Make room for Isabella! This is one book that “Mom” couldn’t wait to get her hands on for her own future Nobel Peace Prize Winner (ahem… daughter!). In a world full of princesses, fairies and mermaids, Isabella makes way for scientists, doctors, and astronauts. Refreshlingly real, this new children’s book inspires and encourages young girls to dream BIG! Empower the little girls in your life by reading this wonderful, engaging story about Isabella and all of the women she admires and aspires to be like in her life. The book is filled with bold, colorful illustrations of Isabella as she assumes many different roles, which makes it fun to follow along as the story progresses. This is certain to be your own child’s favorite bedtime story in no time!

Jennifer Fosberry, a mother of three, was moved to create this story when she thought about the kind of women that she admired and the kind of women she thought her daughter could be. She included many personal heroes: Sally Ride, Annie Oakley, Rosa Parks, Marie Curie, Elizabeth Blackwell, and Mommy.

My Name Is Not Isabella (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky; ISBN: 978-1-4022-4395-0; Picture Book $16.99; September 2010).

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Do you ever just need a role model to inspire you as a woman to keep trying? Here is a list of 30 women who made a difference in a number of fields. Listed below, in alphabetical order, are artists, scientists, authors and singers of all races and nationalities, each one a woman who persevered no matter the odds against her.

30 Women Who Challenged the Status Quo

By Margo Smith

1. Jane Addams, created the first community kindergarten and was the compassionate founder of Hull House in Chicago, established in 1889 with her own inheritance.

2. Joan of Arc was a noteworthy woman. This is likely her most well known statement: “One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it. But to sacrifice what you are and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying.” Her incredible story began when she was elected at the youthful age of 17 to be a leader of the French army. She successfully led them to several important victories.

3. Lucille Ball a well known comedienne with a famous show. Her spoofs and comedic talent have delighted audiences for years.

4. Clara Barton served as a nurse during the Civil War and founded the American Red Cross in 1881.

5. Her Highness, Begum of Bhopal, was the only female to ever rule India. Her rule began in 1901.

6. Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman to receive a medical degree. She graduated from a Medical school in Geneva, N.Y. in 1849.

7. Anne Bradstreet, 1650: her poems published in Britain, so she became the first American authoress to be in print.

8. Carol Burnett. She hosted her own variety show in 1967, in an era of male show hosts. She is a talented and versatile comedian beloved by many for her humorous characters.

9. Willa Cather, chronicler of the pioneering experience. Her most famous works are O Pioneers!, published in 1913 and My Antonia, 1918.

10. Carrie Chapman Catt created and founded the League of Women Voters in 1920.

11. Madame Curie, a Polish scientist who made important discoveries about the uses of radium. Her research was instrumental in offering new treatment for diseases.

12. Amelia Earhart This female pilot is most famous because of her disappearance, but she had many firsts in her flying career. She was the first to complete a successful solo flight of 2,408 miles – from Honolulu to Oakland, California. Later she was the first person to do a non-stop solo flight from Mexico City to Newark. She was the first woman to fly alone across the Atlantic Ocean.

13. Mary Fields had many groundbreaking roles during her day. She was an African-American business woman, stagecoach driver and a pioneer as well.

14. Margot Fonteyn, a famous British ballerina, graduated in 1934, and her amazing talent won her the role of Giselle the very next year.

15. Indira Gandhi of India, she was the first female Prime Minister of India.

16. Zora Neale Hurston is the author of Their Eyes Were Watching God and other works. She was a member of the Harlem Group, a foundation of African American writers.

17. Harper Lee, Pulitzer Prize winner for her novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, her coming of age book about a young girl and her growing awareness of class and racial issues in the South.

18. Dolley Madison, First Lady, and wife of James Madison, the fourth United States President. She is known for making the White House a particularly welcoming place during her years there. She started the tradition of holding a weekly reception open to politicians, citizens and diplomats.

19. In 1985 Wilma Mankiller was declared to be the first woman chief in Oklahoma. She led her people – the Cherokee Nation.

20. Golda Meir, an Ambassador from Israel to the Soviet Union in 1948, she became Israel’s Foreign Minister in 1956 and in 1969, at the age of 71 she became the 3rd female Israeli Prime Minister.

21. Dr. Antonia Novello, the first female U.S. Surgeon General. She filled this role beginning in 1990.

22. Sandra Day O’Connor – nominated by President Regan in 1981to be the first woman justice on the Supreme Court. She filled this position from 1981 to 2005 when she retired.

23. Annie Oakley is a better shot than her husband, Frank Butler. She proved this in a marksmanship competition in 1875 before they were married.

24. Anne Parrish, from Philadelphia, set up the very first American charitable association specifically for women, called the House of Industry.

25. Sally Ride, aptly named because she was the first American woman to be go into space. Her venture into the great unknown was in 1983.

26. Annie Peck Smith climbs the Matterhorn in 1895 and places herself in history in doing so since she was the first woman to have achieved this goal.

27. Madge Syers entered the men’s figure skating championship in 1902. Six years later she became the first to be presented with the first Olympic gold medal for women.
28. Mother Teresa, a hard working and empathetic advocate of the poor and downtrodden, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.

29. Lady Margaret Thatcher was a tremendously influential political leader known for her forthrightness. In 1979 she was elected as the Prime Minister of the U.K.

30. Harriet Tubman was a woman born into slavery. She escaped in 1849 and during the 1850’s she returned to the South to help many other slaves escape via the Underground Railroad.

Hopefully you found some new heroes from this list of dedicated and resilient women. Do you have a famous female role model? Did you notice anyone who you think should be on the list? Limiting this catalog of accomplishments to only 30 means there are many more women worthy of inclusion. Leave a comment and let us know who you think should have made the list.

About the Author

Margo Smith earned her B.S. degree from BYU. She enjoys writing about a variety of subjects from gourmet recipes to online classes to ceramics. She draws from her own education, her years in college and an author’s perspective on life when compiling articles.

Extremely quick to assemble, this salad from registered dietician Cynthia Sass can be served alone as a lunch option or as a side dish to a larger meal.

Lima Bean and Tomato Pasta Salad

Ingredients

¼ cup whole wheat rotini

1 tsp extra virgin olive oil

2 tsp NutraVege

1 medium vine ripened tomato, diced

¼ Hass avocado, diced

½ cup cooked lima beans

2 Tbsp basil chopped in strips

Salt and pepper, to taste

Preparation

Bring about 2 cups of water in a boil. Add a pinch of salt. Add pasta, return to boil for about 3 minutes or until pasta is el dente. Remove from heat and drain (don’t rinse). Add 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil to prevent sticking. Place into a glass bowl and cool in refrigerator for about 30 minutes. Toss with NutraVege, fold in the remaining ingredients and refrigerate for about 1 hour before serving.

*Recipe courtesy of registered dietician and vegan Cynthia Sass. Image courtesy of NutraVege.*

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Craving something sweet? These Coconut Macadamia Energy “Truffles” from holistic nutrition coach Maya F. Bradstreet will give you a healthy burst of energy during the mid-afternoon slump. Rather than reaching for a cup of java or heading to the vending machine for a candy bar, pack some of these along for a quick pick-me-up!

COCONUT MACADAMIA ENERGY “TRUFFLES”

By Maya F. Bradstreet

2 cups raw macadamia nuts

1 cup dates

½ cup shredded coconut (unsweetened, unsulphured)

3 tbsp cocoa powder, optional

Agave nectar, optional

Preparation

Process all ingredients until they are sticky enough to form into balls. Add agave nectar if mixture is too dry, or you desire more sweetness. Roll into balls. Dust with cocoa powder or coconut if desired.

*Image and recipe courtesy of Maya F. Bradstreet. For more of her delightful recipes, visit www.arecipe4wellness.com. *

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Baby Steps to Fat Loss – Powerful Things You Can Do to Lose Fat Now, Without Changing Your Life

By Steve Faber

There’s no question about it, losing weight, or more specifically fat, can be hard work; possibly one of the most difficult things you’ll ever undertake. Sometimes, it feels like you’re at the bottom of a rocky peak, struggling to find a foothold on your first step to the top.

It’s not all doom and gloom however. There is hope. You can lose that fat you’ve been so desperately trying to shed for so long now. The key is, just like with so many other endeavors in life, is baby steps. You aren’t going to jump in and lose 20 lbs in a week.

Sure, they show the contestants on The Biggest Loser pulling off feats like that, but for most people, that just isn’t realistic, and in fact, may be downright unhealthy. For one thing, those Biggest Loser contestants have a personal trainer, perfectly engineered meals, medical observation, and the best fitness equipment available 24 hours a day. After all, the show is sponsored by 24 Hour Fitness. Suffice it to say, they have several advantages the average person just doesn’t enjoy. If you have a real job, a family, and other commitments, you’ll be happy to discover that there is another way to lose weight that does not include moving to a So Cal ranch for 3 months.

The fat loss results you’re looking for are slow and steady, and there are some great ways you can take baby steps to get there. You won’t have to make any major life changes, but you will have to make a commitment to achieving your goals, and persevere until you get there.

Fat loss is all about two things. Stop me if you’ve heard them before; fewer calories in and more calories out. It’s that simple. Although that may seem like saying “Getting to the moon is simple, just leave the earth and go there.” in reality it is nowhere near that difficult. Once again, baby steps.

You know that there are two ways you can attack the problem, take in fewer calories, and burn off more of them. As with many problems, the solution is much more effective if you attack it from both ends at the same time, so that’s just what you are going to do.

First of all, let’s look at burning a few more calories each day. The key here is to look for little ways in your daily life that can add up to the extra activity you need to make some of your extra fat melt away. Luckily, there are countless ways you can make that happen. Examine every facet of your daily routine, and you will come up with scores of ways that you can inject a bit of extra activity.

Every time you can take the stairs instead of the elevator, do it. Now I’m not talking about going up to your office on the 22nd floor 8 inches at a time, but starting smaller. For the first week, just go up to the 2nd floor using the stairs, then hop in the Otis for the rest of the trip. The 2nd week, catch the car on the third floor, and so on.

Maybe you can park on the far side of the lot and walk to the store, work, or school, instead of driving around for 10 minutes looking for a spot close to the door. The irony of doing this at the gym isn’t lost on me, as I used to find myself driving 3 times around the parking lot to save myself a 100 foot walk so I could go work out!

The point is that there are a multitude of ways that you can find to increase your daily activity level. Do this for a month or two, you’ll notice a difference on the scale, but only if you do not increase your caloric intake to compensate. None of that “Wow! That was sure a long stair climb. I’m famished. Better grab a bagel and cream cheese.” That would be counter productive, no?

Once you’ve done that successfully for a month or two, adding an actual workout would only speed things up and get you in even better shape. Once again, baby steps to fat loss are the recipe for success. For one thing, all too many people think that an hour long aerobics session is the best way to lose fat. Those are too long and boring for me. Fortunately, they are wrong, and there a more effective ways you can exercise to lose weight that take far less time.

Many studies have now demonstrated the effectiveness of high intensity resistance training as a tool for fat loss. Here is where it is important to differentiate between weight loss and fat loss. One of the reasons that high intensity resistance training is so effective is actually because it makes you gain weight. It doesn’t make you gain just any weight however, but lean muscle.

Do you know what the great thing about lean muscle is? No, not that it will make you look like Ahnold, pre-Governator days, but that the extra muscle you gain actually burns more calories every second of the day, even when you’re sleeping! That’s why resistance training is so very powerful. It builds lean muscle, so your fat loss extends beyond the calories you burn when you are actually exercising.

Guess what, it gets even better! Not only do you burn more calories from the added muscle mass you’re developing, but you burn more from the metabolic rate increase generated during the exercise session itself. In fact, several studies have shown that this post exercise increased calorie burning effect can last over 24 hours in many circumstances.

Do you have to grunt and groan under heavy iron for an hour? Heck no, you don’t, which is another reason I love weight workouts. If you do the proper exercises, a mere 20 minutes, 3 times a week will be more than sufficient to to really turbocharge your fat loss and fitness levels. Surely even the most dedicated career or family oriented individual can eke out an hour a week somewhere for something as important as their health (or that upcoming family reunion)?

What about the second component of effective weight loss, your diet? Well, the key is baby steps there too. There are many highly effective baby step diet strategies that can help you drop those unwanted fat pounds too. Stay tuned for my next post and I’ll reveal some of the best, and your fat will melt away even faster.

Steve Faber is a lifelong fitness and exercise enthusiast, who has battled back from a 50lb load of extra fat and lived to tell about it. He says if he can do it, you certainly can too! For more insider strategies, tips, and treats to help you fight your battle against fat, visit Steve’s blog at How to Lose Belly Fat.

*Photo by mistybliss.*

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Move over garbanzo beans! The black beans have added zest and zip to traditional hummus!

Black Bean Hummus

Ingredients

2 cups no-salt-added cooked black beans, drained and rinsed
2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
1/4 cup tahini
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 tablespoons water
2 teaspoons reduced-sodium tamari
1 teaspoon ume vinegar or 2 teaspoons lemon juice (or to taste)
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Preparation

Combine black beans, garlic, tahini, cumin, water, tamari and vinegar in a food processor. Pulse until smooth and all ingredients are combined. Transfer to a serving bowl, fold in cilantro and serve.

*Recipe and image courtesy of Whole Foods Market.*