Women Of The Month

WomanOf the Month 02-10: Rana Husseini

In May 1993 16-year old Kifaya of Jordon was raped by her older brother and became pregnant. To cover up the scandal her family forced her to abort the baby and marry a man 34 years older than she was. When Kifaya divorced the man six miserable months later, her family opted for a more permanent solution to the situation. They killed her.

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WomanOf the Month 01-10: Diana Joy

Diana Joy’s childhood is the stuff of your worst nightmares. From infancy she and her siblings were victim to every kind of abuse imaginable—and some that is unimaginable. Worse, the suffering came at the hands of those who should have loved and protected the children more than anyone in the world: their parents. When the horrors of Diana’s and her siblings’ lives finally became known to the world, the torture they suffered was publicized in the media in graphic detail. The story that the public largely does not know, however, is the awe-inspiring way that Diana faced down the demons of her past and put them to work for a greater good.

WomanOf the Month 12-09: Assistant Secretary Tammy Duckworth

American veterans are in good hands if Tammy Duckworth approaches the next few years of her life as vigorously as she has the last few. In April, Duckworth, 41, was sworn in as Assistant Secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs at the Department of Veterans Affairs. She had previously served as Director of Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs for two years during which time she initiated many cutting-edge programs for veterans. But perhaps more valuable to veterans is the remarkable example she sets as a soldier who has bounced back from devastating combat injuries to achieve professionally and personally, in a few short years, what most of us only dream of.

WomenOf the Month 11-09: Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASPs)

Over 60 years ago when the U.S. faced a severe shortage of combat pilots to serve in World War II, a group of incredible women stepped up to help. These “fly girls” flew light trainers, heavy four-engine bombers, transport aircraft and fighters – virtually every type of Air Force aircraft there was – on missions all around the United States to free up male pilots needed in the war overseas. They were the first women in history to fly American military aircraft and broke ground for female pilots who would later join the ranks of the U.S. Air Force. The Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASP) program was one of the best kept secrets of World War II. WASPs are still unknown to most Americans today, but this summer they gained some hard-earned recognition when President Barack Obama signed into a law a bill that awarded them the Congressional Gold Medal. In observance of Veterans Day this month, WomenOf.com honors Women Air Force Service Pilots as our November Women of the Month.

WomanOf The Month 10-09: Candy Coburn

After watching her grandmother battle breast cancer, singer-songwriter and entertainer Candy Coburn became passionate about contributing to the global fight against breast cancer. Inspired by her grandmother’s battle, Candy joined with three fellow female songwriters—Kaci Bolls, Candy Cameron, and Roxie Dean--to create “Pink Warrior” as a tribute to the courageous men and women who have been touched by the disease.

Womanof The Month 9-09: Marisa Thomas

From the Depths of Obesity to National Beauty Queen

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