Women's Issues

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 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

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

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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Barbara Bush

America's favorite First Lady First Lady Barbara Bush endeared to millions around the world for her tireless energy, goodwill, and humor, she often jokes that her success in life is a result of marrying well. As a former First Lady, she had a unique opportunity to make a difference in the public eye during her husband's service as Vice President and President of the United States. Throughout her years in public life and since leaving the White House in 1993, she has volunteered in, and supported, hundreds of charitable and humanitarian causes.

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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 Dresche

An accomplished film actress, Fran Dresche 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 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

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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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 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 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

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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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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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

Original DREAMGIRL, Sheryl Lee Ralph is an acclaimed veteran of film, television and the Broadway stage. Her award winning body of work includes creating and originating the role of Deena Jones on Broadway in the landmark musical Dreamgirls.After Dreamgirls, Ralph turned her attention to music, television and film. She scored a top-ten selling dance hit in the mid-eighties with the infectious anthem In the Evening and again in the nineties with her remake of Here Comes the Rain Again. On television, Sheryl Lee Ralph has starred in It's a Living, her own series New Attitude, the George Foreman series George and in the hit comedy Designing Women. She was also voted one of TV's Favorite Moms for her portrayal of step mom Dee on the number-one rated television series Moesha. She broke new ground In the SHOWTIME series, Barbershop, as the popular, post-operative transsexual, Claire. Recently, Ralph brought a new face to the sufferings of war in the NBC hit series ER. Her extensive film credits include Sister Act II with Whoopi Goldberg, The Flintstones with Rosie O'Donell, The Mighty Quinn with Denzel Washington, Mistress with Robert De Niro, and Eddie Murphy's Distinguished Gentleman. Sheryl Lee Ralph's performance with Danny Glover in To Sleep with Anger won her the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actress. 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. She is also the founding creator of The Jamerican Film & Music Festival which in five years has given birth to five SHOWTIME Filmmaker Finalists. Ralph has found new success in writing and directing with her award-winning film short Secrets. With an all-star cast that includes Oscar nominee Alfre Woodard, Tina Lifford, Victoria Rowell, La Tanya Richardson, Robin Givens and Ralph herself. Secrets was a finalist in the HBO Film Short Competition, Showtime Filmmakers Series, Acapulco Black Film Festival, Hollywood Film Festival, Pan African Film Festival, Urban World Film Festival and an audience favorite at Outfest Film Festival. 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. Ralph uses her remarkable talent to poignantly bring these women to life in a way that touches the heart leaving audiences deeply moved and encouraged to know their status. Met with an extraordinary outpouring of love and acceptance after its initial performance at the National Black Women and HIV/AIDS Conference in Los Angeles in 2005, Sometimes I Cry, continues to be performed in the US and abroad. Mother of two, Sheryl Lee Ralph loves every moment of raising her children. Recently married to State Senator Vincent Hughes of Pennsylvania in what Entertainment Tonight called, "The most elegant and romantic wedding of the summer!" she acknowledges that love is the greatest gift to be given and shared.

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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

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 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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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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Holly Robinson Peete

Holly Robinson Peete is a celebrity actress on shows such as “21 Jump Street” and “Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper”, as well as her day-tim talk show called "The Talk". She also speakers and fights for cancer patients and children with Autism. While Holly Robinson Peete is probably best known to many for her roles as an actress on such hit television shows as “21 Jump Street” and “Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper.”

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Lynn St. James

Named “one of the top 100 female athletes of the century” by Sports Illustrated, Lyn St. James has set 31 national and international speed records and succeeded in the sport of auto racing at levels unparalleled by any other woman. As a competitor in the world′s largest sporting event, the Indianapolis 500, St. James masterfully drove her way to earn Rookie of the Year honors in 1992. With six-Indy 500′s to her credit, St. James has competed in more of these prestigious events than any other woman in the race′s 82-year history.

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Venus Williams

Venus Williams entered the pro ranks of the Women's Tennis Association when she was 14 years old. Soon, the whole world was watching her rack up 43 WTA Tour titles and three Olympic Gold medals, break the record for fastest serve ever recorded (129 mph), and compete in the longest finals match in Wimbledon history (two hours and 45 minutes).

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