Sunday, February 5, 2017

Trailblazer: First Full-time Female NFL Referee Sarah Thomas, Super Bowl Sunday

Super Bowl Sunday
Football Stadium
It's Super Bowl Sunday!! Will you be watching?
What a spectacular night to wind up the professional football season. This isn't a game just for guys anymore. Girls are finding their way onto the football field as players and referees.

Sarah Thomas became the first female National Football League referee in 2015.
Here's what she said about the NFL referees--"All these guys have years and years of experience and knowledge and know what the next level is looking for so if I can learn, why not learn from them.”

Sarah has worked her way up from officiating at high school games, to college games and has been in the NFL's Officiating Development program. She achieved this opportunity by putting in hard work and dedication.

She won't be a referee at the Super Bowl tonight, but I bet you'll be seeing this trailblazer and more female NFL referees in the future because of Sarah's groundbreaking work in refereeing professional football games.

Congratulations, Sarah!

Do you like to play or watch football? Leave a comment below or congratulations message to Sarah.
Click the links below to read about more articles about women in football on the Girls Succeed Blog.
 Katie Hnida First woman to score in NCAA Game
Kathryn Smith Named NFL Football Coach

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Historic Weekend: USA Inauguration and Women's March

Flag of the United States of America
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What an historic weekend!! Hello and welcome to the Girls Succeed blog!

USA Inauguration Ceremony January 20, 2017

The inauguration of the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, was celebrated on Friday, January 20. The impressive ceremony incorporated the tradition that has taken place every four years since 1789 when George Washington took the oath of President of the USA.

The inauguration is not a party given for the President, but rather it is a celebration of the passing of the peaceful transfer of power from one administration to the new incoming administration. The election was bitter, but even with all the divisions, the parties came together in peace.

Citizens of the world participated in the Women's March on January 21, 2017
The Women's March--January 21, 2017

Pastor Laurie Haller

Throughout the world, women ( and men) marched together for awareness and change. Pastor Laurie Haller explains why she marched on Saturday.

"God bless the millions of women, men, girls, and boys around the world who are marching today. Thank you for marching in love on behalf of equal opportunity for women and all those whose human rights, deepest yearnings, and dignity are minimized or denied because of gender, race, class, sexual identity, or entrenched attitudes of privilege." --Laurie Haller, Facebook Post

What an exciting world we live in. My mother always said, "Nothing is so certain as change." Hang on and have an open heart to meet the challenges and acceptance of change that is good for all.

Many of he successful women in the Girls Succeed! ebook 
are trailblazers in their chosen professions.
Girls Succeed: Stories Behind the Careers of Successful Women
Girls Succeed!
To inspire and empower girls.

Pastor Laurie is one of the many role models I interviewed in Girls Succeed! Stories Behind the Careers of Successful Women, an interactive ebook to inspire and empower girls.
You can sample or download your copy here at amazon.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Honoring Martin Luther King, Trailblazer Bessie Coleman, First Black Woman Pilot in America

Honoring Martin Luther King

Thank you to Dr.King and those brave people through our history for trailblazing a path to freedom, equality and justice for all. 

Only in the darkness can you see the stars.--Martin Luther King

Meet Trailblazer Bessie Coleman

Elizabeth (Bessie) Coleman-January 26, 1892 – April 30, 1926

Bessie Coleman was a pioneer in aviation and a trailblazer who broke down barriers of racial prejudice and discrimination of women of all colors. 

Bessie grew up poor on a farm in Texas. She was the tenth of thirteen children who helped her parents work the farm. Looking for a better life, she joined her brothers in Chicago and supported herself as a manicurist in a barber shop. The idea to become a pilot was sparked when she listened to her customers talk about flying military planes. It was her dream to become a flyer, but at that time no flying schools accepted black men OR any women. She had to find a way to learn to fly even if she was a woman and she was brown-skinned.

She worked hard and raised money to go to France to attend flying school there. She learned her lessons and practiced her flying skills to return to the USA with an International Pilots License becoming the first American to ever receive one.

Being the daredevil she was, Bessie took up barnstorming. She performed stunts in the air flying her bi-plane, a plane with two wings, in air shows becoming part of the aerobatics high above the ground. She looped through the sky, performed figure eights, and dived from high above pulling up just in time not to crash into the ground. She was a hit with the crowds, but performed only in locations which allowed black folks to attend. She became so popular she earned the nickname, Queen Bess.

Bessie's career was cut short when the plane she was practicing in for a performance crashed and claimed her life. The world mourned her passing, but celebrated her accomplishments as a courageous woman and an inspiration for African-Americans and all women in the aviation industry. 

VIDEO: Bessie Coleman--Studies Weekly Video

Bessie Coleman, first black woman pilot
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Learn more about trailblazing contemporary women in the interactive e-book for girls, 

Girls Succeed! Stories Behind the Careers of Successful Women by J.Q. Rose
Inspiring and empowering girls to achieve success in their dream careers.
To learn more about the -book or to download the book, click here.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Happy New Year 2017!

Wishing you a blessed New Year 2017!!

Popping in to wish you a healthy 


Happy New Year 2017!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Our Greatest Need, Love Came Down at Christmas, Merry Christmas

Love came down at Christmas
Image taken at Walt Disney World by J.Q. Rose
Our Greatest Need

If our greatest need had been information, God would have sent us an educator.
If our greatest need had been technology, God would have sent us a scientist.
If our greatest need had been money, God would have sent us an economist.
If our greatest need had been pleasure, God would have sent us an entertainer.
But our greatest need was forgiveness and acceptance, so God sent us a Savior.
--Author Unknown

Wishing you all the hope, peace, love, and joy of this Christmas season!

Merry Christmas! 
from J. (Janet) Q. Rose
Not That Far From Bethlehem with Lyrics from

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

The Story Behind the Inspiration for my Recently Released Mystery, Dangerous Sanctuary

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Dangerous Sanctuary by J.Q. Rose
Pastor Christine Hobbs never imagined 
she would be caring for a flock that includes
 a pig, a kangaroo, and a murderer.
I'm excited to share with you the release of my new book, Dangerous Sanctuary. The
 romance/mystery was released by Books We Love. I must confess, I have been working toward the dream of having a print book published, so my publisher made that dream a reality! Come on and do a happy dance with me to celebrate!!  

The main character is a female pastor, Pastor Christine Hobbs. This blog is all about the stories behind the scenes. People often ask what inspiredme to write a book featuring a woman pastor.
Girls Succeed! by J.Q. Rose
Inspiring and empowering girls
to achieve success
in their dream careers.

Actually it started because I interviewed a female pastor for my book for girls, Girls Succeed: The Stories Behind the Careers of Successful Women. I was intrigued with the pastor's story about her entry into the ministry at a time when it was basically a man's career. When she discovered women were making breakthroughs into becoming ordained ministers in a few denominations, her dream of becoming a minister became a reality. She succeeded in earning her Master of Divinity Degree at Yale University Divinity School and was ordained by the General Conference of the Mennonite Church in Pennsylvania.

At the time I interviewed her she was the District Superintendent of the West Michigan United Methodist Church Conference. She was responsible for sixty-nine United Methodist churches and their pastors. Her devotion to God, her determination, and her great experiences sparked the idea for the story. 

That same year, a woman was assigned to our local church. I learned even more about being a woman pastor from her e.g. no one tells a male pastor he’s wearing cute shoes! With these two exceptional role models, I created the character of Pastor Hobbs. Since I’m a mystery writer, Pastor Christine had to be one of the murder suspects and what a contrast to have the good pastor accused of such a horrendous crime.
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Now you can meet the Pastor who inspired the book, Pastor Laurie Haller.
Pastor Laurie Haller, Christian minister
Pastor Laurie Haller is busy this week because it's a special season in the Christian year. It's Christmas time. Christians celebrate Christmas because it is the birthday of Jesus Christ who was born in a manger. God sent Him as a baby to teach us about God's love and forgiveness.

When Pastor Laurie was a little girl, she felt a longing to tell the story of Jesus and share His love and kindness. Through her ministry, she wanted  to help transform this world into a better place for everyone.

Laurie pictured playing with a turtle
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Excerpt from the chapter, Serving God, in Girls Succeed! Stories Behind the Careers of Successful Women

Growing up in the lush, green countryside in Pennsylvania Dutch country in southeastern Pennsylvania, Laurie was able to live in the midst of God’s handiwork.  The magnificent, fertile rolling hills provided farm families with bountiful harvests and open space for grazing animals.  Laurie loved playing outdoors. She, her two brothers, and sister attended the Mennonite church with their father and mother.  The people in this church set her on the path to knowing and loving God and her desire to serve God as a pastor.
“I felt called to be a pastor when I was a little girl, but women were not allowed to be pastors in my denomination, the General Conference Mennonite Church. I decided to study church music in college and graduate school with the idea that I would serve as a Director of Music in a church,” Laurie said.
However, when attending graduate school, she discovered there were women preparing to be pastors in her classes at the seminary. The seminary is a university that teaches students who want to work in the field of religion. Still feeling the call within her to serve God, Laurie enrolled in the seminary after completing her Masters in Music degree. She studied to become a pastor. 
Laurie had never met a woman pastor, but she knew several male pastors whom she admired.  She had to discover her place as a woman in this job.  By the time Laurie graduated from the seminary, the General Conference of the Mennonite Church accepted women as pastors.  She was ordained which means she was received into the ministry of the church.
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You can learn more about Pastor Laurie and her career as a Christian minister in Girls Succeed: Stories Behind the Careers of Successful Women. Click the underlined Amazon to read a sample and download the interactive e-book-- Amazon

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Wishing you a Merry Christmas!

Happy Holidays!!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving from J.Q. Rose, Gratitude

Gratitude means thankful.
Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving Day filled with gratitude!
Happy Thanksgiving from J.Q.Rose!!