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Profiles of Influential Women

These women number among the most powerful individuals of our times, and run the gamut from entertainment to politics.
  1. Michelle Obama (12)

Biography / Profile of Marissa Mayer - Bio of Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer
A biography of Yahoo CEO and former Google VP Marissa Mayer including details about her family, childhood and early influence, high school and college years, personal life, and her achievements and successes during her 13 years at Google.

Elena Kagan's Rise to Supreme Court Justice
Those who knew her growing up said Elena Kagan always wanted to be a Supreme Court Justice. But no one could have predicted that her nomination would put her in a groundbreaking position as the Court's third female Justice, making the nation's highest court one-third female.

Profile of Maria Pinto - Biography of Maria Pinto
Profile of Maria Pinto, a favorite designer of Michelle Obama during her husband's 2008 presidential campaign.

Susan Rice Profile - Biography of Susan Rice
A profile of Susan Rice, nominated by Barack Obama as the US Ambassador to the United Nations.

A short biography / profile of Ann Lois Davies Romney, former First Lady of...
A short biography / profile of Ann Lois Davies Romney, former First Lady of Massachusetts and wife of presidential candidate Mitt Romney, including her birth date, childhood and family background, schools/colleges she attended, and her acomplishments as a wife and mother.

Profile of Madelyn Payne Dunham, Barack Obama's Grandmother
Profile of Madelyn Payne Dunham, Barack Obama's grandmother

Profile of Elena Kagan - Elena Kagan Biography
Biography and profile of Elena Kagan, U.S. Supreme Court Justice and former U.S. Solicitor General

Michelle Obama and the 2008 Presidential Race
She's been called "an angry black woman" and been compared to Jackie Kennedy. Who is Michelle Obama, the self-professed 'working class girl' who has a very good shot to break ground as the nation's first black First Lady?

Profile of Cindy McCain, Wife of Presidential Candidate John McCain
Profile of Cindy McCain - Cindy McCain bio.

Condoleezza Rice
Perhaps the most powerful woman in the Bush Administration, Condoleezza Rice has never forgotten the lessons of her upbringing. A profile of this influential Presidential advisor and Bush Cabinet member.

Michele Bachmann's Childhood - Her Early Years in Waterloo, Iowa
When Michele Bachmann officially launched her 2012 presidential campaign, she did so from the town she was born in -- Waterloo, Iowa -- where she was known as Michele Marie Amble. What was Michele Bachmann's childhood like growing up in Waterloo and Cedar Falls? What were the most significant events of her early years, and how did they shape her...

Michelle Bachmann's Teenage Years at Anoka High School
Michele Bachmann's happy childhood in Waterloo, Iowa was shattered when the Amble family moved to Minnesota and her parents subsequently separated. By focusing on her education and getting involved in activities at Anoka High School, she was able to overcome the hardships brought about by her parents' divorce. A look at Michele Amble's high...

Woman on the Rise: Janet Yellen
Janet Yellen is the first woman to chair the Federal Reserve, but what is her connection to women's issues?

Sylvia Mathews Burwell to Replace Kathleen Sebelius
Sylvia Mathews Burwell is set to replace outgoing Director of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius. What does Burwell's new role mean for women and the ACA?

Women Writing/Writing Women
Women have been winning Pulitzer Prizes since the prize’s inception almost one hundred years ago. Here are just a few.

Time’s Most Influential Women 2014
41 Women top the annual list of the most influential leaders.

Monica Lewinsky Seeks to Set the Record Straight
Monica Lewinsky, the former White House intern notorious for her affair with President Bill Clinton, is attempting to reinvent herself again.

Barbara Walters Retires
Barbara Walters retires after more than 50 years as a pioneering and prominent television anchor and interviewer.

Jill Abramson Fired Because of Sexism?
Jill Abramson, the first woman to be executive editor of The New York Times, has been abruptly fired, promptly many to speculate that sexism played a part in the end of her career at the Times.

Maya Angelou: A Phenomenal Woman
Pioneering poet, artist, and activist Dr. Maya Angelou has passed away at age 86.

Woman on the Rise: Malala Yousafzai
Malala Yousafzai is a young Pakistani woman who was shot because she defied the Taliban. Her words and work stand as a testament to her resiliency and fierce determination to women’s rights and education.

Michelle Rhee: Controversial Reform Leader
Michelle Rhee is an educator who gained the national spotlight during her time as chancellor of the DC school system. Her rise, fall, and seeming redemption reveals an interesting arc in the discussions around our current K-12 educational system

Karen Lewis: The Chicago Teacher’s Union Outspoken & Provocative Leader
Karen Lewis burst on to the national scene during the 2012 Chicago teacher’s strike. What does the no nonsense veteran teacher and activist have in store next?

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