Posts tagged "kickass woman of the day"

Kickass Woman Of The Day: Rebecca Zamolo Trains For A Half-Marathon After Losing Her Colon

When Rebecca Zamolo, a vibrant actress, YouTube star and athlete, began experiencing stomach pain after eating along with other unusual symptoms, she knew something wasn't quite right. She got the shock of her life when she was diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease -- in particular, ulcerative colitis, which inflames the large intestine. Her colon was pre-cancerous, so she had it…

By: Claire Hannum / March 24, 2015

Kickass Woman Of The Day: 90-Year-Old Priscilla Sitienei Proves It’s Never Too Late To Get An Education

At 90-years-old, Priscilla Sitienei attends elementary school alongside six of her great-great-grandchildren and often scores better than them in class. Sitienei, who lives in Kenya and is lovingly known by her classmates as Gogo ("grandmother" in her local language of Kalenjin), is believed to be the oldest primary school student in the world. She lives in the village…

By: Claire Hannum / March 3, 2015

Kickass Woman Of The Day: Adele Barber Bit Off Part Of A Sexual Attacker’s Tongue For DNA Evidence

When Adele Barber was sexually assaulted on her way home from the doctor's office one evening, she, despite her understandable terror, thought fast. In an interview with ITV, Barber, of Dunstable, England, said, “As soon as he pushed me up against the fence he tried to kiss me and forced his tongue into my mouth.

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / February 3, 2015

Kickass Woman Of The Day: Doris Baker Is One Of The World’s Only Honorary Green Berets

Doris Baker, a 97-year-old Virginia Beach woman, spent decades teaching the children of US Special Forces soldiers at their base in Bad Toelz, Germany after World War II. On Wednesday, she became an honorary Green Beret for her hard work, which is a title only 10 people hold. A ceremony with full military honors wa…

By: Claire Hannum / November 8, 2014

Kickass Woman Of The Day: 100-Year-Old Gladys Misiewicz Is Training For Her First 5K

Gladys Misiewicz of Grand Rapids, Michigan almost never goes a day without exercise. She and 16 other residents of Villa Maria Retirement Community, where she lives, are training for a 5K -- her very first! At age 100, she credits her long life with years of focus on activity and nutrition, and growing up without…

By: Claire Hannum / September 21, 2014

Kickass Woman Of The Day: Krystal Cantu Rocks At CrossFit Even After Losing Her Arm

Krystal Cantu, a 25-year-old Texan and member of Ballistic CrossFit, was just a few days away from participating in a competition last summer when she and her boyfriend got into a car accident that forced her to amputate her right arm. Up until that day, CrossFit had been Krystal's outlet for de-stressing and building confidence, and…

By: Claire Hannum / September 11, 2014

Meet Sideshow Performer (And Sword Swallower!) The Lady Aye

By day, she is Elise S. Carter. Onstage, she is The Lady Aye, a professional sideshow performer. She can eat and breath fire, lay on a bed of nails, escape from a straightjacket, and is one of the few female sword swallowers in the world (and the only Jewish female sword swallower in America). I…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 20, 2014

Kickass Woman Of The Day: Holocaust Survivor And Activist Hedy Epstein Arrested In Ferguson Protest

Hedy Epstein, a 90-year-old Holocaust survivor, human rights activist, and St. Louis resident, knows a thing or two about standing up against injustice. She's spent her life fighting inequality, so when Missouri Governor Jay Nixon called in the National Guard to get involved in the unrest in Ferguson following the shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown, she…

By: Claire Hannum / August 20, 2014

Kickass Woman Of The Day: Maryam Mirzakhani Is The First Female Winner Of The Fields Medal For Mathematics

Maryam Mirzakhani, who is 37, became the first woman to win the Fields Medal this week. In the world of mathematics, the Fields Medal is equivalent to the Nobel Prize. If you've seen "Good Will Hunting," you might remember hearing it referenced quite a few times. Mirzakhani was one of four recipients and was presented…

By: Claire Hannum / August 15, 2014

Kickass Woman Of The Day: Lucy Coffey Is The Oldest Living Female Army Veteran

At 108 years old, Lucy Coffey is the United States' oldest living female military veteran. Coffey was an accountant-statistician and served in the procurement office through the Women's Army Corps during World War II. With 150,000 members during the war, the WAC was the first group of women besides nurses to be members of the…

By: Claire Hannum / August 11, 2014

Kickass Woman Of The Day: Firefighter Danae Mines Is The First Woman To Be Featured In The FDNY Calendar Of Heroes

Danae Mines, a firefighter of 11 years, has long been one of New York City's few women in the position. Now, she's taking on another first -- the only woman to be featured in the formerly dudes-only FDNY Calendar of Heroes. The annual display of sexy firefighters raises money for the FDNY Foundation -- and…

By: Claire Hannum / July 16, 2014

Kickass Woman Of The Day: The Navy Just Got Its First Four-Star Female Admiral

In its 236 years of existence, the U.S. Navy has never had a female four-star admiral — until now. Vice Admiral Michelle Howard was just promoted to an admiral and is now the Navy's new vice chief of naval operations, which is the branch's number two position. (The Air Force and the Army have both…

By: Claire Hannum / July 2, 2014

Kickass Woman Of The Day: “Fresh Prince” Star Karyn Parsons Teaches Young People About The Forgotten Heroes Of Black History

Most people know Karyn Parsons as Hilary Banks of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," but these days, she's more of a history teacher than anything else. In the years since "Fresh Prince," the star and mom of two founded a nonprofit called Sweet Blackberry, which aims to share little known stories of black history with children.

By: Claire Hannum / June 30, 2014

Kickass Woman Of The Day: Suzan Harjo, The Woman Who Beat The Washington Redskins

Earlier today, the U.S. Patents and Trademarks Office cancelled the federal trademarks for the Washington Redskins after ruling that the name was "disparaging to Native Americans." And the woman to thank for this tremendous victory over a powerful NFL team and its owners is Suzan Harjo, a 69-year-old grandmother and Native American activist who has been waging…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / June 18, 2014

Kickass Woman Of The Day: Get To Know Amara Enyia, Chicago’s Iron Candidate

To understand why Amara Enyia is running for mayor of Chicago, you have to understand Chicago a little first: Chicago is one city made up of about 75 neighborhoods, and within those there are neighborhoods-within-neighborhoods. Those neighborhoods reflect the city’s vast diversity: Pilsen is a historically Mexican neighborhood, and is home to the National Museum…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / June 17, 2014

Kickass Woman Of The Day: Mandy Hansen, The First Female Crew Member On “Deadliest Catch”

"Deadliest Catch" is one of my favorite reality shows. I love watching marathons of it when I'm sad or depressed, because nothing makes me feel better about my current life situation than being reminded that it could be worse, and specifically, that I could be in the middle of a 24-hour shift on a tiny…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / June 11, 2014

Kickass Woman Of The Day: Senator Elizabeth Warren, Who’s Trying To Save Students Buried Under Mounds Of Debt

Student loan debt in America currently totals $1.2 trillion, and is rising quickly. As graduation day approaches, the class of 2014 might be feeling less than hopeful about their future, faced with a less-than-stellar job market and tens (or hundreds) of thousands of dollars of debt accrued in the process of getting a degree. Massachusett…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / May 7, 2014

Kickass Woman of the Day: British Teen Fahma Mohamed Takes A Stand Against Female Genital Mutilation

Fahma Mohamed, a 17-year-old British student, is determined to make female genital mutation (FGM) a thing of the past in the UK. The process is intended to prevent sex from being pleasurable for a young woman so that she remains "pure" until marriage. The most common time for FGM to happen is over summer holidays,…

By: Claire Hannum / February 6, 2014

Kickass Woman Of The Day: Bernice Gordon, The First Centenarian To Publish A Crossword In The New York Times

This past Saturday, Bernice Gordon turned 100 years old, and to celebrate, she did what she does every day: she created a crossword puzzle. Gordon has been writing crosswords for nearly six decades, with her grids appearing regularly in The New York Times and other newspapers, magazines, and books since the 1950s. She's something of…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / January 15, 2014

Kickass Woman Of The Day: Tulsa Lady Confronts Man Masturbating In Women’s Bathroom At Walmart

Meet Beth Davis of Tulsa, Oklahoma.  She ran by Walmart to run and errand and stopped first in the women's restroom.  There should found a man, standing in front of the mirror partially clothed, jerking off.  So Davis whipped out her cameraphone and started filming him as he tried to leave the store, while she…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 29, 2013
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