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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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Women & Reclaiming Our Time

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By Rebecca Davis, Kristen Hecht, and Maggie Moore On January 21, 2017, people around the world, including members of the B. A. Rudolph Foundation family, gathered to march – not against the election of one man – but because they believed in a world that is equitable, tolerant, just and safe for all, one in which the human rights and…

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Women & Work-Life Balance

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By Eleanor Krause The United States may be referred to as the “leader of the free world” but it lags woefully way behind other nations when it comes to supporting its workforce – specifically, in providing employees with paid time off to address personal needs like caring for infants or elderly relatives, or recovering from personal illness. A few states…

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Women & STEM Education

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By Meredith Moore When I was in college, Larry Summers – then the president of Harvard University – suggested that one reason there are few women in the top science positions is a lack of aptitude compared to men. As a woman majoring in science, I was outraged. Almost a decade later, I am outraged again that Google engineer James Damore…

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Women & Financial Empowerment

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By Shreya Das I returned home one day two years ago, to find my aunt comforting a sobbing woman as she told her about her experiences at the hands of an abusive husband. Poonam was a maid working several shifts during the day while simultaneously looking after her children and her own household in the evening. Her husband had just forced…

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