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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.

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.

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Dr. Richard Bromfield, the author of How to Unspoil Your Child Fast, has offered Tiny Green Mom readers some tips on parenting that will help to bring order back into your home in no time!

Quick Tips for Unspoiling

By Dr. Richard Bromfield

1 Commit to unspoil. The surer your lead is, the quicker your children will follow. They will see through tepid and weak gestures to unspoil. Unspoiling can go quickly, but requires fortitude.

2 State your case clearly. Tell your children what you expect in no uncertain terms, and follow through. Speak in specifics, as teachers do in the classroom.

3 Create a bribe-free home. Bribes work in the moment, but parents (and children) pay a high price for bribery in the long run. You may have to pay for every ounce of cooperation in the future.

4 Avoid deal-making. Negotiations have their place, especially in the courtroom, care dealership, and so on. Show your child firsthand that not every aspect of life and its demands is a deal to be fought and wrangled till midnight.

5 Be the boss. I don’t mean a cruel, tyrannical marine boot camp officer kind of boss. I mean a boss who understands and is comfortable with the leadership and authoritative role of a parent. Because I say so would not be an especially good mantra for all of parenting and home life, but it sure has its place at times.

6 Buy less for the kids. Obvious, but as true as it can be difficult. For one week tally how much you spend on the children, including toys, books, school supplies, clothing, snacks, treats, sports equipment, entertainment, learning enrichment, music lessons, and so forth. You may be surprised at what your spreadsheet reveals.

7 Buy less for you too. Some parents roll their eyes at their children’s indulgence, even as they the parents spend much of their days buying, shopping, and lamenting that they do not have bigger homes, better cars, and such. Your children notice if you are forever browsing the Internet for things. Children adore their parents and look to them as their ultimate role models.

8 Reward effort not product. The self-esteem movement was a bust. Children do not gain self-confidence by shallow flattery and trophies for doing little. True competence comes through learning real skills and lessons that teach the child that he or she can handle things and life.

9 Invest time in your children. Seek experiences and activities that, rather than cost money, involve time: bike riding, hiking, gardening, building a birdhouse, helping do projects around the home or for others, and so forth. Maybe spend less time at the mall and more in the woods or at the park.

10 Take pride in the new you. Your children are obliged to protest and throw wrenches in your unspoiling efforts. But you know better than to surrender to their easy tears and earth-shaking tantrums. Your parenting will grow more as you wish it to be, and will give your children a different kind of gift that last a lifetime.

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As we head into the holiday weekend, Lissa Harnish Poirot has put together some timely tips for eating healthy while away from home without breaking the bank. A BIG thanks to Lissa for this informative article.

5 (Budget-Friendly) Ways for Families to Eat Healthy While Vacationing

1. Try to find hotels offering in-room mini-fridges so you can stock it with drinks and snacks (if they only offer a mini bar, ask the hotel to empty it before your arrival). Avoid purchasing snacks at the hotel (higher prices) but instead hit the local grocery store for fresh produce, bottled water, and healthy snacks that you’d normally purchase at home.

2. Look for hotels providing free breakfast buffets. I hate to look like that woman grabbing the extra food at the buffet, but I have no shame when I’m spending a bundle on a hotel and they offer a free buffet and the chance to grab some extra fruit to bring with us while we explore a city, visit a theme park, or even just to keep in our room for when we get hungry. I also grab extra apples from those hotels offering them at check in!

3. Splurge on a Club Level room, if available. I find the splurge for a Club Level room is worth it in the money I save on meals and snacks — the stay becomes nearly all-inclusive — but the choices are also more healthy. Club Levels provide breakfast buffets, snacks and drinks throughout the day, and heavy hors d’ouevres at lunch and dinner hours. During one recent Club Level stay, we were able to snack on hummus and fruit, and fill up on salads and finger sandwiches during meal times.

4. When traveling overseas where familiar foods may not be available, pack peanut butter and other favorites as a fail-safe standby. Again, visiting the local grocer can get you the tried-and-true healthy favorites that work at home, such as bread, sliced turkey, pretzels and fruit. Pack meals as if you’re packing for your child’s day at school. Try to order a couple of small items off the menu at the restaurants, however, to round out the meal, and to have your child try to embrace new foods.

5. Avoid “vacation” mentality. Too often we throw caution to the wind during vacation. We’re sleeping in, staying up later, off our daily schedules, and before we know it we’re ordering our weight in chicken fingers, chips and queso dip, and ice cream. Sure, it’s vacation, so splurge once in a while and have that double-decker ice cream cone after a day on the beach — just don’t do it every day. If you over-indulge at lunch, take it easy and order a healthier dinner. The kids will avoid the sugar high so many of us encounter on vacations, and you’ll avoid the extra pounds on the scale when you get home.


Lissa Harnish Poirot is an experienced editor, writer and family travel expert who loves to travel with her two kids in tow — making her the perfect choice for editor of Family Vacation Critic.

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Barbequing is one of America’s favorite pastimes, especially during Fourth of July weekend. However, it’s hard to believe that this enjoyable and easy meal option can cause food poisoning and even cancer! Dr. Martha Howard M.D. provides the following tips for staying safe during summer grilling:

Safety Hazards:

· An April 2006 presentation at the American Association for Cancer Research showed that when PhIP, a barbecue/char chemical, was added to rats’ food, they developed cancerous changes in their intestines, spleens and prostates within four weeks.

· HCAs, heterocyclic amines, are also produced when meat is charred. This compound can increase the risk of breast, stomach, colon, and prostate cancer.

· PAHs, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, are produced by smoking fat from chicken, fish or meat and can damage lung, liver, skin and kidney tissue.

Tips for Safe Barbequing:

Clean the grill: get rid of the old fats left over from previous meals.

Avoid petroleum starters for charcoal: If you use charcoal, use a wood starter and stack your charcoal up in a 2 pound metal can with the ends cut off. Lift off the can with tongs and spread out the coals when they are well started.

Proper timing: Avoid a time gap between opening the valve and starting the grill.

Wash your hands: Keep your hands clean and use separate plates and cutting boards for raw and cooked meats. Be sure to wash hands again before putting on long, heat-proof barbecue gloves.

Trim meat: Trim most of the fat from meat; less fat means fewer PAHs.

Use marinades: This protects the meat from charring. Put the marinade on, and refrigerate until use. Don’t let meat sit out.

Pre-cooking: Use pre-cooking prior to grilling, especially for items like raw brats. Avoid taking burgers, chicken or other meats directly from the freezer to the grill.

Cutting techniques: Cut meat and chicken into smaller pieces so they cook through.

Flipping: Turn down the fire, and turn your burgers, steaks, chops, or chicken often, so they cook through, and come out golden brown.

Meat thermometer: If you are cooking a thicker portion of meat or chicken, use a meat thermometer.

Chicken: 165 degrees

Hamburger: 160 degrees

Pork: 150 degrees

Hot dogs: 140 degrees

Steak: 145 degrees for medium rare and 160 degrees for medium.

Cleaning up: At the end of the barbecue, be sure to put out your charcoal completely, and if you are using propane, be sure the valve is turned off.


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