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  • Dr. Alana Saxe thought a career in dentistry was unattainable, but now teaches oral health to young students.
    Dr. Alana Saxe

    Dr. Alana Saxe thought a career in dentistry was unattainable, but now teaches oral health to young students.

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  • “There is no such thing as being a failure,” said Mariamo Mukoma, who immigrated to the US as a Somalian refugee at the age of 10.
    Mariamo Mukoma

    “There is no such thing as being a failure,” said Mariamo Mukoma, who immigrated to the US as a Somalian refugee at the age of 10.

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  • Sharon Gaines overcame her body insecurities through the sport of boxing and now works as a personal trainer.
    Sharon Gaines

    Sharon Gaines overcame her body insecurities through the sport of boxing and now works as a personal trainer.

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  • Tammy Townsend has cerebral palsy. She wasn’t expected to be born, but now she’s an advocate for students with cerebral palsy.
    Tammy Townsend

    Tammy Townsend has cerebral palsy. She wasn’t expected to be born, but now she’s an advocate for students with cerebral palsy.

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    Tina T

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    Clip (DJ Tina T. helps young musicians at her own Camp Spinoff, a summer camp for teens that inspires and teaches them how to DJ.)

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  • A former art history professor and NYC gallery owner, 68-year-old Bernice Steinbaum champions female and minority artists.
    Bernice Steinbaum

    A former art history professor and NYC gallery owner, 68-year-old Bernice Steinbaum champions female and minority artists.

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  • Corinna Moebius is a blogger who brings to live the vibrant culture of her own beloved neighborhood: Little Havana.
    Corinna Moebius

    Corinna Moebius is a blogger who brings to live the vibrant culture of her own beloved neighborhood: Little Havana.

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  • Daniell Washington was a marine science major whose love of the ocean and kids converged in a nonprofit and TV show.
    Daniell Washington

    Daniell Washington was a marine science major whose love of the ocean and kids converged in a nonprofit and TV show.

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  • Michelle Alban is a veteran, corporate VP, and mother with an equally demanding second career as a community volunteer.
    Michelle Alban

    Michelle Alban is a veteran, corporate VP, and mother with an equally demanding second career as a community volunteer.

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  • Nicole Portuondo is a fierce fisherwoman who ranked number one junior angler in the World Billfish Series.
    Nicole Portuondo

    Nicole Portuondo is a fierce fisherwoman who ranked number one junior angler in the World Billfish Series.

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  • Pastor Alice Piggee-Wallack has dedicated her life to helping the most destitute in her community.
    Alice Piggee-Wallack

    Pastor Alice Piggee-Wallack has dedicated her life to helping the most destitute in her community.

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  • At 14, Brionna Williams was suffering from health problems and chronic asthma. Today she is a highly recruited student athlete.
    Brionna Williams

    At 14, Brionna Williams was suffering from health problems and chronic asthma. Today she is a highly recruited student athlete.

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  • Elizabeth Suh Lane was a globe-traveling violinist, then turned to motherhood and musical entrepreneurship for inspiration.
    Elizabeth Suh Lane

    Elizabeth Suh Lane was a globe-traveling violinist, then turned to motherhood and musical entrepreneurship for inspiration.

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  • Monica Steiner is a wife and mother with stage-four metastatic breast cancer who is fighting to save the lives of others.
    Monica Steiner

    Monica Steiner is a wife and mother with stage-four metastatic breast cancer who is fighting to save the lives of others.

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  • Peregrine Honig was born into art and became the youngest living artist with work in the Whitney.
    Peregrine Honig

    Peregrine Honig was born into art and became the youngest living artist with work in the Whitney.

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  • This University of Texas Women's Track and Field Coach leads by example to mold young women into confident, fearless winners.
    Beverly Kearney

    This University of Texas Women's Track and Field Coach leads by example to mold young women into confident, fearless winners.

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  • Sonia Castellanos saw young Latinas in crisis. Her Con Mi MADRE organization has turned the dropout rate around.
    Sonia Castellanos

    Sonia Castellanos saw young Latinas in crisis. Her Con Mi MADRE organization has turned the dropout rate around.

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  • Farmers’ market director Suzanne Santos is reconnecting Austin to its local food systems, feeding people and community.
    Suzanne Santos

    Farmers’ market director Suzanne Santos is reconnecting Austin to its local food systems, feeding people and community.

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  • When she was 21, Taryn Davis’s husband was killed in combat. Her American Widow Project gives grieving spouses a voice.
    Taryn Davis

    When she was 21, Taryn Davis’s husband was killed in combat. Her American Widow Project gives grieving spouses a voice.

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  • Nessa Higgins and Andrea Day Boykin were moms of kindergartners who joined forces as allies in a sweet food truck startup.
    Nessa Higgins & Andrea Day Boykin

    Nessa Higgins and Andrea Day Boykin were moms of kindergartners who joined forces as allies in a sweet food truck startup.

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Women and Girls Lead Shorts

Women and Girls Lead Shorts profile American women from all walks of life who inspire us with stories of resilience, hope, and empowerment. This series, created for the web and TV, is a collaboration between husband-and-wife filmmakers Carl and Betsy Crum, the Independent Television Service (ITVS), and several local public television stations in the United States.

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Meet Dr. Alana Saxe: Dr. Alana Saxe grew up in California’s Central Valley and thought a career in dentistry was unattainable. But she took the leap, graduated at the top of her dental school, and now teaches oral health to young students.

Meet Mariamo Mukoma: “There is no such thing as being a failure,” said Mariamo Mukoma, who immigrated to the U.S. as a Somalian refugee at the age of 10. Now, she serves as a translator for her parents as they fill out paperwork, takes care of her siblings, works, and attends nursing school.

Meet Sharon Gaines: Sharon Gaines overcame her body insecurities through the adrenaline-pumping sport of boxing and now works as a personal trainer at the age of 39. “When you respect yourself, you warrant respect from other people,” she said.

Meet Tammy Townsend: Tammy Townsend has cerebral palsy. She wasn't expected to be born, but now she's an advocate for students with cerebral palsy and works as a receptionist at Summit Daycare Center. She lives with her partner, who also uses a wheelchair, and hopes to be able to marry him legally someday.

Meet Tina T.: DJ Tina T. slept on couches before she achieved her dream job in the “boys club” of DJing. Now, she helps young musicians at her own Camp Spinoff, the only sleep away summer camp for teens that inspires and teaches them how to DJ.


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Miami, FL

Meet Bernice Steinbaum: A former art history professor and NYC gallery owner, 68-year-old Bernice Steinbaum champions female and minority artists. Her groundbreaking Miami gallery closed July 2012.

Meet Corinna Moebius: A gringa by birth, Corinna Moebius has become an “honorary Cuban” in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood, where she shares the cultural wealth as a tour guide and blogger.

Meet Daniell Washington: Daniell Washington bucked female stereotypes by becoming a scientist and an entrepreneur, founding The Big Blue and You to teach children about marine conservation.

Meet Michelle Alban: Michelle Alban’s adventurous life has taken her from the U.S. Air Force in Saudi Arabia to Telemundo in Miami as the Vice President of Corporate Communications.

Meet Nicole Portuondo: Nicole Portuondo is a fierce fisherwoman. While helping the family business and attending high school, she was ranked number one junior angler in the World Billfish Series.


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Kansas City, MO

Meet Alice Piggee-Wallack: In a neighborhood in Kansas City where approximately 30% of the population lives below the poverty level, Pastor Alice Piggee-Wallack runs a non-profit organization to help homeless women and children have a place to stay during the day. It’s here where she has dedicated her life to helping the most destitute, addicted and hopeless people in her community.

Meet Brionna Williams: At 14, Brionna Williams was suffering from health problems and chronic asthma. Now a 17-year-old senior at Kansas City’s Central High School, Brionna has become healthier and has found success as a highly recruited student athlete.

Meet Elizabeth Suh Lane: Elizabeth Suh Lane was a globe-traveling violinist, then turned to motherhood and musical entrepreneurship for inspiration. She is the founder and artistic director of the Back Aria Soloists and teaches music in schools throughout Kansas City.

Meet Monica Steiner: Monica Steiner is a wife and mother with stage-four metastatic breast cancer. Along with her family, she is fighting to save the lives of others by raising money for research through their fundraiser called “Ironteam.”

Meet Peregrine Honig: Peregrine Honig is a successful artist and entrepreneur and an active member of the burgeoning arts community in Kansas City. She became the youngest living artist with work in the Whitney’s permanent collection.


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Austin, TX

Meet Beverly Kearney: With more national championships than any other African American college coach, University of Texas track coach Beverly Kearney is used to breaking barriers. After an accident left her paralyzed, she learned to walk again, empowering other women to live by her motto: “Failure has never been an option.”

Meet Sonia B. Castellanos: Sonia B. Castellanos is a real-life role model for young Latinas in central Texas. Just 1 percent of the Latinas in her community graduated high school when she started Con Mi MADRE. Last year, 97 percent of the program's seniors went on college.

Meet Suzanne Santos: As the farmers’ market director of the Sustainable Food Center, Suzanne Santos knows that change can be made and felt on a local level. Suzanne connects farmers with families, champions female market managers, and promotes local food systems, empowering her community and herself.

Meet Taryn Davis: At 21, Taryn Davis became a military widow when her husband was killed by a roadside bomb. Feeling lost and alone, she began the American Widow Project to connect with other widows, offering her own perspective on grief: “I can do anything … I have no fear anymore.”

Meet Nessa Higgins and Andrea Day Boykin: After their children attended the same kindergarten class, Nessa Higgins and Andrea Day Boykin became business partners, buying a 1966 Avion trailer out of which they sell their Flip Happy Crepes. They’ve appeared on Throwdown! with Bobby Flay, demonstrating to their young daughters the power of doing what you love.


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