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Break The Silence: Women Leading Women Out of Domestic Violence with Melissa Holmes

Domestic violence, as explained by the Joyful Heart Foundation, is a “pattern of abusive behavior characterized by the intent to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner or other family members.”  It can take many forms:  Physical, Sexual, Emotional and/or Verbal, Economic, or Psychological.  Melissa Holmes, founder of the organization Love Shouldn’t […]

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Alana Tillman–Mouth Artist

Alana Tillman is a mouth artist, born with Arthrogryposis. Growing up in a creative household, with artists on both sides of the family, art was always encouraged. She started painting at the age of five and hasn’t stopped since.         Alana received an AA in fine arts from  the Santa Rosa Junior College and was […]

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Maeve Flak is Given a Unique Voice

Maeve Flak was born 8 years ago with cerebral palsy, leaving her unable to speak. That never stopped her though. Using a pre-programmed voice device to communicate, Flak can carry on conversations with friends and family. The only problem with these devices is that they don’t give the user a personalized voice, more like what they would […]

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Estella’s Brilliant Bus

Estella Pyfrom noticed a growing problem in Palm Beach, Florida while working as a school guidance counselor…some students did not have access to a computer at home or after school. Fearing these children would be left behind, Pyfrom took all of her savings, bought a bus and turned it into a mobile computer lab. Estella’s […]

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Maura Horton–Designing Independence

When Maura Horton’s husband was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, she and her family were thrown into a struggle no one is ever ready for. The hardest part is watching someone you love not be able to do everyday tasks that most take for granted. Noticing adaptive clothing wasn’t working for her husband, it sparked an idea. Most adaptive […]

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Jillian Mercado–Paving the Way for Disabled Models

Model Jillian Mercado is a pioneer in the fashion world. Being born with Muscular Dystrophy didn’t stop her from pursuing her dream of becoming a model. You may have seen her featured in Diesel campaigns, Nordstrom’s, and most recently the face of Beyonce’s merchandise. “I kind of took it on as a challenge to make sure that I represented all […]

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1000 Barbies for 1000 Girls

At just 9 years old, Gianni Graham decided to start a selfless project after receiving a few Barbie dolls for Christmas. Graham felt that ‘”every doll deserves a doll” which inspired her to begin collecting donations to give to young girls in shelters. Her goal is to collect 1,000 dolls for 1,000 girls, wanting to spread happiness to less […]

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Veronika Scott–Designing Empowerment

When given a design project in school, Veronika Scott wanted to make this project mean something. Growing up in Detroit, Scott saw the struggle of the homeless population and that sparked an idea. She designed a coat that can also be used as a sleeping bag. Known now as ‘Empowerment Plan‘, this coat brought a lot […]

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Jearlean Taylor — A “Model Survivor”

At the age of 3, Jearlean Taylor was diagnosed with cancer. The treatment was rough, but being a fighter even at that age, she beat it. Taylor, however, was left with 2 permanent osotmy bags. Today she is a model and advocate for ostomy awareness. Through her book, ‘Pretty Girl Blues,’ she describes her struggle and […]

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Chasity Strawder- Beating the Odds

  In 2010, Chasity Strawder was suffering from gastroparesis, homeless and pregnant with her second son, she never gave up hope while pregnant with her second son.  In 2014, Strawder wrote a book called, “Broken For The Promise” describing her journey. Recently overcoming Stage 4 Endometriosis, she is a school principal and blogger.

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