Listen to the stories below to hear the voices and memories of women who have loved hard, worked hard, broken down barriers, and left long-lasting legacies for generations of women and girls to come.

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Lola’s Work

To Crescenciana Tan, family meant everything. Her grandson Kenneth reflected on all he learned from her work and love with his mother, Olivia Tan Ronquillo.


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“When she spoke, everybody just sort of came to a hush.”
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On the Basis of Sex

Sharron Cohen was represented by a young  Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the 1973 Supreme Court case Frontiero v. Richardson, which would become one of the first successful sex discrimination cases in U.S. history.


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"It changes the way that you carry yourself."
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“Strong Lines; Beautiful Lines”

Grete Bergman and Sarah Whalen-Lunn make their mark through Traditional Native Face Markings connecting them to their roots and reviving the lost tradition.


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"I had nightmares for years..."
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Cleaning Off the Crude

On March 24, 1989, the Exxon Valdez ran aground spilling over 11 million gallons of crude oil into Prince William Sound, devastating marine wildlife. Suzanne and LJ met when they volunteered at the Wildlife Rescue Center.


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“My earliest memory is when you came to the first-grade classroom to dissect cow hearts.”
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A Multigenerational Passion for Medicine

Jenna Lester comes from a long line of women who have dedicated their lives to medicine: her grandmother was one of the first African American women to become a nurse practitioner in New York.


The Icing on the Cake

Blanca Alvarez took a huge risk when she crossed the border from Mexico to the United States. She ended up inspiring her daughter to follow her dreams.


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"I applied to NASA four times."
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Turning to the Clouds

Wally Funk grew up wanting to fly, hoping to reach the ultimate destination: outer space. In 1961 she nearly got the chance.


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“She wasn’t like the mothers of my friends...she lived and breathed dancing.”
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My Mother the Performer

Dorlie Fong remembers her mother, Dorothy Toy, and the connection she made backstage with the star.


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“You see that spark that you put in this child?”
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For the Love of Books

Rich Jean wasn’t always sure how to keep his 3-year-old daughter, Abigail, busy and happy. Librarian Hasina Islam quickly changed that and Abigail’s love for books was born.


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“I felt kind of cheated out of the last part of my pregnancy.”
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“I Want This Not to Be Normal.”

Sabrina Beavers and Shantay Davies-Balch have spent their careers fighting for Black maternal and infant health. When  both women had their babies early, they found themselves at the center of that issue.


Love Lost, And Found

Sue McConnell and Kristyn Weed are best friends and Vietnam-era veterans. Although they didn’t serve in the war together, they share a story of courage — on and off the battlefield.


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“Because she was Asian, they wouldn’t accept her. Mom said she didn’t care; she enlisted anyway.”
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Remembering One Tough Veteran

Susan Ahn Cuddy was a loving mother, the first Asian American woman in the Navy, and the first woman gunnery officer teaching air combat tactics.


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“She had this determined nature– if something was right, hell or high water wasn't going to stop her from doing it.”
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A Pandemic Couldn’t Stop Her

Helen Merrill, age 91, prides herself on one simple fact: that in her lifetime, she’s never missed a single presidential election.


Alexis Martinez and Lesley Martinez Etherly

Growing up, Alexis Martinez knew that she had to hide from others that she is transgender. Forty years later, Alexis spoke with her daughter, Lesley, about growing up, parenthood, and now living as a woman.


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