Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

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Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is a children’s book packed with 100 bedtime stories about the life of 100 extraordinary women from the past and the present, illustrated by 60 female artists from all over the world. Written by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo.

inspiHER Spotlight ~ ‘Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls’  $35

 

HERstory from the authors: Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo

This picture was taken in Milan, at the end of 2011. In those days, we were packing our belongings to fly to California and try to build a company. Elena had been working as a journalist and Francesca as a stage director and playwright. Working late nights and weekends, we had just built the first iPad magazine for children in the world, Timbuktu Magazine.Elena_Favilli_and_Francesca_Cavallo

Timbuktu Magazine won lots of awards and was featured in so many amazing publications!

Fast forward to 2016, we have 12 mobile apps in the Apple App Store, we published 6 paper books in English, French and Italian and we built a toolkit that allows underserved communities to design and build playable spaces in collaboration with the NFL, Kaboom, Zynga.org and the YMCA.

Because we are girls. Our entrepreneurial journey made us understand how important it is for girls to grow up surrounded by female role models. It helps them to be more confident and set bigger goals. We realized that 95% of the books and TV shows we grew up with, lacked girls in prominent positions. We did some research and discovered that this didn’t change much over the past 20 years, so we decided to do something about it.

But, by any means, read these stories to your sons! It is crucial that they learn to identify and empathize also with female heroes! The stories in the book are a great source of inspiration for anyone, male or female, child or adult.

To find out more about this inspiHER business visit https://www.rebelgirls.co

Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo ~ You INSPIRE Us!

Eileen Chen, inspiHER founder ~ “I wish I had this book when I young. It’s a great gift for your daughter, granddaughter, niece, cousin, or friend. Remember, it’s never too late to be a Rebel Girl. I ordered one for myself, as a reminder!”

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

Sword & Plough

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Sword & Plough recycles thousands of pounds of military surplus that would otherwise be thrown away. S&P combines these durable materials with other military grade fabrics and incorporate them into fashionable designs. They work with U.S. manufacturers that are owned or partially staffed by veterans, and donate 10% of their profits to veteran initiatives, thereby amplifying a core aspect of their mission. S&P embodies a revolution in made in the USA sustainable and social impact fashion.

inspiHER Spotlight Product ~ Signature Blue Tote  $229

The Sword & Plough Tote is designed for your everyday use from work to the weekend. It is constructed from durable nylon and cotton canvas material. Carry this durable bag on your shoulder with confidence in its non-slip leather straps and strong base. Base Dimensions (Height x Width x Length) listed in inches, not including the straps is 15 x 5 x 17. Strap drop length is 13″ and the weight is 2lbs 9oz.

All products are Made in America with a portion of each bag constructed from military surplus material. There is a chance that material color may vary slightly from bag to bag. That is the beauty of upcycled military surplus. Be confident that your bag will look similar to those shown in the above picture, but be aware that slight color variations are what make our bags so beautiful and one-of-a-kind.

About the inspiHER founders of Sword & Plough:

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Founders Emily and Betsy Núñez grew up in a military family at West Point. At Airborne School, Emily heard about many challenges that veterans face and as the only ROTC cadet at Middlebury College, she became keenly aware of the civil-military divide that exists in the U.S. She was also conscious of the incredible amount of military surplus gear that goes to waste. Emily was inspired to create positive change, and she and her sister Betsy saw bags (accessories used by almost every person in their day-to-day life) as a tool to implement that change.

Social Impact: Sword & Plough is a socially conscious brand that works with American manufacturers who employ veterans. The company recycles military surplus, incorporates that fabric into stylish bag designs and donates 10% of profits back to veteran organizations.

To find out more about this inspiHER business visit Sword & Plough.

Emily and Betsy Núñez ~ You INSPIRE Us!

inspiHER note: The Núñez sisters were recently featured in a Holiday Inn commercial story focused on their business and how Holiday Inn supports the needs of traveling entrepreneurs. Watch their inspiring story https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGbLAC5LXyU Go Holiday Inn!

Sword & Plough ~ Emily and Betsy Núñez, sisters and founders

Rosalyn “Ros” Gold-Onwude, Basketball Analyst

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Rosalyn “Ros” Gold-Onwude, Basketball Analyst

Turning her passion into a career, Rosalyn Gold-Onwude has stepped foot where few women of color have gone before. From Ros’ athletic career to her professional one, she has a history of many firsts. She is the first athlete from her high school to play Division I basketball, at Stanford University no less, where she became the all-time leader in steals and assists and Ros Gold-Onwude You INSPIRE Us! The second all-time leading scorer, she was named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year as a senior, and was later inducted into the GCHSAA Hall of Fame, another first for an athlete from her high school. She has set a precedent as a basketball analyst who brings expert critiques and interviews as well as effortless style and confidence to her reports for ESPN, Pac-12 Network, the WNBA and most famously in the Bay Area, the Golden State Warriors on CSN and the San Francisco 49ers.

A few inspiring words from Ros “As a woman of color in sports broadcasting, I want to do good work and have a positive, visible influence […] I hope other young women will look at what I’m doing and realize they too could have a career in sports media if they desire.”

Rosalyn “Ros” Gold-Onwude ~ You Inspire Us. 

Ros ~ A few fun facts: 

  1. Ros won two state titles playing at Archbishop Molloy High School located in Briarwood, NY.
  2. She was the starting point guard for Stanford’s 2005-2006 team.
  3. She graduated from Stanford University with a BA in communications and a master’s degree in sociology.
  4. She briefly worked for Tesla Motors after college.
  5. In 2011, she was invited to play for the Nigerian national team to qualify for the 2012 Olympics.

For more information check out: Ros on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rosgo21/  Ros on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ROSGO21

Rosalyn “Ros” Gold-Onwude, Basketball Analyst

Cheli Chappell, the Founder of Mothers and Daughters United, Inc.

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Cheli Chappell, the founder of Mothers and Daughters United, Inc., has been helping mothers and daughters connect in the Dayton, OH area since 2009. The motto of the organization is “Strengthening relationships through Unity, Laughter, & Love.”

The Mothers and Daughters United mission is to promote the general welfare of mothers and daughters through the provision of educational services, health & nutritional services, parenting skills, leadership development skills, and relationship building skills that will strengthen the bond between mothers, daughters, & sons. They have designed programs to build a strong foundation of mutual affection and intimacy between mothers and her children.

Founder & President:

Mrs. Chappell is a native Californian and United States Air Force Veteran. She is a wife and mother of two sons and a daughter. Mrs. Chappell is the Founder and President of Mothers and Daughters United, Inc. a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that supports, encourages, and focuses on strengthening the bond between mothers & her children. In Aug 2009, she began hosting an annual Mothers and Daughters Luncheon with her daughter and many of her friends with daughters. It was during this time, that she realized the importance of their gathering and after several years of hosting the luncheon, in January 2012 she created the organization Mothers and Daughters United, Inc. The organization promotes the general welfare of women & children in education, health, parenting, leadership, and relationship building. Mrs. Chappell volunteers as a Natural Helper (Mentor) for Reclaiming Futures, an initiative that offers a new approach to helping teenagers caught in the cycle of drugs, alcohol, and crime. Mrs. Chappell serves on the Advisory Board and Mentoring Committee for the organization, Women Leadership Collaborative of Greater Dayton. She coached her daughter’s basketball team and they won the 2016 HHYBA Championship for Girls 6-8 years old. She’s a motivational speaker and speaks to issues concerning women and girls.

Great Women INSPIRE learned about Cheli when we received the following note from her sister, Jachlin Williams.

My sister, Cheli Chappell is a great woman I know. Approximately five years ago, she created a non-profit organization, Mothers and Daughters United Inc. In 2007, my niece, Desiree was born, but in the same year, my oldest and only daughter, Janae’ passed away. She was my biggest support in my time of grief. Cheli wanted to spend quality time with my niece, so she invited mothers with daughters for yearly luncheons. Each year, the luncheon grew and was a success. My sister paid out of pocket for these luncheons. The luncheons were free.We collected funds or donations for our local domestic violence homeless shelters. I’m also a domestic violence survivor, so I was really impressed with her mission. My sister’s organization provides support and different resources for our community. She is going to school full-time, raising a family and sacrificing so much to give to her community. Each year, Mothers and Daughters United Inc has a Women of Honor luncheon for Active-Duty and Veteran women for their commitment and honor to our country. Cheli and I served in the U.S. Air Force. I love, respect and admire her. I want her to know how much she gives from her heart and it’s appreciated. Thank you for the opportunity to share her story.

Mothers and Daughters United, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. To learn more visit https://www.mothersanddaughtersunitedinc.org/

Cheli Chappell and Jachlin Williams ~ You INSPIRE Us. 

 

Cheli Chappell, Founder of Mothers and Daughters United, Inc.

Emily and Betsy Núñez, sisters and founders of Sword & Plough

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Sword & Plough recycles thousands of pounds of military surplus that would otherwise be thrown away. S&P combines these durable materials with other military grade fabrics and incorporate them into fashionable designs. They work with U.S. manufacturers that are owned or partially staffed by veterans, and donate 10% of their profits to veteran initiatives, thereby amplifying a core aspect of their mission. S&P embodies a revolution in made in USA sustainable and social impact fashion.

Founders Emily and Betsy Núñez grew up in a military family at West Point. At Airborne School, Emily heard about many challenges that veterans face and as the only ROTC cadet at Middlebury College, she became keenly aware of the civil-military divide that exists in the U.S. She was also conscious of the incredible amount of military surplus gear that goes to waste. Emily was inspired to create positive change, and she and her sister Betsy saw bags (accessories used by almost every person in their day-to-day life) as a tool to implement that change.

Visit Sword & Plough to find out more about their products.

Emily and Betsy Núñez ~ You INSPIRE Us!

Great Women INSPIRE note: The Núñez sisters were recently featured in a Holiday Inn commercial story focused on their business and how Holiday Inn supports the needs of travelling entrepreneurs. Watch their inspiring story https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGbLAC5LXyU Go Holiday Inn!

Emily and Betsy Núñez, sisters and founders of Sword & Plough

We Will Rise: Michelle Obama’s Mission to Educate Girls Around the World

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We Will Rise: Michelle Obama’s Mission to Educate Girls Around the World

Remembering 9/11. Major Heather “Lucky” Penney ~ You INSPIRE Us!

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F-16 Combat Pilot, Major Heather “Lucky” Penney, shares her lesser known story from 9/11. This inspiring story was written by the Washington Post and first published on Sept. 8, 2011. Today, on the 15th anniversary of 9/11/2001, we thank all responders who helped. This story serves as a reminder of the many individual stories of bravery and love of the USA that shined bright on 9/11. It is also a day for thoughtful reflection as we honor and remember the 3,000 beautiful lives lost on that day. They are always in our hearts.

Remembering 9/11. Major Heather “Lucky” Penney ~ You INSPIRE Us!

Y Combinator Introduces “Ask a Female Engineer”

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Y Combinator adds an interesting new idea to their blog, the macro. ~ “We’ve recruited a group of female engineers to try an experiment with us called “Ask A Female Engineer.”

Note: Y Combinator is a legendary Silicon Valley start-up accelerator. Y Combinator lives by a 4-word inspiring motto, “Make Something People Want”. 

At Great Women INSPIRE, here are a few items we like about this idea:

  • First, we love experiments
  • Increases the opportunity for insightful conversations with and about women-in-tech
  • Interesting questions and frank answers
  • Varied opinions and experiences
  • Anonymous identities for all participants to foster an honest sharing of ideas
  • Supports growing STEM careers for women
  • Request for participation and feedback (Consider this post as our “participation & feedback”.)

Great Women INSPIRE is asking women engineers from around the USA to consider being a part of this Y Combinator idea experiment. From the Y Combinator post: If you have questions you’d like to anonymously ask, or if you’re a female software developer who would like to participate, please email ask@ycombinator.com.

At Great Women INSPIRE, one of our goals is to see more women in STEM jobs. This Y Combinator idea helps current women engineers as well as young women considering STEM career opportunities.

A suggestion from GWI ~ YC should reach out to universities doing an exceptional job with women-in-tech. One example: See our post about Harvey Mudd College next to this post on our website.

Here’s the Y Combinator blog post: http://themacro.com/articles/2016/09/introducing-ask-a-female-engineer/

Our Summation to Y Combinator ~ More Please!

Cheers,

Eileen Chen, Great Women INSPIRE Founder

Y Combinator Introduces “Ask a Female Engineer”

Harvey Mudd College Has More Women than Men in Computer Science

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Harvey Mudd College improves the number of women in computer science.

Great article from Quartz on how a few basic changes improved the number of women in computer science. Now, Harvey Mudd has more women than men in computer science.

The school’s efforts are being recognized and modeled by colleges and universities around the USA.  From the article ~ “Mudd’s success with women has gotten attention from other colleges and universities, and in 2014, Klawe and Mudd helped launch the BRAID (Building, Recruiting, and Inclusion for Diversity) Initiative to promote women and minorities in computer science at other institutions.” 

Thanks, Harvey Mudd College ~ You INSPIRE Us. Keep promoting women in STEM at the college and beyond!

Photo credit: Harvey Mudd’s President Maria Klawe (Harvey Mudd College)

Harvey Mudd College Has More Women than Men in Computer Science

50 Great Women from Around the USA. Share a Story about a Great Women from Your State.

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Add to our Flower Map…Great Women INSPIRE wants to know…Who inspires you?
At Great Women INSPIRE, our goal over the next six months is to showcase a great woman from each state in the USA. Help us highlight great women from your state. Visit GreatWomenINSPIRE.com and share a story or provide contact information about a great woman making a difference in her community and beyond. We want all who visit our website to see a dynamic world filled with possibilities. Together, we can INSPIRE the world.

First Great Women INSPIRE honorees (Over the next six months, we will update the map. Next update will be October 31, 2016.)

  • CA ~ Lynne Friedmann ~  Science Journalist, Educator
  • NJ ~ Carli Lloyd ~ Soccer Legend, Two-time Olympic gold medalist, FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion 2015
  • FL ~ Lorraine Dutkowsky ~ Business Woman, and Philanthropist
  • CO ~ Emily and Betsy Núñez, sisters and founders of Sword & Plough
  • RI ~ Frances Booth ~ LICSW, founder of Mind Body Matters, is a social worker, trainer, consultant, speaker, therapist.
  • CT ~ Jahana Hayes ~ National Teacher of the Year 2016. A history teacher at John F. Kennedy High School in Waterbury, CT.
  • District of Columbia ~ Allyson Kapin ~ Founder of Women Who Tech

Visit GreatWomenINSPIRE.com/who-inspires-you/ and submit a story about a Great Woman or suggest someone we should highlight.

Great Women INSPIRE ~ Be Them, Know Them, and Raise Them.

Side Note: Great Women INSPIRE is located in Burlingame, CA in the San Francisco Bay Area. Given our Silicon Valley location, during our  first month, we showcased ten Great Women from CA. However, with our goal to highlight great women from around the USA and are asking for your help. Tell us about a great woman from your state. Let’s honor women from every state. Thank you. 

50 Great Women INSPIRE from Around the USA. Share a Story about a Great Women from Your State.

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