Women's Issues

Denise Austin

Denise Austin

Denise Austin promotes a sensible, realistic, and enthusiastic approach to fitness and eating: She works out only 30 minutes a day and never skips a meal! Her health and fitness philosophies have won her countless fans throughout the United States, who send her over 10,000 letters and e-mails a week. She has been named "America's favorite fitness expert."

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Meredith Baxter

Meredith Baxter

Meredith Baxter has devoted much of her time to speaking out on issues about which she is passionate. A champion of women's rights, she is an active supporter of NARAL and Planned Parenthood. Baxter was involved with The Center to Prevent Handgun Violence and lobbied extensively on behalf of the Brady Bill, the National Crime Bill and gun control measures. She has also worked with members of the California Senate and Assembly on state legislative matters.

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Donna Brazile

Donna Brazile

Author of the best-selling memoir Cooking with Grease: Stirring the Pots in American Politics, Brazile is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University; a syndicated columnist for Universal Uclick, Ms. Magazine, and O, The Oprah Magazine; and an on-air contributor to CNN and ABC, where she regularly appears on This Week.

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Nancy Brinker

Nancy Brinker

Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker is regarded as the leader of the global breast cancer movement. Her journey began with a simple promise to her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would do everything possible to end the shame, pain, fear and hopelessness caused by this disease. In one generation, the organization that bears Susan′s name has changed the world.

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Susan Johnson Cook

Susan Johnson Cook

Suzan Johnson Cook was the first female and African-American to hold the position of US ambassador for international religious freedom. She has also served as a principal advisor to the president and the secretary of state. Additionally, she has been the faith advisor to two US Presidents, three cabinet secretaries, as well as political and celebrity leaders. She has been featured on Good Morning America, Today, The Today Show, as well as on Good Day NY, NY1 and CNN.

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Fran Drescher

Fran Drescher

An accomplished film actress, Fran Drescher won Esquire Magazine’s Five Minute Oscar for her memorable performance in the mockumentary This is Spinal Tap. She has co-starred in countless films through out her career with the likes of Robin Williams, Dan Aykroyd, Tim Robbins and Billy Crystal. Not to mention such esteemed directors as Rob Reiner, Milos Forman and Francis Ford Coppola. But she is most proud of "Beautician and The Beast" a film she both executive produced as well as starred in with Timothy Dalton.

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America Ferrera

America Ferrera

America Ferrera is perhaps best known for her Emmy Award-winning portrayal of "Betty Suarez" on the ABC hit comedy Ugly Betty, but she is also a devoted humanitarian who dedicates her time, energy, and dazzling star power to generating attention to the causes that are near and dear to her heart, particularly those impacting children and their education.

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Gwendolyn Goldsby Grant

Gwendolyn Goldsby Grant

Gewndolyn Goldsby Grant's specializations include assertiveness training, affirmative action, multicultural issues, parenting, human sexuality, male-female relationships, child and elderly care, sexual harassment, stress management, and a theology of hope in critical times. Dr. Gwendolyn Grant is also an advice columnist for ESSENCE Magazine. Her monthly column Between Us is read by over 7.5 million readers. Dr. Grant has hosted a mental health radio talk show. She does guest appearances on television and radio.

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Asma Gull Hasan

Asma Gull Hasan

Asma Gull Hasan co-authored book entitled “Mean Girls, Meaner Women: Understanding Why Women Backstab, Betray and Trash Talk Each Other and How to Heal” is currently available. It is a book for girls in their late teens and adult women who are interested in learning more about why females hurt each other. The book talks about meanness as a coping strategy for women, women's difficulty handling angry and competitive feelings and other influences that foster an environment where women are hostile toward one another.

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Christina Hoff Sommers

Christina Hoff Sommers

Christina Hoff Sommers is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC. Before joining AEI, she was a professor of philosophy at Clark University where she specialized in moral theory. A review of common feminist myths, untruths, and exaggerations: that gender is a 'social construction'; that American women are an oppressed class; that women earn 75 cents for every dollar a man ears; that violence against women increases 40 percent on Super Bowl Sunday - and more.

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Bell Hooks

Bell Hooks

Bell Hooks is one of the most widely published black feminist scholars in the U.S. An outspoken cultural critic, educational theorist, and professor of English, she is famous for her analyses of the politics of race, gender, class and culture. She has taught at the University of Southern California, Oberlin College, Yale University and as Distinguished Professor of English at The City College of New York. She is currently the Distinguished Professor in Residence in Appalachian Studies at Berea College in Kentucky.

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Lauren Hutton

Lauren Hutton

Lauren Hutton has almost single-handedly made it okay to be over 50--by proving that women can be vivacious and beautiful at any age. Hutton has consistently shown how to age and navigate transition successfully. This once-super-model turned style icon has appeared in over 25 movies and hundreds of fashion spreads and ad campaigns. Hutton is living proof that self-confidence, spunk and individuality are the real stuff of beauty.

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Kathy Ireland

Kathy Ireland

One of the 50 most influential people in fashion according to Fairchild Publications, Kathy Ireland is the CEO and chief designer of her remarkably successful design and marketing company, Kathy Ireland Worldwide (kiWW). Founded in 1993, it has become a "design empire which grosses over 1.9 billion dollars annually in retail sales," as reported by Forbes Magazine. She is a business visionary, supermodel, and the CEO of Kathy Ireland Worldwide.

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Roxanne Jones

Roxanne Jones

Founding Editor of ESPN the Magazine and Senior Vice President of ESPN, Roxanne Jones joined ESPN in 1997. She is one of the founding editors of The Magazine that now boasts more than 14.7 million readers and three ASME awards for General Excellence.

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Sheryl Lee Ralph

Sheryl Lee Ralph

Original DREAMGIRL, Sheryl Lee Ralph is an acclaimed veteran of film, television and the Broadway stage. As a producer, Ralph created the critically acclaimed Divas Simply Singing!, an evening of song and entertainment that has become one of the most highly anticipated AIDS benefits in Hollywood. Following on the success of Divas Simply Singing, Ralph has added a one-woman show Sometimes I Cry to her list of credits. Written, directed and performed by Ralph, this complex and thought-provoking play, illustrates the heartbreaking, yet inspiring real life stories of culturally diverse women whose lives unravel as they cope with their HIV/AIDS reality.

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Mavis Leno

Mavis Leno

Mavis Nicholson Leno is the Chair of the Feminist Majority Foundation's Campaign to Help Afghan Women and Girls, and has been the United States' most outspoken critic of the Taliban's horrific treatment of women. Leno joined the Board of Directors of the Feminist Majority Foundation in 1997, after playing an active role in the effort to defeat Proposition 209, the anti-affirmative action initiative on the 1996 California ballot.

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Mia Love

Mia Love

Mayor Mia Love is best known for her conservative positions on limited government, increased citizen liberties and limited restraints on business. She believes the best thing she can do as mayor is stay out of the way of business and out of the lives of citizens. She advocates a return to the personal responsibility and reduced government dependency engendered by her father.

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Susan Love

Susan Love

Susan M Love, MD, MBA has dedicated her professional life to the eradication of breast cancer. As President of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, she oversees an active research program centered on breast cancer cause and prevention. She is also a Clinical Professor of Surgery at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine.

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Michele Pillar

Michele Pillar

Michele’s tutor was her childhood. She survived the common ravages of alcoholic parents and later God taught her how to lean on Him to function free from the damages of it. “We are all damaged in some way. As a child, God met me under the bed where I hid to escape my home-life and now He meets me on stage, as I hang up my former beliefs (garments) on “The Clothesline” for all to see. God is using my stories to usher in courage for attendees in order for them to face their stories.”—Pillar.

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Selena Rezvani

Selena Rezvani

Selena Rezvani is a recognized author, speaker, and consultant on women and leadership. She is the founder and president of Women's Roadmap, a consulting firm whose goal is to propel more women into leadership positions and to help companies position an inclusive workplace as a competitive advantage.

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