Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey is an American icon. She is a business woman, author, magazine owner, talk show host, actress, and philanthropist. She began life in Mississippi born to a single mom. Blessed with a curious nature and desire to learn she read every book in her community library!

Graduating from Tennessee State University, she later joined a local Nashville television station as anchor, then moved to a Baltimore station. In 1984 she was tapped for a Chicago morning show with low ratings. Her efforts made it the highest rated local program which later became The Oprah Winfrey Show running from 1986-2011.

In her lifetime it has been estimated that Oprah has interviewed over 37,000 people. Here is a paraphrased listing of her recipe for interview success:

  • Listen three times more than you talk.
  • Spotlight on the individual being interviewed.
  • Put away all your “stuff,” and focus to get a connection.

Gayle King

Gayle is an American television personality, author, and editor at large for Oprah Magazine. Her current day job is CBS This Morning where she has been since 2012, the year it debuted.

From a military family Gayle was born in Maryland but spent many years in Turkey. She attended the University of Maryland graduating with a degree in psychology and sociology. From there began work as a production assistant with a Baltimore television station. It was there she met Oprah, who later became her life long best friend.

She later moved into a news anchor position in Kansas City, Missouri, and has worked in radio as well. In April 2020, she began a new radio show where people call in to discuss how they are coping in light of the Pandemic.

Gayle is divorced and has 2 children. She resides in New York City.

Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton

Quilt from the Hampton, Virginia 2020 Quilt Show

This woman has held the following positions:

  • First Lady 1993-2001
  • United States Senator 2001-2009
  • 67th Secretary of State 2009-2013

She was born in Chicago on October 26, 1947, attended Wellesley College as a Political Science Major, and graduated from Yale University with a law degree. While at Yale she met Bill Clinton, her future husband, and President of the United States.

In 2016 she ran an unsuccessful presidential campaign against Donald Trump winning the popular vote but loosing via the Electoral College process.

Currently, Hillary is writing, and completed a book with her daughter, Chelsea Clinton Mezvinsky, The Book of Gutsy Women. In early 2020 a documentary on Hillary was released by Hulu. She has 3 grandchildren Charlotte 5, Aidan 3, and Jasper born in 2019.

Amanda Gorman

This woman is the American Youth Poet Laureate. She is 22 years old and Harvard educated. An activist from Los Angeles, she is involved in causes related to oppression, feminism, race, marginalization and African diaspora. Her 2015 book, The One For Whom Food Is Not Enough, has won critical acclaim.

She recently appeared on CBS This Morning with an uplifting poem of hope in light of our Pandemic. It is a must see. Google it.

She plans to run for President in 2036.

Barbra Streisand

Barbara (Barbra) Joan Streisand is a singer, actress, and film maker who grew up in Brooklyn, New York. Upon completing high school she began her career as a cabaret singer in Manhattan. This eventually lead to a record contract and the rest is history.

She has recorded close to 40 albums and at 78 years old continues to be involved in community endeavors. Active on Twitter she remains close to the Clinton family and is working to defeat Donald Trump in the next election.

Married twice she has a son from her first husband, Elliot Gould. In her current marriage to James Brolin they have been together over 20 years and in interviews he has stated being married to Barbra is like being in Heaven.

Her accolades include 2 Academy Awards, several Golden Globes, and Grammy Awards, as well as a 2008 Kennedy Center Honors.

See girls, we can have it all.

Beyonce

Beyonce Giselle Knowles-Carter is an American singer, song writer, record producer, dancer, and actress. She began her career as a child in Houston, Texas, singing and dancing in local contests. Later she formed the group Destiny’s Child and became the lead singer.

During her career she began working with rapper, Jay Z, and the couple later married quietly in 2008. They often continue to work together and have three children, Blue Ivy, Rum, and Sir Carter.

Due to the enormous number of awards Beyonce has achieved she is often called Queen Bee, or “B” to her friends. This nickname is also reflected in her Twitter account, @QueenBeeBeyonce.

Danielle Steel

This gal is a New York born, California based writer of primarily romance novels with almost 200 books penned. Having sold over 800 million books she continues to write at 72 years of age. Her books have been adapted for television and into 43 languages. She is the fourth best selling fiction writer of all time.

Steel was born into a privileged family with her father a German descendant of the Lowenbrau beer family and her mother from a Portuguese family of diplomats. They divorced and her father raised her. She rarely saw her mother, however her life was filled with elegance, rank and distinction afforded to the affluent.

As a young child she began writing poetry and short stories, however studied design in college. Later taking a job at Ladies Home Journal an editor encouraged her to continue to write and that she did with much acclaim.

“Sometimes, if you aren’t sure about something, you have to just jump off the bridge and grow wings on your way down.” -Danielle Steel

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader was born Joan Ruth Bader in Brooklyn, New York, in 1933. Her father was a furrier and her mother a garment factory worker who instilled the need for education in her daughter.

My mother told me to be a lady. And for her, that meant be your own person, be independent.

Ruth excelled in her studies throughout her school years and attended Cornell University, where she met her beloved husband, Martin Ginsburg. From Cornell she studied at Harvard Law being one of the nine females in the class of 500. She was the first female on the Harvard Law Review of this male dominated college.

Martin and Ruth in later years

Many challenges occurred during this time as her husband was diagnosed with cancer and she was caring for a newborn as well. Upon Martin’s recovery he accepted a job in New York City with Ruth following. She completed her last year of law school at Columbia University graduating first in her class in 1959.

Facing gender discrimination she was unable to obtain a law position upon graduation. She became a judge law clerk, with her following positions in faculty positions at Rutger’s and Columbia Law School. Later she became general counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union arguing 6 cases before the Supreme Court.

Known for her slow, steady, and calculated approach she became known for her expertise in sex discrimination cases. President Jimmy Carter tapped her in 1980 for a position on the US Court of Appeals and later in 1992 President Bill Clinton appointed her as the second female to the US Supreme Court.

While 87 years young she continues to work tirelessly at her position. She has overcome several bouts of cancer and regularly works out.

A lover of opera she often attends with her children. In her years on the Supreme Court she has never missed a day even with the death of her husband, and her own chemotherapy appointments. Known as a force to be reckoned with her nickname is, “The Notorious RBG.”

Mary Cassatt

Mary Cassatt was an American impressionist painter who lived from 1844 to 1926. Born in Allegheny, Pennsylvania she attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Mary came from a family of privilege and wealth eventually moving to France where she spent the bulk of her life involved with other prominent impressionists of the era such as Edgar Degas.

Much of Ms. Cassatt’s work are portraits of mother and child.

In her paintings there are broad brush strokes with a complex portrayal of the subject.

She is one of only a few women who exhibited with the French impressionists during this time.

Her works are exhibited throughout the museums of the world.

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