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Local actress continues work on and off stage

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As an actress, singer and a lifetime member of The Actor's Studio, Thesa Loving, who lives on a small ranch outside of Sallisaw, said her dream as a young starry-eyed girl growing up in Tulsa, was to one day be on stage. Not only did the auburn-haired Oklahoma girl appear on many stages off Broadway in New York City, and television and film, but she also toured in various National and Regional Broadway Musical tours. Coaching and teaching

young actors and actresses who shared her same passion along the way. “I've always been around music and I love to sing. Being raised in Tulsa I had the advantage of the cultural climate Tulsa offers in music and theatre. “Also as a child, I had a very active imagination. My mother taught piano so music has always been a big part of my life. My mother is my biggest inspiration and contributed a lot to my success both personally and professionally,” she said.

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Loving attended Tulsa Public Schools, enjoying particularly, her classes in Theatre and Music. “In high school, I was in all but one theatrical production and also played the French Horn in band,” she said. “I couldn't decide between Theatre and Music then I received a large scholarship playing the French Horn so I decided to take that opportunity.” Loving completed one year at Oral Roberts University (ORU) in Tulsa as a French Horn performance major. She then realized her first love of

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Thesa Loving performing on stage.

acting would be the way she should go, and transferred to the Webster Conservatory of Theatre Arts in St. Louis, Mo., for her BFA. She received her Masters at the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace

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University in New York. She has taken advantage of workshops provided by Ellen Burstyn, Tovah Feldshuh, Paul Russell, Benton Whitley and Bob Cline, among others. Loving has played the

lead role in television and film in “The Woman Entrepreneur,” “The Company Party,” “America's Most Wanted,” and the role of the supporting lead in “Oklahoma Passage,” “Distant Vision,”

(directed by Francis Ford Coppola) “Discharged,” and a few others. She has performed in theaters in New York in “The City Beneath,” (directed by Estelle Parsons) and starred as “Marmee”

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in “Little Women,” played as “Ella” in “Curse of the Starving Class” to name a few, and has also toured with “Oklahoma” on the national tour, “Fiddler on the Roof” as “Mama,” and “Golde” on the regional tour of “Fiddler on the Roof.” Regional theatre performances include “Good Ol' Girls,” “The Music Man,” “My Fair Lady,” “The King and I,” “Diary of Anne Frank” and was the featured singer in “Broadway” along with many other performances and credits to her name. Loving said her life has not been all about acting. One job was to work on a

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ship for a cruise line in Alaska as a Cruise Director which included providing entertainment for the ship. “I performed four variety shows on each cruise in addition to my other duties,” she said. She also performed on stage in Branson, Mo., for a period in her life. Loving has many skills in acting, singing, piano and the French Horn. She is a certified music and theatre teacher. She has taught for several years in the Tulsa area, as well as being the Director of Theatre at Union High School. She was also the Union PAC Director and taught all stage craft and theatre classes. Loving said her latest work has been as a director. “I have directed over a hundred shows during my career, the latest being 'Beauty and the Beast,' 'Annie,' and 'Guys and Dolls,'” she said.

Loving is also the music director at the Broadway Academy of Performing Arts youth theatre in Wichita, Kan., every summer where they produce two fullscaled musicals “Having lived and worked out of NYC for a number of years, I had just come from recording a new musical in New York City when I fell and broke my ankle,” she said. “I had that musical plus another musical I was working on, and another show going into rehearsals in New York but I had to drop out of them all to come home to recuperate.” Loving said after a time, she realized her mom, who lives in the area, needed some help. “So I moved out of New York to care for her and that's what brought me to Sallisaw,” she said. Loving continues to teach to this

day, teaching Voice, Acting and French Horn privately in Sallisaw and in Fort Smith, Ark. “I have been around some incredibly talented kids and I enjoy working with them,” she said. “I'm very passionate about my work and I apply that same passion whether I coach, teach or direct. I want students to find the truth in every character, song and show they're in.” Her life has slowed some since moving to Sallisaw but when her profession does not call her away, Loving spends much of her time with her husband, Attorney and CPA Joel Utley, who recently opened an office in downtown Sallisaw. The couple, who has known one another for several years, has made Sequoyah County their home for five years.

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Women’s pay still lagging Fans of the CBS hit television show “The Big Bang Theory” may have learned that, in 2014, the five original cast members renegotiated their salaries to earn $1 million per episode. The original cast — largely male — includes Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, and Kaley Cuoco. Two actresses later joined the show, becoming mainstays of the comedy. However, newcomers May- Female workers still earn on average $.80 to every $1 that a man earns. im Bialik and Melissa Rauch haven’t earned nearly as much as their costars though women account for more than half of all emfor years. Recently, the original actors agreed to a pay ployees in these industries, the BLS in 2015 reported that they earn only about $.60 for every $1 men earn. cut so that Bialik and Rauch could earn more. Unfortunately, the scenario that played out with The industry closest to salary parity is construction, “The Big Bang Theory” cast is not an anomaly. Wheth- where the difference in pay is a few cents. Some states are closing the gap faster than other in Hollywood or elsewhere, many women still earn ers. The AAUW policy analysts found that the states less than their male counterparts. Although the gender pay gap has been getting with the smallest gaps are New York, California and steadily smaller, women still earn roughly $.80 to ev- Florida. Oklahoma, Louisiana, Alabama, and Utah are ery $1 earned by men in both the United States and states with substantial gaps. The news is similar in Canada. Updated figures, Canada, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics compiled from Statistics Canada data, show the pay and Statistics Canada, respectively. Women’s Policy Research says that, if current trends continue, females gap exists in every province and in every major occupational group. Furthermore, the disparity in anwill not match males in pay until 2059. Race and age also play a role in the disparity in pay nual earnings between men and women has barely between males and females, with Asian American moved over the last 20 years, even as education levwomen earning around 90 percent of what white men els among women have surpassed those of men. STEM-based careers remain the best avenue for do, and Hispanic or Latina women earning about 54 percent of what white men earn, according to a 2016 women to reach near-parity in pay, as science-backed report from The American Association of University careers seem to offer the closest in comparable pay, according to the BLS. Women. Although the gender pay gap is closing slowly, sociThe biggest wage gap by industry in the United States is in the financial and insurance sector. Even ety still has a way to go before women are earning as much as their male counterparts. 8 • WOMEN’S EXPO 2018

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Female world leaders

Many nations feature females in top political positions. While Hillary Clinton came very close to being elected as the first female president of the United States, leading the presidential ticket for a major political party and even winning the popular vote, the United States is behind many other nations where that barrier has already broken down. A total of twelve women have served as the first minister of a Canadian government, and one has held the role of prime minister of the country. Kim Campbell of Port Alberni, British Columbia, became the first and only woman to serve as prime minister of Canada in 1993. However, her tenure was very brief. Even though fewer than 10 percent of the United Nations member states have female leaders, many prominent female political figures have helped to shape world events that have affected the course of history. Prime Minister Golda Meir of Israel, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi of India, President Corazon Aquino

of the Philippines, and President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia are some of the most well-known female world leaders. But there are many others as well. • Angela Merkel: No list would be complete without Merkel, who has held the office of German Chancellor since 2005. Merkel has helped lower unemployment and overseen strong growth in the German economy. • Theresa May: When the United Kingdom decided to leave the European Union, then-Prime Minister David Cameron resigned. It is now conservative Prime Minister May’s job to navigate the country through Brexit. • Helle Thorning-Schmidt: The Prime Minister of Denmark is a left-leaning leader who pledged to end conservative austerity measures and to introduce taxes on the wealthy. • Sheik Hasina Wajed: Wajed persevered through the assassination of 17 members of her family to

become the Prime Minister of Bangladesh. Despite being ousted from office in 2001, Hasina found herself Prime Minister again in 2009, when her Awami League won 230 of 299 parliamentary seats. • Jacinda Ardern: Serving as the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Ardern became the world’s youngest female leader upon her election in 2017. • Queen Elizabeth II: The British monarch celebrated her sapphire jubilee last year, marking 65 years on the throne. • Michelle Bachelet: Bachelet is a Chilean politician who has served as President of the country since 2014 (though she also served as president from 2006 to 2010). She was the first female president of Chile and the first popularly elected South American president who earned the honor independently of her husband. The number of female leaders around the world has more than doubled since 2000.

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Sherrie Kohler purchased the old Vian Public School sign from an auction, which also advertises one of her biggest sellers, the Wolverine Paw.

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When local organizations or individuals look to merchants for help, Sherrie Kohler is one of the first they call or turn to. Owner of Sweet Nana's Donuts And More and Nana's Sugar Shack on U.S. Highway 64 in Vian, Kohler always lends a helping hand, whether it's donating donuts for different causes or dropping extra ones off for the residents of Vian Nursing & Rehab, she's sure to pitch in. Kohler took the town by storm

with a shower of sugar and sprinkles when she opened her doors nearly two years ago on Oct. 14, 2016. "Vian's home," Kohler said. "My dad was raised here and by opening a business here it's my way of doing something here for the community. This town's not going to grow without new businesses and I'm glad to see that we are getting other new businesses in town, too. This gives us more opportunity to grow."

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So when Kohler, a longtime resident and Vian graduate decided to open her own business, she knew she wanted to keep things local so she could give back to her community in as many ways as possible. She was trained by Daylight Donuts and sells their products, which are made with Daylight Donuts brand ingredients but she added her own touch to some of her items to make them extra special. “Most donut shops have a bear claw but we have a Wolverine paw,” Kohler said. “We are home of the Vian Wolverines so I wanted to have something to commemorate our school

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mascot.” When Vian Public Schools held an auction a few years back, Kohler bought the old sign that said 'Home of the Wolverines'. “It's now my business sign and I'm going to redo it to read 'Home of the Wolverine Paw',” she said. “The guy who designed the sign years ago actually stopped by to see me not long after I bought it. He told me he was glad to see it being reused and still a part of Vian's history.” Kohler also makes purple and gold donuts with marshmallow icing on Fridays for football game day. She said even though she's open Monday through Saturday, from 5:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., she still makes time to involve the entire family with her business. She takes her grandson to school each morning at Vian Elementary where she is affectionately greeted by many of the children on Sherrie Kohler owner of Sweet Nana's Donuts and More and Nana's Sugar Shack in Vian, stirs the pot daily as she prepares donuts “and more” for her customers. campus as 'Nana.' “It's funny because some of these kids come through more than once a week to get donuts before school with their mothers and that's how Free inspections they get to know me,” she said. “I will get hellos and hugs from the kids in we offer solutions for: the hallways who all refer to me as 'Nana' and I love it. I don't know half pests • termites • bedbugs their names but they all know where moisture • insulation Golf Carts • ATV’s • Cars the donuts come from. It makes my wildlife • mosquitoes day.” Trucks • Motorcycles Her 19-month-old granddaughter, crawl space repairs Buildings • Carports Casey, is also a daily fixture at the business, where she greets customers and tells them to come back, Buy Here and knows most of the regulars as Pay Here she watches an episode of Minnie Mouse and naps in between. 2171 S. Kerr Blvd. In addition to regular donuts, the Sallisaw, OK 74955 For more information call business serves a variety of donut holes, long johns, pinecones, cin- Free yourinspections local Terminix manager – we offer solutions for pests, termites, bedbugs, moisture, insul 918-790-2545 namon rolls, filled bars, apple frit- mosquitoes, Andy Niewald at crawl space repairs. ters, bismarcks, birthday donuts and information call your local Terminix manager Andy Niewald 479-494-1795 cakes, cobblers, pies, fudge, and For more 12 • WOMEN’S EXPO 2018

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more. During the holidays she adds special menu items such as pumpkin pie donuts for the fall season and as something new, she decided to do a fundraiser for the Vian Dance Team last year. “Shannon Johnson, who is over the dance squad, said they were selling Krispy Kremes for $8 a dozen and I told her I could do better at $5 a dozen,” she said. “I never expected the results, the girls sold 300 dozen donuts! I think that's the most I've ever AMIE REMER • SPECIAL TO YOUR TIMES made at once. We had do- Sherrie Kohler, owner of Sweet Nana's Donuts And More and Nana's Sugar Shack, holds granddaughter Casey in front of the Sugar Shack, which sells snow cones during seasonal months. nuts everywhere!” It wasn't long after she “When someone sug- note of it,” she said. “If I get ally try to make it happen. I gests or asks for some- enough requests for some- like to keep my customers opened that she started doing breakfast and lunch thing in particular I make a thing or if I can do it, I usu- happy.”

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as well. “Mike Davis, a business owner in Vian is the reason I serve breakfast. He used to come in every morning for donuts and he would always tease me about getting bacon and eggs for breakfast instead. So one morning I surprised him. When he asked for bacon and eggs, I asked him how many pieces of bacon did he want and how did he want his eggs cooked. We both got a good laugh. I guess I did even more because I started out cooking it all in a skillet before I purchased a griddle/grill.” Kohler said it wasn't long before her infamous 'cat head' biscuits and gravy, eggs and bacon were all on the menu and lunch specials were added next. “We have a lot of local men that come in for breakfast where they can sit down to eat,” she said. “And whether you dine in or not, for every

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dozen donuts ordered I'll give you a free cup of coffee.” Lunch specials, such as Taco Tuesday, and beef stroganoff, lasagna or shepherd's pie with a roll, start at just $2.79. “We do full lunches of meatloaf, hamburgers, pork chops and pulled pork dinners with all the fixins' starting at $5.99,” she said. “I've found that everyone likes a good, homecooked meal at a good price, so I have a variety of lunch items that everyone can pick from - beans, chili, stew or soup with a piece of cornbread.” Kohler said each menu item is something she has prepared herself or from a family recipe, or is something associated with a family member. “The Southwest chicken is a recipe of my daughter, Carolyn,” she said. “The 'cat head' biscuits are something I've made and eaten for many

years.” Kohler buys everything she can for her business, locally. She buys her produce daily from the local grocery store (formerly Marvin's IGA) and all the tips acquired at the business go to local charities at the end of each year. “Last year we brought in $3,500 in tip money from our customers. We chose to divide the proceeds and donated to Raymond and Ruby Pigeon of God's Blessings Clothes Closet, who helps distribute clothes to needy families; Vian Nursing & Rehab for their annual Christmas Angel Tree; and former Vian officer Lucky Huff's organization SOUL SIX. This year, we are donating our tips to the family of the late Deana Everett, who lost her life in a car accident in July, so that her three children can have a wonderful Christmas.” She said while she has the best

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support in the world for her business, her partner, Mel Williams is at the top of the list. “He's the person outside looking in,” she said. “It's nice that I can get his honest perspective. He will tell me when something will or won't work and he's usually right.” She said she most recently added tea to her menu and now has an ice machine. “I was told when I first started this business that I'd never make AMIE REMER • SPECIAL TO YOUR TIMES it but I knew I'd have the sup- Sweet Nana's Donuts And More and Nana's Sugar Shack is located on U.S. Highway 64 east in Vian and is open from 5:30 port. I'm always looking for oth- a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. They also have a drive-thru for those in a hurry. er options and different menu “They came in to eat and now they "It's been fantastic setting up a choices that people in our commu- come back every week,” she said. business in Vian," Kohler said. "I love nity can afford,” she said. “And I hope “I'm glad to see I have customers visiting with people I haven't seen in I continue to get the community's coming from all over the county.” years and I love meeting new faces." support.” In addition, Nana's Sugar Shack Sweet Nana's is located at 207 E. Kohler said she sponsored a recent was opened in May in the business' Schley and can be reached at 918contest and the winner was someone parking lot and will be opened sea- 773-5003 or by searching their name from Muldrow. sonally for snow cone sales. on Facebook.

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Breast cancer survival rates soar

A breast cancer diagnosis can be a devastating blow. Upon receiving such a diagnosis, people may begin to ask questions about treatment and the impact cancer may have on their personal lives. Many people who are diagnosed with cancer also begin to wonder about their mortality. An estimated 266,120 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 63,960 new cases of non-invasive, or in situ, breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed among women in the United States this year, according to Breastcancer.org. According to the latest statistics presented by the Canadian Breast Cancer foundation, 26,300 women and 230 men had been diagnosed with breast cancer in Canada in 2017. The good news is that breast cancer incidence rates began decreasing in

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2000 after increasing for the previous two decades. In addition, death rates from breast cancer have been decreasingly steadily since 1989. The National Cancer Institute says that the change in age-adjusted mortality rates are an indicator of the progress being made in the fight against breast cancer. The most recent SEER Cancer Statistics Review released in April 2018 indicates cancer death rates among women decreased by 1.4 percent per year between the years of 2006 and 2015. The American Cancer Society says that decreasing death rates among major cancer types, including prostate, colorectal, lung, and breast cancers, are driving the overall shift in survival. The ACS says breast cancer death rates among women declined by 39 percent from 1989 to 2015. That progress is attributed to im-

provements in early detection and treatment protocols. For anyone doing the math, over the last 25 years or so, 322,000 lives have been saved from breast cancer. A similar scenario has unfolded in Canada. Breast cancer mortality rates in Canada recently decreased to 21.4 percent, down from 21.8 percent in 2011, states data from the Canadian Cancer Society. Currently, the fiveyear survival rate for breast cancer among Canadians is 87 percent, and the five-year net survival in the United States is 85 percent. Increased knowledge about breast cancer, early detection through examinations and mammography and improved treatments are helping to drive up the survival rates of breast cancer. Although this does not make diagnosis any less scary, it does offer hope to those recently diagnosed.

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Women declining in workforce At its peak in 1999, the American workforce was dominated by female workers. At that time, 76 percent of women, including those who had children at home, worked outside of the home, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The tides have since shifted, and rates of female employment in the United States now fall well behind many European countries. Economic woes, a short supply of middle-class jobs and minimal family leave may have prompted the changes. According to a study from researchers at Johns Hopkins University, single women without children have actually driven the turnaround. Technology and international outsourcing have removed many low-skill, well-paying jobs from the workforce. Wages for work in healthcare services, laundry and social assistance — jobs dominated by women — have remained relatively stagnant for years. Despite this, the cost of living has steadily crept up. Other households tout the high cost of childcare and the relatively small amount of maternity leave allowed in the United States as reasons why they haven’t returned to the workforce after having children. The economic analysis resource The Upshot, powered by The New York Times, reports that many American companies give 12 weeks of maternity leave (largely unpaid), while most European countries give a year of paid leave and offer protections for part-time workers who want to return to the workforce. According to data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Canada,

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Japan, Switzerland, Australia, Germany, and France now outrank the U.S. in prime-age women’s labor force participation. The role women play as caregivers, not only for their own children or spouses, but for aging parents, also may be contributing to females dropping out of the labor force. A chronic-needs family member, such as a parent with dementia, can take away focus from employment. This can quickly result in a loss of a job. Employers interested in keeping talented women in the workforce can change corporate policies to reflect changes in modern society, including higher divorce rates, college debt and the higher cost of living. Flexibility in schedules, modernized work environments that focus on mobile connectivity from home and lack of negative repercussions for needing family time can help keep talented female employees working.

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Massage Therapy and Alterations Keeps Roland woman in business

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When Trisha Trimm began her massage therapy business in Roland in 2001, she realized she had enough time in between her clients to sew wedding gowns and make alterations which began as a second business, and more recently, added specialty cakes to her list of jobs. Owner of Spiritual Peace Mas-

sage at 818 S. Roland Road, Trimm has built up a following of faithful customers whom she provides with stress relieving massages and other modalities that keep them coming back. In addition to the massages, she also replaces zippers, hems garments, enlarges or lessens dress sizes particularly wedding gowns and now, has begun baking wedding cakes or cakes for just about any other

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the soft tissues and joints of the body. It helps to maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function and relieve pain,” she said. “It can improve blood and lymph circulation, relieve mental and physical fatigue, reduce stress, tension and anxiety.”

Trimm said her massages also prevent sore muscles due to overexertion, helps pain management, assist healing process with less connective tissue build-up and scarring. Trimm took her courses and received her license in Texas, her native state, and learned all she could about massage therapy and is knowledgeable about the health benefits from therapeutic massages. “When our circulation and lymph flow becomes stagnate and our physical being just can't function and when the internal trash can (our lymph system) gets full, the impurities in the blood have no place to go. By this time, the liver and kidneys are working overtime. If we do not drink enough water, the liver alone with its other 350 things it has to do, has to try to do the work for the kidneys alone. This does not work well, the body

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starts to swell and the heart gets very tired trying to pump 50 weight oil instead of blood,” she said. “Nerves are always in a frayed state and muscles become tense pulling bones in positions they should not be in. When this happens, the body starts pouring calcium in the joints to fill the void. Muscles move bones. If we can relax the muscles, we can bring some relief to the body as a whole. “Massages clean out the lymphatic system and releases pockets of stress. It is therapeutic,” she said. Trimm, who has done a lot of research and specializes in therapeutic massages, said a chain reaction is moved to help the body “assimilate” the toxins it has stored. “The kidneys again have the ability to filter the blood giving the liver a

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break,” she said. Trimm said she would like to remove the stigma which surrounds the massage industry and wants her clients to know of the health and spiritual benefits from the massages she gives. “When my clients leave Spiritual Peace Massage, that's exactly how I want them to feel; renewed, relaxed, revived, and peaceful,” she said. “I know once my clients experience my massage, they realize it is a necessity for their wellbeing. That's what my massages are all about.” Trimm and her husband, Derl, moved to Sequoyah County five years ago. She said she operated a massage therapy business in Texas and wanted to open one in Roland after the couple moved to the area. With some time on her hands

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in between her massage session and she began sewing wedding gowns and making alterations. “I love to sew. I sew just about anything including zippers, hemming, letting out, enlarge or lessen sizes of garments,” she said. She also does hand quilting and has made wedding dresses,” she said. Trimm said she has also always loved baking and makes wedding cakes when orders come in. “I don't bake those from the same location as my massage therapy business. Those I bake from my kitchen,” she said. “I enjoy what I do. My husband is retired and we have six children and 15 grandchildren and 12 great-grands. I wasn't ready to retire so Im glad I took courses in massage therapy. I never thought I would have a profession in

which I loved so much. I have a close relationship with God and He has given me a gift of reading people and it has helped me to find the right massage for that person. “I'm currently giving massages to a girl who gets migraines and they have helped her with the pain,” she said. “From massages, nerves are soothed. Muscles are relaxed, relieving some joint pain. Pockets of cellulose (fat) may start to disappear because there is no reason to store extra fluids or toxins under the skin,” she said. “The skin gets a renewed luster, the eyes shine, a smile returns to the face because we feel better inside and out. The simplicity of the hands on treatment of massage therapy brings you the feeling of new life.”

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Bright wishes atopinions this special time. Women redefining on Christmas body image Merry and self-esteem At the end of January 2018, beauty history was made when Ashley Graham was picked up by Revlon to be the first plus-sized model in history to land a major beauty contract, joining Gal Gadot, and Raquel Zimmerman in the new Live Boldly campaign. Graham also broke down barriers by being one of a handful of non-sample sized models to appear in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. Body diversity has become the topic du jour in the entertainment and modeling worlds. According to the data polling source Supplied and beauty manufacturing company Dove, nine in 10 women opt out

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of important life activities because of body image issues. A similar percentage of women put their health at risk to stop themselves from eating to lose weight. Cross-cultural research by Dove has indicated that body image recently reached critical impact levels. But thanks to more outspoken models and highprofile individuals, body image and self-esteem as these issues relate to women is improving. A 2016 study by Bryan Karazsia, an associate professor of psychology at The College of Wooster, examined data from more than 100,000 men and women over 31 years, finding women’s body image dis-

satisfaction dropped by 3.3 percent, a substantial finding. Some of the reasons behind the change include a shift in media depictions, a new body ideal of lean and toned rather than skinny, and because a greater number of people in North America are simply larger. Women can boost their self-esteem and reverse negative feelings about their bodies by introducing new thinking patterns. • Don’t always believe what you see. Some companies use very small models for their marketing efforts and through digital photo manipulation whittle down bodies even further. Some models dubbed

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plus-sized do not actually meet that classification. Models are considered plus-sized if they wear between a size eight and 12, with some as small as size six. The average American woman wears a size 16, according to the International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education, and that’s at the lower end of plus sized. • Shop fit not size. What’s appearing on racks may be subjected to ‘vanity sizing,’ where everything from jeans to swimwear is cut small. Rather than focusing on sizes on the tags, women should choose items

that fit well and feel comfortable. • Make a list of positive attributes. The National Eating Disorders Association recommends women focus on the things they like about themselves and attributes that pertain to more than their appearance. • Choose positive friends. Women can surround themselves with positive-minded people who do not compare their bodies to others’. Female self-esteem and positive body images are improving as more women and industries promote body positivity.

Sallisaw NOW Coalition Board Members and Employees. From left to right: (back row) NOW Taylor Coalition Board DFCCharles Sallisaw House, Chair. Chadwell, Members and Dyer, Employees. Project Director. Lindsie board member. fromOwens, L to R:board Debby Keith, Lindsie Dyer,Keith, Scott John member. (front) Debby Treasurer. AmyNetz, Edwards, PFSChadwell, Project Director. Farmer, Kim Taylor Louise Laura Kuykendall, Secretary. Melissa Lowe, Musselman, Charles House, Amy Edwards, board member and Kim Netz board member. and Laura Kuykendall. SEQUOYAH COUNTY TIMES

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Preserve hair color longer Communions, graduations, birthday parties, and summer vacations dot many peopleÕs social calendars each year. People want to look their best on special occasions, and salon or at-home hair treatments may help them look party-ready. People who color their hair regularly or are interested in a new look may wonder how they can prolong their hair care investment. To keep hair color looking shiny, vibrant and the right hue for as long as possible, employ these simple strategies.

day or get your hair wet every time you shower. Use a shower cap to cover up or pull long hair back. When you shower with a full shampoo, select products that are formulated for color-treated hair. Products that are sulfate-free may not be sufficient, according to the product-testing experts at Good Housekeeping.

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Pool water chemicals and salt water from the ocean may wreak havoc on hair color and texture. If a swimming cap is not your thing, try coatCover up ing your hair with a protective gloss According to the experts at Clairol, or even a layer of conditioner prior the sun can break down the color in to swimming. This will help hair rehair and also bleach away melanin, which gives hair its tain its moisture and keep the water from robbing hair natural pigment. When stepping outside, wear a hat of its color. whenever possible, especially when your hair will be Try hand-painted highlights exposed to the sun for prolonged periods of time. Hand-painted highlights, also known as the balayage Employ UV protection technique, can grow in more naturally, helping you A number of hair products feature built-in UV protec- go a few extra weeks between appointments. This will tion. Much like sunscreen for the skin, these sprays and help color to look like it is growing out more seamlesslotions can shield oneÕs hair and scalp from damaging ly until professional touch-ups are necessary. You also UV rays. can schedule a glossing treatment at the salon, which acts as a top coat for color to seal the hairÕs cuticle and Shampoo less Getting in the shower and wetting your hair daily can prolong color even further. Protect hair color to save time and money while still cause color pigments to leach out prematurely, resultlooking great. ing in fading color. There is no need to shampoo every

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Eyebrow health and maintenance Eyes may be windows into a person’s soul, but the eyebrows frame the eyes, help express feelings and add shape to the face. Eyebrows also can be subtle indicators of a person’s health. Caring for eyebrows is a part of any woman’s beauty and health regimen. According to the television personality Dr. Mehmet Oz, the shape and look of eyebrows can determine a lot about someone’s health. For example, Dr. Oz says that thinning eyebrows can be an indication of a nutrient deficiency. Thinning also may be a natural side effect of

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aging, since eyebrows grow more slowly than other body hair. Women who are missing the outer portion of their eyebrow, not due to over-plucking, may find that thyroid issues are to blame, according to the health editors at Good Housekeeping. If eyebrows remain thin after dietary changes and more moderate grooming habits have been tried, women should consult with their physicians. Although trends pertaining to eyebrows now lean toward fuller, more natural looking brows, hair removal

is still popular. Tweezing brows is one of the safest methods to groom eyebrows. Tweezing also offers the most control over how much hair is removed at one time. As with all brow-grooming methods, certain side effects can result from tweezing. Ingrown hairs, infections from open pores that let in bacteria and follicle damage may result from tweezing, according to the resource Smart Health Advice. Healthy diets, safe grooming techniques and watching for changes can keep eyebrows healthy and beautiful. Women should consult their physicians if or when they are experiencing problems with their eyebrows.

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Keith takes new position after successful city run ROY FAULKENBERRY EDITOR

Debby Keith was born and raised in Sallisaw, but after graduating from high school she moved around the country for 20 years before managing to light on a job she loves. Keith recently took on another job, working for another town in the state, that allows her to work from home. She had been the grant administrator for the City of Sallisaw since 2009, bringing in about $1 million a year to the city coffers, money that freed up other funds for city operations. After graduating from Sallisaw High School in 1974, Keith said she moved around for 20 years, living in Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Texas and Arkansas. During that period of time, she worked in home health centers and as a pharmacy tech at a couple of different hospitals. She finally made the move back to Sallisaw from Georgia in 1997 and went to work for Darren Girdner as the director of operations for his home health and hospice business. I worked there for 12 years and started with five

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employees. When I left, there were over 300 employees in Sallisaw, Muskogee and Poteau,” Keith said. “I started in 2009 with the city, as the grant administrator. Keith said the city had a grant writer at the time she went to work there and started training under her. “I took a few classes on grant writing and took advantage of any type of program that was available. I took all sorts of training. I think I have been a very successful grant writer,” she said. “My success as a grant writer is being detail oriented and having a good team.” As it turned out, Keith not only wrote grants for the city but represented the city of several boards and commissions, some of which she remains on despite taking the new job. “An opportunity came up and I

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served as the Community and Economic Development Specialist, which got me involved in different things in the county,” Keith said. She was asked to represent the city on the Youth and Recreation Commission, Airport Commission, Sallisaw NOW Coalition, Women in Business, Special Victims Unit and Chamber of Commerce Character First. Keith is a board member of the Sallisaw NOW Coalition where she managed to get two prevention specialists through grants she wrote that included a Partners for Success grant from the Cherokee Nation and a Drug Free Communities grant. “I'm proud to be part of that organization,” she said. She is equally proud of her work with the Special Victims Unit of the Sallisaw Police Department and is the current president of Women in Business, where she says her greatest pleasure is raising money to help kids go to college. In 2013, she became a board member of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate). Keith and her husband, Danny, raised three boys, all of whom graduated from Sallisaw. Danny retired from the City of Sallisaw where he was the telecommunications director and helped build the DiamondNet system in the city. “The things I'm interested in and involved in are part of my work. I want to help people and make the community a better place. Everything I did for the city helped people in the community. I feel very fortunate,” Keith said. Keith said the new job is a blessing and a new opportunity for her, and while she is no longer with the city, she remains involved through the various organizations she has become a part of. 32 • WOMEN’S EXPO 2018

A few of Keith's accomplishments while working for the City of Sallisaw include:

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• Sports Complex • Sports Complex Contract Committee • Relocation of Business to Sallisaw • Marketing Cellofoam Building • Airport Obstacles (Trees & Poles) • Airport Inspection Corrections (ALP & Pavement Management Plan) • Temporary Ball Fields • Animal Shelter • GRDA Economic Development • Carl Albert New Road Feasibility Study • Railroad Barricades – Main Street • Railroad Fencing by Library • Hwy 59 Utilities relocation • Liaison for the Airport with FAA and • Engineers

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Fascinating facts about females

The female body and mind is a marvel, and many different things distinguish women from men. The following are just a few of the many things that make women unique.

Health & body

- Women live longer than men on average because it is believed their immune systems age more slowly. (Source: Tokyo Medical and Dental University) - Male brains may be larger than female brains, but they both contain the same number of brain cells. (Source: Welcome Trust and Medical Research Council Behavioral and Clinical Neuroscience Institute) • Due to high production of estrogen during puberty, girls’ brains generally mature two years earlier than boys’. (Source: Encyclopedia of Children’s Health) • Women cry on average between 30 and 64 times a year, whereas men do so between six and 17 times. (Source: German Society of Ophthalmology) • The longest human pregnancy on record occurred in 1945. Beulah Hunter carried her baby for 375 days. (Source: Time magazine) • A female’s heartbeat is faster than a male’s. (Source: LiveStrong) • Women have a greater number of taste buds than men. (Source: 34 • WOMEN’S EXPO 2018

Physiological Society) • Women blink 19 times per minute. (Source: Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics) • At birth, a female has 1 million eggs. By the time she reaches puberty, only about 300,000 remain. Of these, only 300 to 400 will be ovulated during a woman’s reproductive lifetime. (Source: Cleveland Clinic) • Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of U.S. women. (Source: American Heart Association) • Women perspire half the amount as men. (Source: Science Daily)

Lifestyle

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• Women are generally very interested in and able to distinguish facial expressions, emotional tones in voices and nonverbal cues. (Source: Psychology Today) • Women pay less for auto insurance because they’re statistically less likely to get into car accidents. (Source: National Association of Insurance Commissioners) - More than 80 percent of women wear incorrectly-sized bras. (Source: Triumph Lingerie Company)

Employment & money

• Women earn more than 60 percent of all the college degrees issued in the United States. (Source: National Center for Education Statistics) • Only 20 percent of women in the United States earn more than $5,000 more than their spouses. (Source: U.S. Census Bureau)

• The smallest wage gap between men and women is in New Zealand. (NZ Ministry for Women)

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Brain-healthy habits to embrace Cognitive decline is a condition that is often associated with aging, but even middle-aged people can experience memory loss or cognition issues. The Alzheimer’s Association says that more than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. By 2050, that number could rise to as high as 16 million people. More than 747,000 Canadians are living with Alzheimer's or another dementia, says the Canadian Alzheimer’s Association. Although there is no definitive way to prevent dementia, living a long, vibrant life may be possible by encouraging some healthy habits for the brain. It is never too late or too early to begin health and lifestyle changes.

Exercise

Becoming more active can improve brain volume, reduce risk for dementia and improve thinking and memory skills. The journal Neurology found that older people who vigorously exercise performed better on cognitive tests than others of the same age, placing them at the equivalent of 10 years younger. Increased

blood flow that occurs with physical activity may help generate new neurons in the hippocampus, an area of the brain involved with learning and memory. The Harvard Medical School says aerobic exercise may help improve brain tissue by improving blood flow and reducing the chances of injury to the brain from cholesterol buildup in blood vessels. Quit smoking The Alzheimer’s Association indicates that evidence shows smoking increases the risk of cognitive decline. Smoking can impair blood flow to the brain and cause small strokes that may damage blood vessels.

Eat healthy foods

Foods that are good for the heart and blood vessels also are good for the brain. These include fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fish-based proteins, unsaturated fats, and foods containing omega-3 fatty acids. Neurologists state that, while research on diet and cognitive function is limited, diets, such as Mediterranean and Mediterranean-DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension), may contribute to a lower risk of

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cognitive issues.

Consume caffeine

Caffeine may help boost memory performance and brain health. A Journal of Nutrition study found people ages 70 and older who consumed more caffeine scored better on tests of mental function than those who consumed less caffeine. Caffeine may help improve attention span, cognitive function and feelings of well-being. Information from Psychology Today also indicates caffeine may help in the storage of dopamine, which can reduce feelings of depression and anxiety. In addition, compounds in cocoa and coffee beans may improve vascular health and help repair cellular damage due to high antioxidant levels.

Work the brain

Engaging in mentally stimulating activities can create new brain connections and more backup circuits, states Dr. Joel Salinas, a neurologist at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital. Working the brain through puzzles, reading and participating in social situations can stimulate the release of brain-derived

neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a molecule essential for repairing brain cells and creating connections between them. A good way to combine these lifestyle factors is to take an exercise class with friends, mixing the social, stimulation and exercise recommendations together. Cognitive decline can come with aging, but through healthy habits, people can reduce their risk of memory loss and dementia.

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5 effective ways to alleviate stress

Stress affects everyone at some point in their lives and does not discriminate based on gender, nationality, ethnicity, economic status, or age. The American Institute of Stress says job-related stress costs businesses millions of dollars each year due to unanticipated absences. In fact, work is the foremost source of stress for many adults. Although not all stress is bad and stress responses can motivate people to perform more effectively, repeated stress is a problem. The National Institute of Mental Health says routine stress that becomes chronic can suppress immune system functions, disrupt digestion, adversely affect sleep, and cause abnormal changes in reproductive systems. People who have chronic stress are often prone to frequent and severe viral infections, like colds and the flu. Repetitive stress may be the most difficult to recognize because it often becomes a part of daily life. Managing stress and anxiety involves finding techniques that work for each individual. While not every approach works for everyone, the following are five effective means to managing stress. 1. Exercise: The American Psychological Association says research continues to confirm the benefits of exercise in regard to combatting stress. Regular exercise has longterm benefits, but even a 20-minute exercise session dur-

ing a stressful time can produce an immediate effect that lasts a few hours. 2. Deep breathing: Mindful breathing can be effective and only takes 10 minutes. Men and women battling stress can sit in a comfortable position with their eyes closed and imagine themselves in a relaxing place while slowly breathing in and out. 3. Take a break: Removing oneself from a stressful situation for a little while can be helpful. A brief break of 15 to 20 minutes can provide a sense of calm. 4. Cognitive-behavioral therapy: Harvard Medical School defines cognitive-behavioral therapy, or CBT, as a process of changing unhealthy thinking in order to change emotions. Therapists will identify negative thinking patterns and help patients learn to automatically replace them with healthy or positive thoughts. 5. Support network: Simply having someone to talk to can help tame stress. People should surround themselves with others they trust who are good listeners. These can be friends, family members or professional therapists. Talking oneself through stressful situations can provide relief. Stress is a growing problem that can adversely affect one’s health in various ways. Relieving stress involves identifying the stressor and taking a proactive approach before symptoms of stress worsen.

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serve as clerk for the city commission. She works closely with Sallisaw City Manager Keith Skelton. Other parts of her duties include responding to open records requests, scheduling meetings of the various boards and commissions, preparing agendas, keeping minutes of all those meetings and filing and recording documents that may be related to elections or sales tax changes. Davis humbly says she couldn't accomplish these tasks without the help of her deputy clerk Kim Jamison and Lisa Gabbert. To get to where she is now wasn't the short road, but rather a long trip working her way up through the ranks. Born and raised in Sallisaw, Davis is a 1981 graduate of Sallisaw High School. After graduation, she spent two years at Northeastern State University (NSU) at Tahlequah where the elementary teacher and speech pathology studies came into play. While attending NSU, Davis worked for the Cherokee Nation as a cashier at the Tsa La Gi Lodge Restaurant of the Cherokees, later working the front desk and coordinating special events, and even taking care

of the salad bar when needed. “I left the Cherokee Nation. I was driving back and forth from Sallisaw to Tahlequah, and I was looking for something closer to home,” Davis said. “My aunt Judy saw an advertisement for the city and called. I applied and spoke with Mary Farmer and asked her if a lot had applied. I went to work for the city March 12, 1986. Elton Rogers was the city clerk and Jim Hudgens was the city manager.” When she was first hired, Davis said she answered all the incoming calls for the city, the planning commission and the board of adjustment. “I remember Ken Callahan coming in, and he said I had to do agendas. I didn't know what that was. Mary Farmer was a great mentor. She was personnel coordinator and deputy city clerk,” Davis said. “I'm one of those that likes to stay busy. If I had gaps in time I would ask her if there was anything I could do. She took me under her wing.” Davis also praised Jim Hudgens, the city manager at the time, saying, “He was wonderful. He allowed me space to make mistakes, telling

me there is nothing we can't fix. It didn't scare you to death if you did something wrong.” When Mary Farmer retired, Davis was moved into her position serving as deputy city clerk under city clerk Bob Park. “When Bob retired in 2010, I was moved to city clerk/ treasurer,” she said. “A typical day for me consists of a million questions – a wide range of questions, pretty much non-stop. I prepare agendas, keep and record minutes, take care of employee benefits (for about 133 employees), worker's comp claims, do Department of Labor reports and work with the city attorney. The city attorney John Robert (Montgomery) has taught me a lot. I work with him very closely,” Davis said. “I post the minutes and agendas on the website and review any tort claims involving the city. We also prepare the payroll to be sent to accounting.” Davis again says she could not accomplish all of this without the help of Jamison and Gabbert. “I couldn't do what I do without them. This office works hand-in-hand with the city manager and the council. We interact with all the departments,”

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she said. “We couldn't do what we do without the cooperation of the other departments. We're all a team.” She praised former Mayor George Glenn as being instrumental in her career by always being supportive as she moved up the ladder and being proud for her. “Bill Baker, when he was city manager, was a great teacher and great mentor,” Davis said. “He said if I was willing to do anything for one citizen or employee, I should be able to do it for others. It was a basic human life skill.” With all of that, Davis does find time to do a little volunteer work at Oak Ridge Assembly of God Church and the Diamond Daze Festival. She also works with the Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce and Sallisaw Main Street in terms of what they might need from the city.

If all of that isn't enough, Davis' husband, Will, passed away in 2016, which left her in charge of their small cow/calf operation. “To me, the cow/calf operation is relaxing, away from the noise here. I like to go walking just for the exercise, and I love to cook and bake. I love to make homemade jelly,” Davis said. Davis has three children, Amanda Vinson, Andrea Farish and Derrek Branham, and three grandchildren, Lexie, Harlee and Zayn. “We've (the city) got some exciting things going on right now. It's exciting to see Keith Skelton leading the staff. The citizens are going to like what they see. Overall, over the years, I hope I've made a difference in the community. When someone comes in and you've been able to help, I just feel like I've made a difference,” Davis said.

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Understanding factors that can contribute to fatigue Women serve many roles each day. From mothers to employees to spouses, women must perform a balancing act that can lead to fatigue as a side effect. According to recent research from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, women are more likely than men to say they’re tired or even exhausted. All of that running around certainly can contribute to fatigue, but other factors also can lead to tiredness. Getting to the root of fatigue can help women regain their energy levels.

Insufficient sleep

Women tend to multitask and use more of their brains than men, leading to a greater need for sleep, reports the National Sleep Foundation. Even though they may require more hours of shuteye, many women are not getting the proper rest. In order to gain more energy, NSF recommends women get regular exercise, limit their caffeine and alcohol intake, improve their sleeping environments (i.e. a dark, cool room), and establish routine sleep and wake times to promote better chances of sleeping between seven and nine per night. The NSF also notes that women are more likely than men to experience insomnia. Women whose energy levels are dwindling due to sleeplessness should seek assistance from their physicians.

adrenal hormone imbalance can rob women of energy, leading to feelings of tiredness all the time. Finding successful methods of relieving stress can help women regain energy. Delegating work or asking for help is one way for women to lighten their workloads. Mindfulness and meditation may help calm overactive thoughts. Exercise also is a healthy way to relieve stress and can promote the release of feel-good endorphins.

Anemia

Anemia may be the culprit behind some women’s sagging energy levels. The Mayo Clinic defines anemia as a condition in which the body does not have sufficient healthy red blood cells to carry enough oxygen to bodily tissues. Anemia may be mild or severe, temporary or chronic. Treatment for anemia may be as Stress simple as eating a healthy diet. The Women’s Health Network Supplementation with iron or ironpoints out that constant stress or rich foods may be recommended 42 • WOMEN’S EXPO 2018

as well. Anemia also can be caused by hidden blood loss. That’s why it’s best to address anemia under the supervision of a doctor.

Lack of exercise

Although it may seem like exercise would tire a person out, the opposite is true. WebMD says studies consistently show that people who exercise regularly experience less fatigue than those who do not. The reasons are not completely understood, but it could be due to exercise helping the body to work more efficiently and pumping oxygen-rich blood where it is needed. Exercise can help with sleep issues, anxiety and depression, which also zap energy levels. To boost energy, exercise in the low- to medium-exertion range. Exercises to try include biking, walking, light resistance training, or even yoga. Restoring energy levels can be easier once the source of fatigue is identified. SEQUOYAH COUNTY TIMES


Women and STEM

The number of women entering the professional fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is slowly growing around the world, but there is still a sizable gender gap in these professions. According to the College Board, which produces many standardized tests, only 27 percent of all students taking the AP Computer Science exam in the United Science are women. Similarly, just 18 percent of American computerscience degrees are attained by females. However, this is not the case elsewhere in the world. A paper by Gijsbert Stoet and David Geary published in Psychological Science not-

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ed that women who live in countries with traditionally higher gender inequality tend to choose STEM professions more The number of women entering the professional fields of science, technolengineering, and mathematics (STEM) is slowly growing around the readily. Algeria, for ex- ogy, world, but there is still a sizable gender gap in these professions. ample, has one of the highest ratios of women in STEM than other majors after graduation. professions, at 41 percent. Stoet STEM majors typically earn an averand Geary surmise that women in age of $15,500 more annually than these countries may be choosing non-STEM majors. Engineering and careers with the strongest path to engineering technology tends to pay the most. Women eager to sefinancial independence. According to a U.S. Department of cure competitive, stable and wellEducation report, students studying paying jobs should carefully conscience or math in college have a sider the opportunities available to higher employment rate and salary them in STEM fields.

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Vintage describes Perry's work, volunteerism ROY FAULKENBERRY EDITOR

Margaret Perry likes vintage stuff, and it shows in the way she makes a living and what she does in terms of volunteer work. Perry owns and operates Alley and Elm, and as the name would imply, the business is located at 213 Elm Street in Sallisaw, next to an alley. Her business offers an eclectic array of vintage furniture, household accessories, candles, jewelry and just about anything someone might want to sell on consignment. Born and raised in Sallisaw, Perry graduated from Sallisaw High School in 1970 and briefly attended what was then known as Westark Community College where she studied business. In 1971-72, she worked at Grey's in what was the new Phoenix Village Mall in Fort Smith, that is until she met Gus Perry and the couple married in 1973. It wasn't long after the couple got married that they bought and opened Perry's Office Supply and moved back to Sallisaw. “I stayed home after we bought the office supply to raise our three daughters, Natalie, Jocelyn and Lindsay,” Perry said. “When Lindsay was a junior in high school, I decided it was time to get out of the house. I went to work for 44 • WOMEN’S EXPO 2018

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Margaret Perry showing her love for vintage furniture inside Alley and Elm

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the City of Sallisaw in 2001 in customer service. I worked there a little over seven years. I absolutely loved working for the city, learning about the workings of the city.” Perry said she worked off and on at the office supply store for about three years before taking a course at the vocational technical school where, as she put it, she learned the skill of upholstery. “I had always wanted a shop like this (Alley and Elm). I had a drive to have vintage furniture. Phil Green was going to tear down these buildings and we bought all three buildings and restored them. It was quite a bit of work meeting the codes. We had to put in new electrical wiring 46 • WOMEN’S EXPO 2018

and make everything to code,” Perry said. “I opened the salon first and then opened the resale shop next door. Right before Christmas of that year, I opened the last building. I do some consignment in one side and the other side is all mine.” To help fill her shop, Perry said she goes to auctions, or goes out on the road to do a little “picking.” “You never know what you're going to find,” she said. “It's really rewarding, especially seeing the people who come in. This will be my seventh Christmas open house. I've already got it planned. It's a lot of work, but it's fun.” A statement from one of her daughters who had come home

from school started Perry on another quest that soon became a passion. Her daughter told her 'downtown was really looking bad.” In visiting with Julie Ferguson, the former mayor and former grant writer for the city, Perry said she learned about the Oklahoma Main Street Program. “We contacted Oklahoma Main Street and they sent two people down who told us what we needed to do to get organized. We started talking to the merchants downtown,” Perry said. “There was a lot of interest and for the most part they wanted to restore downtown.” That led to getting a 501 (3) C designation and incorporation. HowevSEQUOYAH COUNTY TIMES

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