Friday Thoughts - Women Who Empower Us

by - June 16, 2017

I'd like to began this Friday's (yay!) post with a small editors note to those who have begun to read.  THANK YOU!  Thank you for reading.  As I said in my first post I am here to start a conversation about anything and everything, I don't want this to be a blog based on shopping and products.  I am writing because I want to and not because I would like to make money or have this as my full-time job (tidbit about me, I have a great full-time job in healthcare).  I will post about products I like and shopping because I like that stuff but mostly I'm here to write about life in general.  So enough about me.

In today's political climate there is a big focus on woman's rights... and I LOVE it.  I am a woman in the the workforce (healthcare), the daughter of a mother who is an accomplished physician and I am excited by strong women and women who support each other.  It's a great feeling.  The main stream media and social media focus on those like, Hilary Clinton, Amy Schumer and Beyonce, and while I like the women power they exude I'd like to talk about those who fly under the radar.

Maya Lin (1960-)

Maya Lin is an American Architect and Sculptor who designed The Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. and The Civil Rights Memorials in Montgomery, Alabama.  She focuses on environmental issues and uses recycled and natural materials, true to sustainable design solutions.  She is a visionary minimalist who has an incredible portfolio of fascinating art.  More about Maya Lin here.

Dr. Sally Ride (1951-2012)

Dr. Sally Ride was the first American woman in space.  She was an astronaut and astrophysicist aboard the Challenger space shuttle in 1983 (the year I was born!).  She beat out 1,000 other applicants for the NASA astronaut program in 1983.  After her space mission she became the director of the California Space Institute at the University of California, San Diego.  She died on July 23, 2012 after battling pancreatic cancer.  More about Dr. Sally Ride here.

Ann Cotton (1950-)

Ann Cotton is an entrepreneur and philanthropist who the founded the Campaign for Female Education, know as CAMFED.  CAMFED in a non-profit organization whose emission is to educate women in poverty stricken areas of the world and empower them to become leaders in their communities.  CAMFED works with these women throughout, their education to break the cycle of inequality and create opportunity.  In 2014 Cotton was awarded the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) prize for the work she has done.  More about Cotton here and more about CAMFED here.

Valerie Amos (1954-)

Valerie Amos was appointed the Secretary of State for International Development in 2003 this made her the first woman of African decent to serve in the Cabinet of the United Kingdom.  Throughout her political career Amos has fought for issues such as social security, international development, women's issues and foreign affairs.   More about Valerie Amos here.

Nina Tandon (1980-)

Nina Tandon is a biomedical engineer who studies ways to use electrical signals to grow artificial tissues for transplants.  She is one of the co-founders and the CEO of EpiBone, the world's first company to grow and reconstruct bones. Tandon was a TED Speaker in both 2011 and 2012 received the honor of  as one of the Foreign Policy's 2015 Global Thinkers.  More about Nina Tandon here.

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