Women of Strength & Inspiration

“Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Zora Neale Hurston is a classic novel that explores the journey of Janie Crawford, an African American woman in the early 20th century, as she searches for her identity and independence. This story has meant so much to me over the years. The way Janie pulled away from what was expected of her and lived her life the way that made her happy was truly inspiring. “Hidden Figures” by Margot Lee Shetterly provided a more in-depth look at the lives and significant contributions of the African American women mathematicians who worked at NASA during the Space Race. What these women accomplished, even while being unfairly treated by the establishment they were trying to help, was incredible.

Lastly, “Becoming” by Michelle Obama, the memoir of the former First Lady of the United States, provides insight into her life. Her story shows what faith, love, hard work, and values can lead you. I loved her story so much because, as a public figure, she had to present an image that may not have always been aligned with her true self. However, she endured years of harassment and was able to grow through the experience with a new understanding. I listened to the audio read by Michelle Obama, and it felt like a friend telling me a story; when it was over, I missed her. I cannot say enough about this book and how much I loved it. Please check it out if you want to feel empowered by the characteristics and strengths you already possess.

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Dr. Kimberly VanBuren

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