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January 23, 2012

Steps N Stages' Jubilee House provides shelter for homeless female veterans

Posted: 01:04 PM ET

Fifty Five thousand women who have served in the military are homeless, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. It's a statistic you don't hear too much about... but it's one that's growing. In fact women are 4 times more likely than male veterans to end up homeless.

One woman is working to change that AND start lowering that number one woman at at time... and she is our "Breakthrough Woman."

Barbara Marshall served her country as a Chaplain in the Navy. She no longer wears that uniform, but she is still serving her country and supporting other female military members at Steps N Stages' Jubilee House. A home for homeless, female, military veterans and their children.

If you know a woman who is breaking through barriers to improve her community, we want to tell her story too... visit the "Breakthrough Woman" assignment page at iReport.com and tell us about her.

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November 18, 2011

Breakthrough Woman Angela Rose: Kidnap victim fights back, helps others

Posted: 07:38 AM ET

Kidnapped in broad daylight, and sexually assaulted at the age of 17, Angela Rose survived that ordeal and now tells her story in the hopes that it will save others.

Angela credits her grandmother for helping her though the aftermath and leading her to become an activist for other victims. "She was the first person to call me and say, 'I know this was hard for you Anglea, but this happened for a reason.'"

Flash forward to 2011. Since her ordeal and inspired by her grandmother’s words Angela founded a program called "PAVE: Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment." And for the last ten years has been helping people understand that we can’t always choose what happens to us, but we can choose how we grow from negative experiences and we can use them to help others heal. Anglea says that is, "Something we need to do, to break that cycle of violence."

Do you know a "Breakthrough Woman" like Angela? Nominate her on our special page at iReport.com, and you may see her story on HLN's "Morning Express with Robin Meade.".

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November 9, 2011

Breakthrough Woman: Micaela Connery's Unified Theater progam

Posted: 01:49 PM ET

Unified theater group brings students with and WITHOUT disabilities together.

Micaela Connery was inspired to start the program as a club in her Connecticut high school by her cousin who was born with multiple disabilities. She says, “I remember getting to High School and I saw NO kids with disabilities in my classroom. So in Unified Theater we pull in ALL kids from EVERY walk of life. We give them a place to belong where they’re going to become empowered and supported.”

Michaela says she looks at the Unified Theater groups (now in over 30 schools across the country) and sees "nothing but hope, and nothing but amazing young people who are rock their world."

For more information visit the unified theater website: unifiedtheater.org

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October 27, 2011

Misty Copeland: reshaping your idea of what a ballerina looks like

Posted: 11:06 AM ET


Being the first African-American female soloist at the American Ballet Theatre in 20 years definitely makes Misty Copeland a Morning Express with Robin Meade ‘Breakthrough Woman.’ But it’s more than just the color of her skin that makes her an inspiration. Misty is a mentor to girls eager to follow in her footsteps, on the stage and in life. She says, “The challenges of being one of the few black women in this field, gave me this determination not to give up.”

Misty points out that for many the idea of a “classical ballerina” is a “...white woman. Petite. Without curves. So it’s very different from my build and my background.” She’s glad she’s had the opportunity to reshape that perception, “I think I fit a new mold that I’m making for myself of what a ballerina should look like.”

That’s a sentiment you can hear from the girls Misty mentors as well. Imani DeJesus says Misty has taught her, “…even if we’re different, if we’re unique, we can be just as equal as anyone else.”

If you are a 'Breakthrough Woman' or know someone who is, let us know. We may feature her on HLN's Morning Express with Robin Meade.

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October 21, 2011

Rear Admiral Sandra Stosz breaks through as first woman to command U.S. Coast Guard Academy

Posted: 01:35 PM ET


The U.S. Coast Guard Academy made headlines this year when a female was chosen to take the helm, in fact Rear Admiral Sandra Stosz is the first woman to lead ANY of the U.S. Military Academies. And now, for the second year in a row, the school she leads ranks as one of the top colleges in the country according to U.S. News and World Report. That’s just a couple of the reasons she is a “Morning Express with Robin MeadeBreakthrough Woman.

Admiral Stosz offers some great advice, not just for women, but for anyone who wants to make their mark on life. She says, “Too many people are looking for a secret ingredient and they're trying to take lessons from what everyone else tells them as the way to succeed. You just need to be yourself. Stand tall, proud and confident.

Meet all of the Morning Express with Robin Meade "Breakthrough Women."

Do you know a Breakthrough Woman? Nominate her at iReport.com.

Filed under: Breakthrough Women • Salute to Troops


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October 13, 2011

Diabetic Angels support, educate and entertain

Posted: 11:15 AM ET


The "Diabetic Angels" are made up of two sets of identical twins who have set out to support people with diabetes and educate everyone. It all started when one of the angels was un-invited from a 4th grade party because the mom hosting the event thought that 'diabetics were a hassle.'

Since then the Angels have done speaking engagements, launched a website and are even SINGING to get their message out and raise money for a cure.

To learn more, visit their website: diabeticangels.com.

Meet all of our Morning Express with Robin Meade "Breakthrough Women."

Do you know a Breakthrough Woman? Nominate her at iReport.com.

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October 7, 2011

Bree McMahon is a True Champion

Posted: 01:29 PM ET

Today’s True Champion is an amazingly inspirational story. Soccer phenom Bree McMahon’s lower body was crushed by a car in high school 2 years ago. She lost her left leg and her right leg is incredibly scarred. But she’s back on the soccer field at Brevard College in North Carolina with her running leg, and she’s dealing with every obstacle that comes her way with incredible optimism! Bree says she is still figuring out how to adjust her body movements, but she says knowing that she’s getting closer to her goal of playing soccer competitively makes her want to work twice as hard.

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October 6, 2011

Breakthrough woman fights HIV by empowering young women

Posted: 01:31 PM ET


African American women are 15 times more likely to contract H-I-V than white women. One North Carolina mom is hoping to lower that statistic by empowering young, black women to take charge of their bodies and their lives. She's today's "Breakthrough Woman":

DeVondia Roseborough was nominated by her friend Trina Sowell, who says:
My friend DeVondia Roseborough is definitely a breakthrough woman. Years ago, she found out that she's HIV positive and instead of lying in bed, wallowing in pity, in 2005, she started the Rasberrirose Foundation. The purpose was to encourage the importance of education and respecting our bodies as women. Preventing unwanted pregnancies and STD's like HIV. And to those young women who have already been exposed to the disease, she still encourages them, "You take this and turn it around to something positive."

It's good just to have women like DeVondia who can say, "Hey, this is what I've been through. This is what I've done. But look at me now. Look at where I'm going."

Meet all of our Morning Express with Robin Meade "Breakthrough Women."

Do you know a Breakthrough Woman? Nominate her at iReport.com.

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September 28, 2011

"Girls on the Run" creator Molly Barker is a 'Breakthrough Woman'

Posted: 02:15 PM ET


Molly Barker is a FOUR-TIME Ironman athlete and she's using her love or running to teach girls valuable life lessons.

Her organization, "Girls on the Run" is a program for 3rd to 8th grade girls that them the tools to live their lives with intention and celebrate who they are through running. The after-school program helps girls build confidence while they train for a 5K!

Molly started the program in 1996 after years of questioning her own self worth. She told us, "When I was about 11 or 12, I became very aware of the voices in my head saying you're not pretty enough, or smart enough, or thin enough, brave enough. Basically you're not good enough."

After changing the way she thought about herself, Molly was inspired to help others. Now more than 350,000 girls have taken part in "Girls on the Run!" One of her participants, Jane, says, "'Girls on the Run' teaches you even if you say negative thoughts about yourself you can turn them into a positive thought."

You can learn more about Molly and "Girls on the Run" at girlsontherun.org.

Meet all of our Morning Express with Robin Meade "Breakthrough Women."

Do you know a Breakthrough Woman? Nominate her at iReport.com.

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September 22, 2011

Cookies for Kids' Cancer

Posted: 10:43 AM ET


Cancer is not an easy topic to discuss, Especially when kids are the patients.

When Gretchen Holt-Witt's son was diagnosed with cancer, she fought for her child's life with a spoon in one hand and a mixing bowl in the other. Gretchen is the founder of "Cookies for Kids' Cancer" and in 3 years her organization has raised over 4 million dollars to fight cancers that strike children. That's why this incredible mom is today’s “Breakthrough Woman."

For information on how YOU can join their cause, visit their website: cookiesforkidscancer.org.

Meet all of our Morning Express with Robin Meade "Breakthrough Women."

Nominate a Breakthrough Woman yourself at iReport.com.

Filed under: Breakthrough Women • Extras


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