was credited with turning

the developing world face during menstruation (a time when

the company into a $200 million brand within three years. She

they are often forced to miss school and work), she started THINX,

also produced the documentary Beer Wars, which explores the

which provides women with leak-proof, stain-free underwear.

struggle between big brewers and their smaller competitors.

practical

business

entrepreneur,

filmmaker,

and

Redia Anderson

Sara Blakely

Recognized as a leader in the field

Concerned with creating comfortable,

of diversity and inclusion, Anderson

slimming garments that minimize

is founder and managing partner of

flaws, Blakely founded SPANX, the

Anderson People Strategies, a human

multimillion-dollar

resources management consulting

company that is a favorite of such

and executive coaching firm. She works to lead organizations

fashion-loving women as Gwyneth Paltrow and Oprah Winfrey.

in change efforts focused on the advancement and retention of

Determined to “make the world a better place, one butt at a time,”

top-performing talent, inclusive of women and people of color.

she shares her firsthand account of succeeding as a woman in

underwear

business.

Amy DuBois Barnett

Robin Chase

One of America’s top curators of pop

As co-founder and former CEO of

culture, Barnett is an award-winning

Zipcar, the largest car-sharing company

media executive and brand architect.

in the world, and founder and CEO

Over the years, her vision has shaped

of GoLoco, an online-ride sharing

the pages of Harper’s Bazaar, Essence,

community, Chase has had a profound

Teen People, Honey Magazine, and Ebony Magazine, the oldest and

impact in changing the way people think about traditional auto

largest black magazine in the country, of which she is currently

transportation. Her work has garnered her numerous business,

editor-in-chief.

innovation, design, and environmental awards.

BUSINESS

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Jean Chatzky

Maelle Gavet

An expert on personal finance, Chatzky

Gavet is the CEO of Russia’s largest e-

is an award-winning journalist and

commerce company, OZON Holdings,

best-selling author. She has penned

often referred to as “the Amazon of

such best-selling and award-winning

Russia.”Under her leadership and vision,

books as Money 911: Your Most Pressing

OZON’s four diversified businesses

Money Questions Answered, Your Money Emergencies Solved and

grew revenue by 84 percent in 2011, with sales topping $300

The Difference: How Anyone Can Prosper in Even the Toughest Times.

million. She was named one of Fortune’s “40 under 40” and among

She is a financial editor for NBC’s Today Show.

Fast Company’s “most creative people in business” in 2012.

Barbara Corcoran

Kathy Ireland

Corcoran’s career as an entrepreneur

An inspirational success story, Ireland

began when she took out a $1000 loan

is a supermodel, author, and CEO

to start The Corcoran Group, which she

and chief designer of Kathy Ireland

parlayed into a $5 billion real estate

Worldwide, which designs home

business that she sold for $66 million

products and apparel. She was called

in 2001. A real-estate contributor for NBC’s Today Show, she is

one of the “50 most influential people in fashion” by Fairchild

also an investor/”shark” on the reality hit Shark Tank and the best-

Publications as well as one of the “top 10 women’s health

selling author of Use What You’ve Got.

advocates in America” due to her support of numerous charities.

Soraya Darabi

Rhonda Kallman

At just 23, Darabi became the manager

Honored as a Pioneering Woman in

of digital partnerships and social

the Beer Industry by the Institute for

media at The New York Times, where

Brewing Studies, Kallman effectively

she established award-winning social

paved the way for her gender in the

media campaigns. Also the co-founder

beer business. She is the co-founder of

of Foodspotting, a geolocation-based mobile app, she is a sought-

The Boston Beer Company—the makers of the award-winning

after authority on the world of emerging media who was named

Samuel Adams brews—and appeared in the documentary Beer

one of Fast Company’s “most creative people in business.”

Wars. She is currently the CEO of McMillan Distillery.

BUSINESS

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Sarah Lacy

Judy Smith

As senior editor at TechCrunch, Lacy

The real-life inspiration behind ABC’s

covered business in Silicon Valley for

hit political thriller series Scandal, Smith

over a decade. Currently the founder,

is the US’s premier crisis management

editor-in-chief, and CEO of the tech

expert. As the founder and president

news site PandoDaily, she recently

of Smith & Company, she uniquely

embarked on a hunt for the best talent in the developing world,

combines her communication skills, media savvy, and legal and

a journey she shares in the book Brilliant, Crazy, Cocky: How the

political acumen to serve clients around the world.

Top 1% of Entrepreneurs Profit from Global Chaos.

Beth Simone Noveck

Carmen Wong Ulrich

As the former US Deputy Chief

A personal finance expert, Ulrich

Technology

was

is a respected voice on money

responsible for developing the Obama

management. Currently a contributor

Administration’s policy on government

to The Dr. Oz Show and iVillage, as

innovation. Named “one of the 100

well as the resident money expert for

most creative people in business” by Fast Company, she wrote

Glamour magazine, Ulrich is the author of The Real Cost of Living:

Wiki Government: How Technology Can Make Government Better,

Making the Best Decisions for You, Your Life, and Your Money and

Democracy Stronger, and Citizens More Powerful and is a foremost

Generation Debt, the under-40 guide to personal finance.

Officer,

Noveck

expert on “big data.”

Suze Orman

Sherron Watkins

Called “a force in the world of personal

Known worldwide as the Enron

finance” and a “one-woman financial

whistleblower,

advice powerhouse” by USA Today,

vice president of the corporate

Orman is a two-time Emmy-winning

giant—warned then-CEO Ken Lay of

host of The Suze Orman Show. Known

accounting irregularities within the

for her no-nonsense, tell-it-like-it-is personal finance advice,

company. A Time Person of the Year in 2002 and an outspoken

Orman wrote Women and Money: Owning the Power to Control

voice against corruption, she continues to set the tone for new

Your Destiny. Her newest book is The Money Class.

direction in corporate governance.

Watkins—a

former

BUSINESS

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Kathy Bates

Natalie Cole

An Academy Award winner and one

The daughter of one of America’s

of Hollywood’s most sought-after

most beloved entertainers, Nat King

performers, Bates is also an inspirational

Cole, Natalie has built a phenomenally

speaker who draws on her personal

successful singing career spanning 30

experience with the most challenging

years. The winner of eight Grammy

role of her career: cancer survivor. She was diagnosed with

Awards, Cole uses honesty and humor to share the life lessons

ovarian cancer in 2003 and breast cancer in 2012, for which she

she has learned throughout the way, guiding and encouraging

underwent a double mastectomy.

audiences to make better choices.

Maria Bello

Jamie Lee Curtis

An internationally renowned actress

Curtis is an award-winning film actress

and women’s rights activist, Bello

who has starred in such films as

co-founded We Advance, a women’s

Halloween, A Fish Called Wanda, and

movement and NGO based in Cité

Freaky Friday. She is also a mother of

Soleil, Haiti. The organization advocates

two and the author of several best-

for women throughout the country to have full political,

selling children’s books, including My Brave Year of Firsts: Tries,

economic, and social participation. She was named a Vital Voices

Sighs, and High Fives, and aims to promote self esteem and

Global Ambassador for Women.

positive body image among women.

Valerie Bertinelli

America Ferrera

A two-time Golden Globe winner,

Known for her Emmy-winning starring

Bertinelli is a celebrated actress who

role on Ugly Betty, Ferrera is also a

recently made headlines after losing

devoted humanitarian who dedicates

over 40 pounds as the face of Jenny

her time to generating attention to

Craig. She shares her story in the #1

the causes she holds dear, particularly

New York Times bestseller Losing It: And Gaining My Life Back One

those impacting children and their education. She is an artist

Pound at a Time, inspiring millions of women to work harder

ambassador for Save the Children and, in 2010, she was awarded

toward becoming their best and healthiest selves.

the Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s Inspira Award.

CELEBRITY

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Goldie Hawn

Andie MacDowell

A gifted actress, director, producer, and

An accomplished actress, MacDowell is

entrepreneur, the Academy Award-

an advocate for changing lives for the

winning Hawn is a woman of many

better by recognizing and embracing

talents whose roles have garnered

the good in all of us. A proponent of

her adoring fans worldwide. A strong

“going green,” she also supports Susan

proponent of finding balance in life, she believes that each of

G. Komen for the Cure, a cause to empower women battling

us has the power to create our own happiness and works to

breast cancer and raise funds to find a cure. Most recently, she

encourage the interconnectedness of society.

appeared on the series Jane by Design.

Diane Keaton

Olivia Newton-John

An actress, director, and producer, the

Timelessly appealing, Newton-John

Academy Award-winning Keaton has

is an actress and singer well known

over 50 films to her name, including

for her role as “Sandy” in the musical

and

classic Grease. A breast cancer survivor,

Something’s Gotta Give. Admired for her

she talks openly about her battle with

intelligent humor, Keaton discusses such topics as gender and

the disease. In the past, she has served as a Goodwill Ambassador

aging in Hollywood, being fearless, and work/life balance. She is

to the United Nations and a national spokesperson for the Colette

an active member of the Los Angeles Conservancy.

Chuda Environmental Fund.

Annie

Hall,

The

Godfather,

Patti LaBelle

Holly Robinson Peete

A Grammy Award-winning artist,

A talented actress and volunteer, Peete

best-selling author, and healthcare

is a dedicated advocate for autism and

advocate, LaBelle has been honored

founder of The HollyRod Foundation,

for promoting cancer awareness. She

which aims to improve the quality of

is also proactive in the fight against

life of people with Parkinson’s. Most

diabetes, the disease that claimed her mother’s life. She has

recently, the foundation has formed HollyRod4Kids, which focuses

written a number of books, including the biography Don’t Block

on improving the quality of life for children in Kenya, South Africa,

the Blessings and many cookbooks.

and the Gulf Coast post-Katrina.

CELEBRITY

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Giuliana Rancic An

entertainment

journalist

Jane Seymour and

Truly a modern Renaissance woman,

fashion and beauty expert, Rancic has

award-winning actress Seymour is also

covered the red carpet for every mega-

an accomplished artist, best-selling

event in the entertainment industry. A

author, and successful entrepreneur in

fixture on E! News and Fashion Police,

the worlds of fashion and design with

she most recently co-hosted the Miss USA pageant. Rancic is also

her Jane Seymour Signature and Home Collections. A mother

a breast cancer survivor who speaks about battling cancer, both

and activist, she has worked for over 20 years to improve the lives

solo or along with husband Bill Rancic.

of children around the world.

Doris Roberts

Brooke Shields

Emmy winner Roberts has sustained

An accomplished model and actress

an illustrious career in theater, film, and

known for her roles in Suddenly Susan

television. With warmth, wit, and wry

and Blue Lagoon, Shields weathered

humor, the Everybody Loves Raymond

a media firestorm when she opened

star shares her moving yet hilarious life

up about her experiences with

story as well as her perspectives on ageism and giving back to

postpartum depression in 2005. She gracefully and candidly

the community. She wrote Are You Hungry, Dear? Life, Laughs, and

explored her struggles and triumphs in the memoir Down Came

Lasagna.

the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression.

Susan Sarandon

Sigourney Weaver

An actress and activist, Sarandon is

Weaver

known for her outspoken personal

nominated and Golden Globe-winning

convictions as well as her acting

actress known for her memorable roles

chops. The Academy Award nominee

in such films as Alien, Ghostbusters II,

has starred in Thelma and Louise, The

and Avatar. An amazingly gifted actress

Rocky Horror Picture Show, and Dead Man Walking, among many

with the kind of career longevity that most of Hollywood envies,

others. She is active and involved in many organizations including

Weaver draws on her personal experiences over the years to craft

MADRE, Unicef, and The Heifer Project.

an engaging presentation.

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is

an

Academy

Award-


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Stacey Bess

Glenda Hatchett

In her 1994 memoir, Nobody Don’t Love

A respected voice of justice, Judge

Nobody: Lessons on Love from the School

Hatchett is the former chief presiding

with No Name, Bess shared the story

judge of the Fulton County Juvenile

of her first teaching assignment at a

Court in Atlanta. Her highly successful

school for homeless children, located

court television series, Judge Hatchett,

in a small shed behind a shelter. Recently, her inspirational story

provides a forum where she can reach beyond her courtroom

was brought to life in the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie Beyond the

to a larger and more diverse audience. She wrote Dare to Take

Blackboard.

Charge: How to Live Your Life on Purpose.

Temple Grandin

Tonya Lewis Lee

A professor of animal science, Dr.

A respected community leader, Lee is a

Grandin is the most well-known adult

lawyer turned best-selling author and

with autism in the world. She was the

award-winning producer. A devout

subject of the award-winning HBO film

activist, she is currently the face of

Temple Grandin, starring Claire Danes,

A Healthy Baby Begins with You, a

and wrote The Way I See It, an invaluable resource for individuals

national infant mortality campaign, and—along with husband

trying to cope with the real issues those with autism face every

Spike Lee*—she has authored two wildly popular children’s

day.

books, Please, Baby, Please and Please, Puppy, Please. *Spike Lee is also available through APB.

Erin Gruwell

Cynthia Lowen

The author of the widely acclaimed

The writer and producer of Bully, a

The Freedom Writers Diary—as well as

documentary film charting“a year in the

the subject of the film Freedom Writers,

life” of America’s bullying crisis, Lowen

starring

Swank—Gruwell

explores the roots and ramifications

leveraged the power of education to

of bullying on the playground and

transform a group of students deemed “unteachable” in a tough,

how it translates into later life. She equips audiences with tools

racially divided school system. Her newest book is Teaching Hope:

to respond to aggressive behavior and offers insight on taking

Stories from the Freedom Writer Teachers and Erin Gruwell.

action to transform their communities.

Hilary

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Sonia Manzano

Robyn Silverman

Those who grew up learning their

A body image and bullying expert, Dr.

ABCs with the crew on Sesame Street

Silverman is the author of the best-

will immediately recognize Manzano

selling Good Girls Don’t Get Fat. Her

as the bilingual “Maria.” Attributing

no-nonsense, positive approach to

her appeal to the fact that she acts

helping young people thrive has made

the same toward children as she does toward adults—honestly

her the go-to expert for The Today Show, Nightline, and Parenting

and directly—the activist and author continues to contribute to

magazine. She created The Sassy Sisterhood Girls Circle, a self-

enriching diversity on television, on the stage, and in education.

esteem and body image program for adolescent girls.

Jennifer Siebel Newsom

Rachel Simmons

Recognized in Fast Company’s League

Simmons is the author of the New York

of Extraordinary Women, Newsom

Times bestseller Odd Girl Out, the first

gained national attention for her

book to explore the phenomenon

award-winning

Miss

of negativity and bullying between

Representation, which exposes how

females—just as harmful as bullying

the media contributes to the underrepresentation of women in

between males, but harder to recognize. She is the founder and

positions of power. She has since launched MissRepresentation.

director of The Girls’ Leadership Institute and lends a voice to the

org, the mission of which is to transform our culture.

social struggles of young girls.

documentary

Diane Ravitch

Rosalind Wiseman

Ravitch is an historian and research

An

professor of education at New York

authority on children, teens, bullying,

University, and has been at the forefront

and parenting, Wiseman is the author

of reform since her tenure as Assistant

of Queen Bees and Wannabes, the best-

Secretary of Education. She believes

selling book that inspired the film

that fast solutions get in the way of long-term thinking and the

Mean Girls. She is the media’s go-to expert on bullying prevention

carefully designed changes that are needed to truly transform

and school violence; her upcoming book, about schoolyard

our schools.

relationships between boys, is Masterminds and Wingmen.

internationally

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Women’s Voices | PAGE 13

Laila Ali

Caroline Casey

As the daughter of Muhammad Ali,

A visually impaired social entrepreneur,

the legendary former heavyweight

Casey is recognized for her pioneering

champion of the world, Laila’s name

approach to changing perceptions of

was instantly a focus in the world

disability. Focusing on business and

of boxing. She has captured four

media, she works to enhance the

championship belts, proving that she is the best female boxer in

relationship between disability and society. She is the founder of

the world. Ali shares her inspirational story in her memoir, Reach:

Kanchi, a nonprofit that aims to change attitudes and behaviors

Finding Strength, Spirit, and Personal Power.

toward people with disabilities.

Azure Antoinette

Robyn Davidson

Antoinette is a poet and spoken word

Davidson is an Australian writer best

artist who has appeared on HBO’s Brave

known for her book Tracks, which shares

New Voices and shared the stage with

the story of her remarkable 1700-mile

such artists and performers as Danny

trek on camelback, accompanied by

Glover, Vanessa A. Williams, and Elliott

photographer Rick Smolan*, across

Gould. A youth and arts advocate, she most recently embarked

the deserts of west Australia. In 2013, her story will come to life

on a project to create art programs for youth in Los Angeles. Her

in a feature film starring Mia Wasikowska as Davidson and Girls’

newest book of poetry is for the sake of BREVITY.

Adam Driver as Smolan. *Rick Smolan is also available through APB.

Christine Carter

Marlen Esparza

A sociologist and happiness expert

Esparza made history as the first US

at UC Berkeley, Dr. Carter focuses

female boxer to medal in the first-ever

on the psychology, sociology, and

women’s boxing games at the 2012

neuroscience of well being. Best known

London Olympics; now, she looks to

for her science-based parenting advice,

Rio in 2016 where she hopes to take

her book Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids

the gold. Undefeated in every national tournament she has

and Happier Parents offers tools to teach the skills for happiness,

entered, she shares the trials and rewards of being a trailblazing

emotional intelligence, and resilience.

woman and Latina in a sport traditionally dominated by men.

INSPIRATION

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Robin Meade

Susan L. Taylor

An accomplished broadcast journalist,

The soul of Essence for over three

Meade has anchored CNN’s coverage

decades, Taylor was the driving force

of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as

behind one of the most celebrated

well as the inauguration of President

African

Barack Obama. She is currently the

as founder of the National CARES

host of HLN’s Morning Express with Robin Meade. Her first book,

Mentoring Movement, she uses her passion for empowering

Morning Sunshine: How to Radiate Confidence and Feel It Too,

others to recruit mentors for at-risk youth. She wrote In the Spirit:

became an instant New York Times bestseller.

The Inspirational Writings of Susan L. Taylor.

American

brands.

Now,

Deborah Norville

Venus Williams

As anchor of Inside Edition for nearly 20

Tennis superstar Williams holds 43

years, Norville has reported on a wide

WTA Tour titles, but her journey

variety of stories from the White House

toward excellence doesn’t stop there.

to Hollywood. She is an acclaimed

A true believer in equal rights, she was

motivator who has written such

named a UNESCO Promoter of Gender

popular books as Back on Track, Thank You Power, and her latest,

Equality and received an Americanism Award from the Anti-

The Power of Respect: Benefit from the Most Forgotten Element of

Defamation League. She wrote the bestseller Come to Win: Venus

Success.

and Friends on Life Lessons Beyond the Playing Field.

Lucille O’Neal

Lee Woodruff

Much more than just “Shaquille

After her husband, ABC News anchor

O’Neal’s mom,” Lucille has endured

Bob Woodruff, suffered a traumatic

such challenges as poverty, rejection,

brain injury in Iraq, Lee’s life changed

abuse, addiction, and the illness of

immediately. The two brought to light

a child to emerge as a woman of

their family’s arduous journey toward

faith and compassion. She looks back candidly in her memoir,

recovery in the best-selling In an Instant. Most recently, Woodruff

Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go, sharing her struggles and

tackled the universal topics of life in her latest book, Perfectly

disappointments against the backdrop of her fondest memories.

Imperfect: A Life in Progress.

INSPIRATION

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Linda Alvarado

Kim Campbell

Alvarado made history as the first

The Right Honorable Campbell is

Hispanic owner of a Major League

Canada’s first female prime minister

Baseball franchise. As an owner of

and the co-founder of Club of

the Colorado Rockies, her role was

Madrid, an organization dedicated to

significant in that it also marked the

strengthening democracy worldwide.

first time that any woman was involved in a bid of ownership

She is an authority on international politics, conflict resolution,

of a MLB team. She is currently president and CEO of Alvarado

democratization, international trade, and leadership, who shares

Construction, a commercial general contractor in Denver.

what it takes to succeed as a woman today.

Joyce Banda

Johnnetta Cole

Sworn in as the first female president

One of the most powerful, well

of the Republic of Malawi on

regarded African American women in

April 7, 2012, President Banda is a

the country, Cole is President Emerita

champion for women, children, and

of both Bennett and Spelman colleges.

the underprivileged, hailed as one

As chair of The Johnnetta B. Cole

of Africa’s most powerful women by Forbes magazine. She is

Global Diversity and Inclusion Institute at Bennett, she continues

founder of The Joyce Banda Foundation International, which has

to fight for diversity, justice, and the health and safety of women,

guided projects from empowering women to providing orphans

children, and underserved populations.

education.

Gro Harlem Brundtland

Gail Evans

The former Prime Minister of Norway,

Evans is the best-selling author of Play

director-general of the World Health

Like a Man, Win Like a Woman: What

Organization, and chair of the World

Men Know About Success That Women

Commission on Environment and

Need to Learn. Her career scope is vast;

Development, Dr. Brundtland is a

beginning with a career in government,

preeminent voice for improving health and the environment.

Evans went on to become executive vice president of CNN, where

Advocating that good health is a basic human right, she believes

she developed three of the network’s most popular programs:

it extends beyond medicine to include environmental and global

TalkBack Live, Burden of Proof, and CNN & Company.

policy.

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Shannon Fitzgerald

Pat Mitchell

A senior vice president of series

One of the most influential leaders in

development

Fitzgerald

media, Mitchell knows a great deal

creates new series for the network in

about the risks, responsibilities, and

both the reality and scripted genres,

rewards of leadership. She was the first

including Savage U, It Gets Better, and

woman to serve as CEO of PBS—one

Washington Heights. Also the creator of the popular blog The

of the nation’s largest broadcasting services—and is the current

Accidental Executive, she helps guide the millennial generation

president and CEO of The Paley Center for Media (formerly The

on building the life and career of their dreams.

Museum of Television and Radio).

at

MTV,

Polly LaBarre

Mary Robinson

A

The first female president of Ireland

business

correspondent

and for

innovation CNN,

LaBarre

and a former UN High Commissioner

has contributed to the business

for Human Rights, President Robinson

conversation for more than 15 years,

is president of the Mary Robinson

most notably as a member of the

Foundation - Climate Justice, a center

original Fast Company team and as co-founder of the MIX

for thought leadership and advocacy on the struggle for global

(Management Innovation eXchange). She co-authored the best-

justice. Believing that businesses must play a role in solving

selling book Mavericks at Work: Why the Most Original Minds in

human rights and justice issues, she is also a member of the Club

Business Win.

of Madrid.

Laura Liswood Internationally

for

A Nobel Peace Prize winner, President

her understanding of women in

of Liberia Johnson Sirleaf became the

leadership, Liswood is co-founder of

first woman to lead an African nation. A

the Council of Women World Leaders;

Harvard-educated former World Bank

created the International Assembly of

economist, she is a leading promoter

Women Ministers with the Right Honorable Kim Campbell; and

of peace, justice, and democratic rule, working tirelessly to end

co-founded The White House Project, dedicated to changing the

the corruption that has plagued her country. She wrote the

cultural message in the US about women as leaders.

memoir This Child Will Be Great.

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recognized

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Gloria Borger

Juju Chang

As a senior political analyst for CNN and

Chang is an Emmy Award-winning

contributing editor to US News & World

correspondent for ABC News’ 20/20,

Report, Borger regularly provides front-

Good Morning America, and Nightline.

row analysis during election season. A

Born in Seoul, South Korea, she speaks

journalist-analyst, the former Newsweek

on the myth of the “model” Asian

correspondent’s credibility lies in being able to tell both sides of

American minority and is a founding board member of the

any story through strong, informed analysis of the facts.

Korean American Community Foundation. She also hosts Moms Get Real, aimed at cracking the façade of “perfect mommyhood.”

Donna Brazile

Eleanor Clift

One of the most influential African

As contributing editor to Newsweek

American women in American politics,

for over 15 years, Clift reports on such

Brazile is a commentator on CNN and

pressing issues as the White House,

a Democratic consultant who was

Washington, and women in politics,

named the temporary DNC chair in

and has covered every presidential

April 2011. She helped found MLK Day as a national holiday and

campaign since 1976. She wrote Founding Sisters, which tells the

became the first African American to run a major presidential

story of the long struggle for passage of the 19th Amendment,

campaign when she managed Gore for President in the 2000

granting women the right to vote.

election.

Bay Buchanan

Candy Crowley

Buchanan is a former US Treasurer,

An

political commentator for CNN, and

political correspondent, Crowley has

veteran of six presidential campaigns,

covered a range of stories including

and

George

presidential races and major legislative

magazine as “one of the top 20 political

developments on Capitol Hill. She

women in the nation.” She gets inside politics and the election

recently received widespread attention for her infamous “fact

process with her well-informed, fair perspective and conservative

check”while moderating the second presidential debate between

voice. She is the author of Bay and Her Boys.

President Obama and Mitt Romney.

was

recognized

by

award-winning

CNN

senior

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Patti Solis Doyle

Charlayne Hunter-Gault

As the first Hispanic woman to lead a

Hunter-Gault made history as the first

presidential campaign in the United

African American woman to graduate

States, Doyle is the former campaign

from the University of Georgia. She

manager for Hillary Rodham Clinton’s

is one of media’s premier global

2008 presidential bid. In a business

journalists and foreign correspondents,

where it is rare for females to manage major campaigns, and

continually challenging convention with her profound insights

where minorities in key positions are even harder to find, she

into the issues. She wrote To the Mountaintop: My Journey Through

remains one of the most respected leaders in the field.

the Civil Rights Movement.

Maria Hinojosa

Katty Kay

With a journalistic style that celebrates

Kay is lead anchor of BBC World News

the cultural richness of America,

America, having previously served as

Hinojosa has dedicated her career to

Washington correspondent for the BBC

telling untold stories and recognizing

since 2002. She is adept at discussing

unsung heroes. As managing editor of

today’s most pressing and critical

NPR’s “Latino USA” and host of the PBS series One-on-One, she has

political policies and co-authored (with Claire Shipman*), the

interviewed many of America’s foremost Latino leaders, bringing

New York Times bestseller Womenomics: The Workplace Revolution

wit and wisdom to the diversity dialogue.

That Will Change Your Life. *Claire Shipman is also available through APB.

Tamara Holder

Mara Liasson

Holder is an attorney and Fox

As

News legal contributor, where she

correspondent, Liasson can be heard

served as the go-to analyst for the

regularly on NPR’s award-winning

Rod Blagojevich trials, the mayoral

newsmagazines“All Things Considered”

campaign of Rahm Emmanuel, and

and “Morning Edition.” She provides

the scandals of Anthony Weiner and John Edwards. She is the

extensive coverage of politics and policy from Washington, and

founder of xpunged.com, a boutique law firm focusing solely on

has provided key coverage of the candidates and issues in both

governor pardons and clemency.

presidential and congressional elections.

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national

political


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Andrea Mitchell An

Emmy

Award-winning

Janine Turner chief

An actress who is well known for her

foreign affairs correspondent and

roles in Northern Exposure, Strong

host of MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell

Medicine, and Friday Night Lights, Turner

Reports, Mitchell has become one of

is also an activist whose most recent

the most respected female voices in

projects include “The Janine Turner

contemporary journalism. She is the author of Talking Back, a

Radio Show – Hear the Thunder!” and Constituting America, a

memoir about her experiences covering five presidents (starting

foundation devoted to educating American citizens and students

with the Reagan presidency), Congress, and foreign policy.

about the United States Constitution.

Lisa Myers

Elizabeth Vargas

Myers is an Emmy Award-winning

As an award-winning anchor and

senior investigative correspondent

correspondent, Vargas has traveled the

for NBC News, a seasoned political

world covering breaking news stories,

analyst, and one of the most respected

reporting

journalists

and

in

the

country.

Her

in-depth

conducting

investigations, groundbreaking

groundbreaking reports on the financial meltdown, war on terror,

interviews. Currently the co-anchor of ABC’s 20/20, she has

politics, and political and corporate scandals have triggered both

been lauded by The New York Times for her “intellectually brave”

official investigations and critical acclaim.

reporting of the 1998 slaying of Matthew Shepard.

Claire Shipman

Fredricka Whitfield

As senior national correspondent

As one of the anchors of CNN Newsroom

for Good Morning America, Shipman

and

reports on a wide spectrum of national

Whitfield reports on breaking news

and international news, offering a view

events worldwide. Whether reporting

from Washington and observations

from the region during the wars in

on leadership in a changing world. Her unique perspective is

Afghanistan and Iraq or covering 9/11 and other issues close

gleaned from decades of on-the-ground reporting, covering the

to home, she offers unique insight into the important events of

White House and presidential elections.

today. Previously, she was a correspondent for NBC News.

a

network

correspondent,

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Susan Blumenthal

Joycelyn Elders

Known as “the Admiral of Public

As the first African American and the

Health,” Blumenthal is an extraordinary

second female US Surgeon General,

leader in healthcare whose global

Dr. Elders initiated programs to

impact on advancing public health

combat youth smoking and teen

is far reaching, particularly in the area

pregnancy and to increase childhood

of women’s health. A former US Assistant Surgeon General, she

immunizations. A tireless crusader for achieving a healthier

was the country’s first deputy assistant secretary for women’s

society, she remains at the forefront of today’s health concerns,

health in the US Department of Health and Human Services.

committed to healthcare access, education, and equality.

Elizabeth Cohen

Yvette Freeman

A senior medical correspondent for

Known for her role as “Nurse Adams”

CNN’s health, medical, and wellness

on ER, Freeman achieved one of her

unit, Cohen reports on breaking

greatest accomplishments when she

medical news and the latest in

lost over a third of her body weight.

consumer health issues. She is the

Losing the weight meant she had

trusted voice behind the digital column “The Empowered Patient,”

won against diabetes and heart disease, an accomplishment she

keeping readers informed on the best in medical care, and speaks

shares with women from all walks of life as a national advocacy

on the importance of maintaining work-life balance as a career

ambassador for The Diabetes Association.

woman.

Kelly Corrigan

Dorothy Hamill

After discovering a cancerous lump

Every four years the Olympic Games

in her breast at the young age of 36

produce a new group of champions,

and learning that her beloved father

but only rarely does one of these

had developed late-stage cancer at

champions transcend their sport to

the same time, Corrigan recounted

completely capture our imaginations.

her experience in the acclaimed The Middle Place. Known for her

Hamill became one such athlete when the 19-year-old figure

wrenching honesty, poignancy, and humor, her latest book is Lift,

skater won the gold in 1976. She wrote A Skating Life, in which

a stirring story of a young family in crisis.

she shares her deeply personal struggle with depression.

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Naomi Judd

Pamela Peeke

Judd’s meteoric rise to country music

An internationally recognized expert,

superstardom is an inspiring story of

physician, scientist, and author in the

overcoming the odds through sheer

fields of nutrition, stress, fitness, and

optimism and hard work. A hepatitis

public health, Dr. Peeke is WebMD’s

C survivor, she is the first national

lifestyle expert where she presents her

spokesperson for the National Liver Association, and uses her

multimedia lifestyle program, Everyday Fitness with Dr. Pam Peeke.

fame, experience as a nurse, and passion for people to educate

She is also a New York Times best-selling author, most recently of

about the scientific link between mind, body, and spirit.

The Hunger Fix.

Hoda Kotb Kotb

was

named

Gail Sheehy co-anchor

of

A world-renowned life cycle expert,

the fourth hour of The Today Show

Sheehy has changed the way millions of

in August 2007, where she hosts

women and men look at their lives. Her

alongside Kathie Lee Gifford. A cancer

landmark bestseller Passages ushered

survivor, she penned the New York

in a radical new understanding of the

Times best-selling memoir Hoda: How I Survived War Zones, Bad

phases of a woman’s life; most recently, she authored Passages

Hair, Cancer, and Kathie Lee, as well as the inspiring Ten Years Later:

in Caregiving: Turning Chaos into Confidence, which draws on her

Six People Who Faced Adversity and Transformed Their Lives.

own experiences as a caregiver.

Vicki Lawrence

Alison Vincent

The multitalented Lawrence is known

Vivacious and dynamic, Vincent was

for making television history, appearing

the “one to watch” on the fifth season

as Carol Burnett’s kid sister on The Carol

of TV’s popular reality show The

Burnett Show and going on to star in

Biggest Loser. She went on to win the

her own series, Mama’s Family. She is

competition while viewers watched

also an avid activist, particularly in the areas of women’s rights

her amazing transformation from overweight and discouraged

and heart health, whose family history of heart disease spurred

to fit and inspiring. She went from 234 to 122 pounds after weeks

her to speak out on proper prevention.

of hard work and dedication to health and fitness.

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Anousheh Ansari

Alexandra Cousteau

Ansari captured headlines around

With a famous last name passed down

the world when she became the first

by her grandfather, Jacques-Yves, and

female private space explorer. She

her father, Philippe, Cousteau is a

shares her journey in the memoir My

globally recognized advocate on water

Dream of Stars, and is the co-founder

quality and policy. With the unique

of Prodea Systems, which aims to significantly change consumer

ability to draw audiences into the weighty issues of policy and

interaction with the Internet and integrate digital tools into

politics—and ultimately spur them to action—she advocates

everyday life.

conservation and sustainable resource management.

Mayim Bialik

Summer Rayne Oakes

Perhaps best known for her starring

The author of Style, Naturally, the first

role in the early-’90s sitcom Blossom,

global guide to sustainable beauty

Bialik is also a brilliant scientist with a

and fashion, Oakes has worked as a

degree in neuroscience from UCLA.

Discovery Channel Planet Green eco-

She speaks to filling a unique space

lifestyle resident expert and host.

as a woman in two difficult worlds: Hollywood and the scientific

Known as “The Eco-Model,” she has dedicated her career to

community. Most recently she can be seen as “Amy Farrah Fowler”

“cause-related modeling,” or working with more environmentally

on the sitcom The Big Bang Theory.

and socially conscious companies and brands.

Rebecca Costa

Jill Bolte Taylor

Today’s leading sociobiologist, Costa

A Harvard-trained neuroanatomist,

authored the critically acclaimed

Taylor experienced a severe brain

The Watchman’s Rattle: A Radical New

hemorrhage in 1996. On the afternoon

Theory of Collapse, which offers a

of this rare form of stroke, she could

genetic explanation for current events,

not walk, talk, read, write, or recall any

emerging trends, and individual behavior. She helps individuals

of her life. It took eight years for her to successfully rebuild her

and groups find ways to adapt, thrive, and make better decisions

brain, a journey she chronicled in the New York Times best-selling

in today’s fast-moving, complex world.

memoir My Stroke of Insight.

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Women’s Voices | PAGE 23 Agrawal, Miki............................................................5 Ali, Laila.....................................................................13 Alvarado, Linda.....................................................15 Anderson, Redia.....................................................5 Ansari, Anousheh...............................................22 Antoinette, Azure...............................................13 Banda, Joyce..........................................................15 Barnett, Amy DuBois...........................................5 Baron, Anat................................................................5 Bates, Kathy...............................................................8 Bello, Maria................................................................8 Berry, Mary Frances..............................................3 Bertinelli, Valerie.....................................................8 Bess, Stacey.............................................................11 Bialik, Mayim..........................................................22 Blakely, Sara...............................................................5 Blumenthal, Susan.............................................20 Borger, Gloria.........................................................17 Brazile, Donna.......................................................17 Brundtland, Gro Harlem..................................15 Buchanan, Bay.......................................................17 Campbell, Kim.......................................................15 Carter, Christine...................................................13 Casey, Caroline.....................................................13 Chang, Juju.............................................................17 Chase, Robin.............................................................5 Chatzky, Jean............................................................6 Clift, Eleanor............................................................17 Cohen, Elizabeth.................................................20 Cole, Johnnetta....................................................15 Cole, Natalie..............................................................8 Compton-Rock, Malaak.....................................3 Corcoran, Barbara..................................................6 Corrigan, Kelly.......................................................20 Costa, Rebecca.....................................................22 Cousteau, Alexandra.........................................22 Crowley, Candy.....................................................17 Curtis, Jamie Lee....................................................8 Darabi, Soraya..........................................................6 Davidson, Robyn.................................................13

Davis, Angela............................................................3 Doyle, Patti Solis..................................................18 Ebadi, Shirin..............................................................3 Elders, Joycelyn....................................................20 Esparza, Marlen....................................................13 Evans, Gail................................................................15 Ferrera, America.....................................................8 Fitzgerald, Shannon..........................................16 Freeman, Yvette...................................................20 Gavet, Maelle............................................................6 Grandin, Temple..................................................11 Gruwell, Erin...........................................................11 Hamill, Dorothy....................................................20 Hatchett, Glenda.................................................11 Hawn, Goldie............................................................9 Hinojosa, Maria....................................................18 Holder, Tamara......................................................18 Hunter-Gault, Charlayne................................18 Ireland, Kathy............................................................6 Judd, Naomi...........................................................21 Kallman, Rhonda....................................................6 Kay, Katty..................................................................18 Keaton, Diane...........................................................9 Kotb, Hoda..............................................................21 LaBarre, Polly..........................................................16 LaBelle, Patti..............................................................9 Lacy, Sarah.................................................................7 Lawrence, Vicki.....................................................21 Lee, Tonya Lewis.................................................11 LeMay, Kathy.............................................................3 Liasson, Mara.........................................................18 Liswood, Laura......................................................16 Lowen, Cynthia....................................................11 MacDowell, Andie.................................................9 Mam, Somaly...........................................................3 Manzano, Sonia...................................................12 Meade, Robin........................................................14 Mitchell, Andrea..................................................19 Mitchell, Pat............................................................16 Myers, Lisa...............................................................19

Najimy, Kathy............................................................4 Newsom, Jennifer Siebel...............................12 Newton-John, Olivia............................................9 Norville, Deborah...............................................14 Noveck, Beth Simone..........................................7 O’Neal, Lucille........................................................14 Oakes, Summer Rayne.....................................22 Orman, Suze.............................................................7 Paretsky, Sara............................................................4 Peeke, Pamela.......................................................21 Peete, Holly Robinson........................................9 Perez, Rosie................................................................4 Rancic, Giuliana....................................................10 Ravitch, Diane.......................................................12 Roberts, Doris........................................................10 Robinson, Mary....................................................16 Sarandon, Susan..................................................10 Seymour, Jane......................................................10 Sheehy, Gail............................................................21 Shields, Brooke.....................................................10 Shipman, Claire....................................................19 Silverman, Robyn................................................12 Simmons, Rachel.................................................12 Sirleaf, Ellen Johnson........................................16 Smith, Judy................................................................7 Taylor, Jill Bolte......................................................22 Taylor, Susan L......................................................14 Thompson, Alison.................................................4 Trent, Tererai..............................................................4 Turner, Janine........................................................19 Ulrich, Carmen Wong..........................................7 Vargas, Elizabeth..................................................19 Vincent, Alison......................................................21 Watkins, Sherron....................................................7 Weaver, Sigourney.............................................10 Whitfield, Fredricka............................................19 Williams, Venus.....................................................14 Wiseman, Rosalind.............................................12 Woodruff, Lee........................................................14 WuDunn, Sheryl.....................................................4

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