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Struggle = Thankful + Strong

We are days away from the end of March – Women’s History Month – and it has been a glorious month of celebrating women. I am the mother of two girls – two future women. There is a long line of incredible women who came before me. I have been mentored by a community of…
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Do Your Thing

March is all about recognizing incredible women. It’s National Women’s History Month, so we celebrate their innovation, their imagination, their advances in science, their accomplishments in technology, and their triumphs in engineering and mathematics. (This year’s theme for Women’s History Month is Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.)…
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The Time is Still Now

I have the glorious fortune to be able to spend much of my time in the company of incredibly smart and incredibly passionate individuals who absolutely make me appear to be a much better person that I probably am. I know enough to recognize this and embrace it. During the past several weeks, I’ve been…
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40 And Beautiful

2012 is the year that I am almost 40. Age really isn’t a big thing for me; the women in my family go on for more decades than most (meet my grandma). But it’s always good to know the company you’re keeping so I put the power of Google to work and searched for celebrities…
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Keeping Vigil at the Bedside of Freedom Remarks from the 2012 Domestic Violence Awareness Month Vigil

Good evening. My name is Ifeoma Aduba, and I have the best job in the world. Technically, at the moment, I have two jobs at A Woman’s Place – Director of Public Advocacy and Interim Executive Director – and I love them both. I have the two best jobs in the world. I have the…
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How Many Malalas?

The question is posed by Alayna Ahmad in her recent Huffington Post blog, Malala Yousafzai’s Attempted Assassination: The War Against Intellectual Freedom. How many Malalas will it take? The 14-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl and activist was shot last week. She stood up to the Taliban. She stood up for girl’s education. She stood up… and was…
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Maya Angelou – Inspired Creativity

This beautiful picture of Maya Angelou popped up in my Facebook feed on Monday. It was the end of a longish day. It was the end of my first day as Interim Executive Director at A Woman’s Place (AWP). Naturally, I was reflecting on the day, looking for deep meaning in all that had occurred……
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A Desperate Plea for Creativity

I tried to help a woman find safety. In fact, a team of staff tried to help a woman in need today. She was attempting to escape an abusive partner in a powerful position and was struggling to figure out how to safely escape the city without being spotted by the several friends and colleagues…
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Claiming the Courage to Lead

Every morning, I take some quiet time. I spend time in meditation, in prayer, and reading. It is about focusing my mind and centering me to make each day my best. Filling myself so I have something to give. The other morning, I came across this quote: Freedom and fulfillment come the moment we stop…
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Courageous Aging

Meet Louisa Whitten. Sister, mother, mother-in-law, cousin, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend. Louisa Whitten is my grandma… and on July 5 we celebrated her 100th birthday. Yesterday (August 22) was National Senior Citizen’s Day – a day to recognize and appreciate the value and contribution of elderly people. My grandma…. Graduated from her small high…
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