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Women & Workplace Equity

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By Mariella Hernandez I have been employed since I graduated from college. Even through the birth of my two children, I have continued to work, for pay, full time for over 15 years. Working in the healthcare industry I thought that “workplace equity” was not an issue for me. After all, I was surrounded by women who managed to balance…

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Women & Compliments

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By Amanda Lepof   “I love your haircut.” “Doesn’t she have a nice smile?” “She’s wearing a pretty color, while the rest of us women are dressed in black.” These are perfectly nice things to hear, but depending on when they’re said at work, can compliments be a subtle form of gender discrimination? I’ve actually heard each of these. Here’s…

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Women & Natural Hair

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By Sacred B. Huff  During my first year of law school, I wore weave the entire year. Not once did I ever wear my natural hair. The reason why was simple: I had grown to believe that, as a black woman, my natural kinky hair was “unkempt” and “unprofessional.” I even felt less beautiful whenever I didn’t wear weave. Fast…

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Women & Intern Advice

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  By Anna Foster If one place was awarded the title of the City of Interns, I’m positive it would be Washington, DC. Since moving here, I myself have had four internships! Every year thousands of young people flock to DC hoping to explore their interests, gain experience, and expand their network of professional connections, for which there is hardly…

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Women & Motherhood

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Michelle Williams is a 2016 Graduate Public Service Scholar, healthcare analyst, and mother of two. This month we talked to Michelle about motherhood, work, and taking risks. Happy Mother’s Day! Making A Change Prior to pursuing a career in healthcare informatics, Michelle was a news reporter. Her passion for healthcare inspired her to become a doctor, but after several detours…

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Women & Money

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By Mary Bruce I adopted a dog today. I hadn’t planned on it. But my husband and I stopped at the local SPCA and, well, this pup chose me. And I’m smitten. I named her Nalu (Hawaiian for “wave”). In my new-dog-mom excitement, I went to the nearest big box store to get The Necessary Supplies: Dog bed. Dog bowls….

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Women & Puerto Rico

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by Racquel Sohasky Six months ago, Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico as a near Category 5 storm, lashing the island with wind and rain for over 30 hours. The effects were widespread and catastrophic, wiping out electricity and running water across the entire island. This destruction would incapacitate for any town, state, or country, but it was devastating for Puerto…

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Women & Friendship

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by Wooten Epes I never expected that a few phone calls from a bright, energetic young lady on Bill Clinton’s first gubernatorial campaign would lead to a friendship unlike any other I’ve had. In 1978, B.A. was responsible for cajoling 75 county campaign coordinators—myself included—into performing tasks the campaign needed to happen in each county. Usually, this meant the unglamorous…

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Women & 2017

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by Rebecca Davis In many ways, 2017 was a tough year of chaos and upheaval, but it was also a year of women fighting back and making chaos of their own. Some women are fictional, some are real and yet larger than life, some are solo acts and some are whole movements of women and allies. These women didn’t just…

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Women & Breaking Barriers

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by Dr. Dava Newman Eleanor Roosevelt once said that the “future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” I want to thank the organizers of the Breaking Barriers event, the board members of the B.A. Rudolph Foundation, the sponsors, and all the STEM leaders here. I thank you for your creativity, innovation, imagination, and for your…

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