Thursday, March 8, 2018

Discover International Women's Day and Women's History Month, Trailblazers

Hello and welcome to the Girls Succeed! Blog. March is a big month for Women.
International Women's Day
Today, March 8, is International Women's Day
We celebrate every year to recognize women's achievements throughout history and across nations in politics and economics and to work toward equality.

Celebrate the international community of women.
March is Women's History Month

From the Women's History Month website--"Each year there is a special Theme and women whose lives exemplify that theme are selected as National Honorees.
Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms
of Discrimination Against Women

The 2018 National Women’s History theme presents the opportunity to honor women who have shaped America’s history and its future through their tireless commitment to ending discrimination against women and girls. The theme embodies women working together with strength, tenacity, and courage to overcome obstacles and achieve joyful accomplishments."
Click here to read about the National Women's History Project honorees.
Empowering Girls through stories about successful women.
Girls Succeed! is an interactive e-book featuring 15 successful women who had big dreams when they were girls. We celebrate their achievements and are inspired by their lives.
The amazing women featured in Girls Succeed!
A diverse group with careers in medicine, science, sports, ministry, and more.
Click here to learn more about each woman in the ebook. 
Girls Succeed! is available at major online booksellers.
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The Girls Succeed Blog is proud to feature women in history and contemporary women who are role models for girls. Click on "Trailblazer" in the categories section of this blog to take you to their stories. Take a moment to browse through this blog to meet inspiring women.

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Congratulations to Team USA Women's Ice Hockey Gold Medal Winners!


hockey girls
Hockey girls have Goals.
What a battle for the gold--USA vs Canada! Evenly matched teams played a thrilling game that ended with a shoot out. History in the making for these fabulous, skilled women. HUGS and High-Fives to all!


USA defeats Canada to win the gold medal in women's hockey

2018 Olympics Canada vs USA in Women's Hockey Gold Medal Game 

Olympic Gold Medalist Angela Ruggiero was a member of the gold-winning 1998 team. I interviewed her for the book, Girls Succeed! Stories Behind the Careers of Successful Women. She certainly didn't begin her amazing career as a skilled skater. Read on.

Girls Succeed! Stories Behind the Careers of Successful Women by J.Q. Rose
Stories of inspiring women in careers of science, medicine, technology, writing, horticulture and more.
Excerpt: Girls Succeed: Stories Behind the Careers of Successful Women, Chapter 10

Angela Ruggiero, proud member of Team USA, stood on the Olympics’ podium to accept the gold medal as the whole world watched.  Team USA Women’s Ice Hockey team earned gold medals for their outstanding play against the worlds’ best teams.  This was a moment she would remember for her lifetime.
When she was seven years old Angela began playing ice hockey with her older sister, Pamela, and younger brother, Billy, at the local ice rink where she developed the skills and speed.
But Angela’s first step into the ice rink did not go well for her. After many stumbles, slips, and falls, she reached the wall of the ice rink.  She held on to it to keep her upright as she inched her way around the enormous rink.  She gained a little more confidence and learned how to manage all the weight and limitations of the hockey gear. She began to let go of the wall and try longer strides.  She was determined to get up some speed.  And finally, after two hours, Angela loved skating!  She didn’t want to get off the ice when her time was up.
When Angela was nine years old, she became aware of the problem of being a girl playing in a boy’s sport.  Angela was not a petite little girl.  She was strong and athletic and could keep up with the boys.  Her skills in ice hockey matched and surpassed many of the boys her age.  But when a team was selected to play a special tournament in Canada, Angela was chosen only as the first alternate.  This meant that only if a team member were sick or injured, Angela would be allowed to play. 
Angela didn’t wish for someone to be sick or hurt, but she really wanted the chance to play in the tournament. When her brother, Billy, and her dad arrived at the airport to fly to Canada with the team, the coach told them that two boys were sick and couldn’t play in the tournament.
“I’ll call Angela to get ready and go pick her up,” Mr. Ruggiero told the coach.
But the coach said, “No, that’s not necessary, Bill.  She’s a girl.”
Although she was heartbroken when her dad told her she couldn’t play for Team California because she was a girl, she never wanted to quit.  Instead, she became more determined than ever to be the best player she could be.  She didn’t try to get even by knocking the boys down or hurting them, but she did decide to outsmart them with her outstanding skill and maneuvers.

To learn more about Angela Ruggiero, check out Chapter 10, Showing the Boys, in the Girls Succeed interactive e-book.

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Meet Dr. Temple Grandin, Autism Awareness

Hello and welcome to the Girls Succeed Blog!

Today I want to introduce you to a remarkable woman, Dr. Mary Temple Grandin.
According to wikipedia, she is an American professor of animal science at Colorado State University, consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior, and autism spokesperson.
Not only is she a brilliant doctor/scientist, she is also a woman who is opening up the mystery of autism from the inside. Temple is autistic.

What is Autism?

Autism is a developmental condition in the brain.
photo from pixabay

Autism is a pervasive neuro-developmental condition which effects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. People with autism may have a difficult time understanding ‘typical’ social cues and social behaviors, and they may face challenges engaging with those around them — either by using words or non-verbal behaviors. --The Global Autism Project Click here for the entire article.
Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (asd), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences. We now know that there is not one autism but many types, caused by a combination of genetic and environmental influences.--Autism Speaks
Temple's Life
Temple wrote about her life as an autistic person. Her voice led to a better understanding of autism which has helped in working with people with the condition and making their lives better. 

Temple never talked until she was almost 4 years old. Doctors wanted to send her to an institution and keep her away from society, but her mother would have none of that. Her mom stood up for Temple and found speech therapists and private schools to educate her. She loved horses and building things.
Temple loves horses.
Photo from pixabay.
Going to school and fitting "in" wasn't easy for Temple, but with her mother's support and love and her determination, Temple graduated with a degree in animal science and went on to become a doctor in animal science. 

Learn more about Temple and her life in this video.
Video: Home and Family Life--Temple Grandin

Home and Family Life Video Interviews Temple Grandin
Youtube video

Do you or someone you know have autism? Tell us about it in a comment below.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Meet Katie Hughes, Founder of Girls Build

Hello and welcome to the Girls Succeed blog!
Tools used in the building trades
Picture courtesy of Pixabay
I'm thrilled to introduce you to Katie Hughes today. When Katie worked as a carpenter in the building trades, she  realized how few women actually were in the jobs that include carpentry, electrical and plumbing installation, and all the jobs or trades needed to build a house, a commercial building, or even a play house. 

The demand for trades people is growing and businesses are searching for good, hard workers who love to create with their hands. Katie has made it her mission to train women for the jobs and to teach girls 8-14 years old many of the skills they can use to now to make clocks, sandboxes, and playhouses. 

Katie founded Girls Build in Portland, Oregon because she wanted to "inspire curiosity and confidence in girls through the world of building." Girls Build offers workshops after school and/or a week of summer camp filled with building projects, games and fun.
She was chosen as an Everyday Hero by KATU TV Station in Oregon.
Click here to watch their VIDEO.

Simply put, Katie wants girls to "try stuff" and discover the skills she teaches. Do you have a desire to build something with your hands? Watch it grow into something useful? And look at your handiwork with pride?

Learn more about Katie and her summer camp for girls in this video. Click the title to watch.
Video: Girls Build--Returning the Favor with Mike Rowe

Women who choose to work in the building trades experience the joy of building. How about you? Are you interested in learning how to use tools? Please leave a comment below. We'd love to hear from you.Thank you.


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Girls Succeed! Stories Behind the Careers of Successful Women by J.Q. Rose
Inspiring and empowering girls to achieve success in their dream careers.
An interactive e-book filled with dreams and passion to inspire, entertain, and empower girls. Fifteen remarkable career women in a variety of occupations share their stories in these pages. Explore careers which include women who have discovered cures to stamp out disease, made people laugh, earned Olympic and Paralympic gold medals, and crossed the country in the cab of an 18 wheeler.

Available now at amazon.
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Girls Succeed to become Successful Women This book is well written and very informative. If you have a dream you don't think you'll be able to attain I suggest you have a look at this book. It will certainly give you inspiration for your own goals. Sue Pernzon

Very Inspirational My favorite inspirational story is Mackenzie Woodring, because even after sustaining her injuries and losing her sister she still managed to come back and achieve her dream. Charity Martinez

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year 2018

Welcome to the Girls Succeed Blog!

I hope you had a wonderful holiday season. Next up, Happy New Year 2018! 

We're taking a break, but we'll be right back at it with a new blog article for you on 
January 4. Please stop in to meet an extraordinary woman.

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Have a Safe and Happy New Year 2018!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Recipe: Puppy Chow Makes a Fun and Tasty Holiday Gift

Christmas candle ring
Photo by J.Q. Rose
Hello and Welcome! Today, besides writing my blog for you, I am in the midst of planning a Christmas gift for our neighbors. Not any huge gift like a TV or cookware. No. We just exchange cookies or handmade gifts. I'm having fun putting together some treats. In fact, I had so much fun making up Puppy Chow, I decided to share the recipe with you. 

First of all, Puppy Chow is NOT for puppies. No. It's actually Puppy Chow for People. Er, no wait, that's not quite right either. It's a treat for people, but named Puppy Chow because...Hm, you know I don't really know why they call it puppy chow.
My daughters, granddaughter, and me!
My daughters and I made it when they were kids and now they make it with their kids. (I should probably throw in that sometimes Puppy Chow is also called Baby Poop, and I don't know why that name is used either.)

Let me just give you the recipe, so you can make it. When you taste the sweetness and creamy flavor of peanut butter-chocolate,you won't care what the name is either.

Ingredients to make puppy chow for people
Puppy Chow for People

1 12 oz. box Crispix Cereal, Rice Chex, or Corn Chex
2 ½ - 3 cups of powdered sugar
12 oz. chocolate chips
1 cup creamy peanut butter
¼ c. margarine

 Melt peanut butter, margarine, and chocolate chips in a bowl in the microwave on high for one minute. Stir. Heat for 30 seconds more.

Pour mixture over cereal in a large bowl. (This is the most difficult part of the recipe. Covering all the cereal with the thick chocolate is difficult. I gave up stirring it with a spoon. Instead I buttered my fingers and tossed it together. Be careful. It is hot. Later, a friend suggested wearing gloves and spray them with oil. Either way, I think the kids would have fun trying to mix it with their hands. Of course, watch out they don’t lick the sweet chocolate off their hands while stirring!! It is tempting.)

Put powdered sugar in a paper grocery bag and add cereal mix. Shake till well coated.

You may store in a tight container or plastic bag. 

Maybe you can make this treat and give it to your family and friends for Christmas. 

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Girls Succeed! Stories Behind the Careers of Successful Women
by J.Q.Rose
To inspire and empower girls
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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Wishing You a Happy Thanksgiving from J.Q. Rose

Gratitude quote by A. A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

Can you tuck all the reasons you are thankful this season inside your heart? I bet you can.

Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving 
from J.Q. Rose