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By Richard Feloni (Senior Reporter, Strategy) In 2006, Indra Nooyi became PepsiCo’s first female CEO, as well as its first CEO not born in the US. At a “Women in Leadership Panel” at 92Y in New York on Tuesday, Nooyi said she’s always pushed back against adversity and her confidence is built upon an unusual daily habit her mother made her and her older sister, Chandrika, practice when they were just 8 to 11 years old. Nooyi grew up in the socially conservative city of Madras (now Chennai), India. Her mother adhered to some traditional beliefs — she stressed the importance of seeking a good husband…

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By Rachel Moss (Lifestyle Writer at HuffPost UK I was in school and had barely hit puberty the first time I was sexually assaulted. A bunch of older lads were sitting underneath the stairwell, trying to see girls’ underwear as they walked up in their skirts. Encouraged by his mates, one of the boys approached me from behind and put his hand up my kilt. My instinct was to shove him backwards and mutter “fuck off” in my squeaky, 13-year-old voice, which the group found hilarious. And sadly, rather than feeling proud of myself for making a stand, I felt…

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https://youtu.be/-zGtZ3K0vgA African Child   I am an African child Born with a skin the colour of chocolate Bright, brilliant and articulate Strong and bold; I’m gifted Talented enough to be the best I am an African child Often the target of pity My future is not confined to charity Give me the gift of a lifetime; Give me a dream, a door of opportunity; I will thrive I am an African child Do not hide my fault show me my wrong I am like any other; Teach me to dream And I will become I am an African child  I am…

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Agnes Mulewa Ng’ang’a looks like she has just stepped out of a glam magazine. She has the poise of a model and a radiant smile that lights up her face. This 23-year-old is quickly becoming one of Kenya’s rising entrepreneurs. She is the chief executive officer of International Brand Solutions (IBS). The firm worth over Sh6 million, is a fast growing research marketing company that is involved in rebranding to easily meet the market demand and the right audience. Born and brought up in Kawangware slums, Ng’ang’a probably had no clue what her life would turn out to be. However,…

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By Mohammed Issa “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”~ Eleanor Roosevelt Last week, I awoke with a strange feeling. My heart was skipping beats. My stomach churned. I didn’t want to leave the comfort of my bed. I finally forced myself out of bed and moved to the quiet area where I meditate. I felt…

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“And we have a right to have our stories told.” By Lilly Workneh Janelle Monae is having a banner year and she’s making sure to pay tribute to the black women who have inspired her to get to where she is now. Monae, who starred in two blockbuster films “Moonlight” and “Hidden Figures,” was honored with the Breakthrough award at Essence’s tenth annual Black Women in Hollywood event on Feb. 22nd. The event, which aired on OWN on March 5, recognized Monae as a trailblazer for her remarkable success in the entertainment industry. Monae, in turn, made sure to uplift and…

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By Danielle Kwateng-Clark Ten years ago Robin Roberts was diagnosed with breast cancer. Having been in broadcast for over twenty years prior, she was familiar with the intensity of being a black woman in a white male-dominated field, but fighting cancer was a whole different ballgame. In her new five-part web series with WebMD titled Advanced Breast Cancer: Courage, Comfort and Care with Robin Roberts, the breast cancer survivor intends to shed light on the importance of early detection, support and treatment options for those diagnosed. “We completed several series for WebMD on a variety of health subjects but this series represented a chance…

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In this Aug. 3, 2017, image provided by the U.S. Army, West Point Cadet Simone Askew poses for a photo. Askew is making history as the first black woman to lead the Long Grey Line at the U.S. Military Academy. She will be responsible for the overall performance of the roughly 4,400 cadets at West Point. (Austin Lachance/U.S. Army via AP) Simone Askew marched into history Monday as the first black woman to lead the Long Gray Line at the U.S. Military Academy. After an early-morning 12-mile march back to the gray stone academic complex with 1,200 new cadets she…

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I thought motherhood would make me weak and passive but it has filled me with fury and passion instead Annie Ridout: ‘To another freelancing woman thinking about having a baby, I’d say: do it. Whatever happens, if you want to return to work you’ll find a way.’ I’d been working as a copywriter for a year before I fell pregnant. I loved getting the tube into London’s Farringdon each morning, taking part in creative meetings and conjuring puns all day – but I also felt ready to have a baby. So when, at 40 weeks pregnant, my contract automatically terminated…

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By Rachel Hosie @rachel_hosie In Saudi Arabia, women are forbidden to drive – it damages our ovaries, apparently. But one woman is fighting to change that, and that woman is 38-year-old Manal al-Sharif. One evening six years ago, al-Sharif was on her way home from a doctor’s appointment and was struggling to find a taxi. Men in cars kept driving past, jeering at, harassing and following her – she was terrified. espite having a driving licence and owning a car, she wasn’t allowed to drive due to Saudi law (she’d bought the car when she was married and could afford a driver). “Why…

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