A Message From The Creator

“Everything that happens to you is a reflection of what you believe about yourself. We cannot outperform our level of self-esteem. We cannot draw to ourselves more than we think we are worth.” 

Iyanla Vanzant

Inspirational Woman Of The Day

Barbara Walters

Barbara Walters

Barbara Walters began her career as a receptionist in an ad agency, then became a newswriter for a series of local stations, eventually working as a gopher and occasional writer for CBS News. She worked as an assistant to the producer at New York’s WRCA-TV, and as a publicist for long-time talk show host and Republican activist Tex McCrary, before joining Today as a researcher and writer in 1961.

After a few months with Today she was promoted to an on-camera position as a reporter, but assigned to cover only the fluffiest of topics. At her own urging she was gradually allowed to report on more serious topics, and by the mid-1960s she seemed to be the show’s co-host alongside Hugh Downs — a position that had previously been held only by men and a chimp named J Fred Muggs. But despite sitting across from Downs and subsequent host Frank McGee, Today maintained an informal rule that Walters was not to ask questions of the show’s ‘serious’ guests — economists, philosophers, politicians — until her male co-host had finished asking his questions, and she was not actually billed as co-host of The Today Show until 1974.

In 1976 she left NBC to co-anchor The ABC Evening News with Harry Reasoner, becoming the first female to anchor a network newscast. The media coverage of this “women’s liberation newscaster” was intense, and Reasoner was chilly on camera and ice cold backstage. The ratings were disastrous, and soon she was gone. ABC, though, had Walters under contract, and to get their money’s worth they offered a series of prime timeBarbara Walters Specials, with Walters interviewing celebrities and newsmakers. And this became Walters’ legacy — her uncanny knack for extracting sometimes chatty, often revealing, occasionally embarrassing comments from the rich and powerful.

Over three decades, Walters’ specials ranged from the sublime — she had the first joint interview with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin — to the absurd — she leaned forward to askKatharine Hepburn what kind of tree she would choose to be, and asked Monica Lewinsky how she would tell her as-yet un-conceived children about her services to Bill Clinton. Walters was also co-host of 20/20, again opposite Downs, from 1984-99, and after his retirement she hosted the program either solo or with other sidekicks from 1999-2004. She created the girls’ gabfest The View in 1997, and has been among the program’s hosts ever since.

Her father, Lou Walters, was a vaudeville booking agent who produced Broadway’s Ziegfeld Follies of 1943starring Milton Berle. He owned the Latin Quarter, a small chain of prestigious night clubs in Boston, New York, and Miami Beach. In its 1940s and ’50s heyday, entertainment at the Latin Quarter included high-kicking chorus girls and big-ticket acts from Jack Benny to Tony Bennett. New York’s Latin Quarter is now an Olive Garden restaurant.

Women In The News

FILE - In this April 18, 2012 file photo, Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif. is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington. House Republicans determined to show women voters that they have their interests at heart on Wednesday announced plans to renew the Violence Against Women Act, the federal government's main domestic violence program. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Deal on Senate vote on violence against women bill

By LAURIE KELLMAN | Associated Press – Thu, Apr 26, 2012

Washington (AP) — Senate leaders on Thursday overcame the gender politics that had roiled debate over the government’s main domestic violence program and agreed to a vote on renewing it before heading home for a week’s vacation.

The Violence Against Women Act, approved and renewed unanimously in the past, had for weeks been the subject of haggling between the parties. Democrats accused Republicans of standing in the way engaging in a “war against women.” That phrase is part of the Democrats’ effort to protect their edge among women voters in this presidential and congressional election year.

Republicans denied they tried to block the renewal. They said they wanted to lower the cap for visas of abused immigrants, remove mentions of protecting gays, lesbians and transgender people, and change provisions protecting Native American women.

GOP lawmakers complained the changes were designed to distract voters from issues Democrats would rather not discuss, such as rising gas prices and the struggling economy.

“We face an abundance of hard choices,” said Arizona Sen. John McCain, the GOP’s 2008 presidential nominee and a leading supporter of Republican hopeful Mitt Romney this year. “Divisive slogans and declaring of phony wars are intended to avoid those hard choices and to escape paying a political price for doing so.”

The law, enacted in 1994, has a history of bipartisan backing and generally has escaped controversy until now.

President Barack Obama and his Democrats, eager to protect their wide lead among female voters, have tried to portray Republican stands on social policies from Medicaid to contraception as evidence of a GOP “war against women.” Women have accounted for the majority of voters inpresidential election years and they provided Obama’s margin of victory in 2008.

Romney and other Republicans are betting that men as well as women will have the economy on their mind in November and say the Democratic changes pushed for the law’s renewal are unnecessary.

Under the deal announced by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., the Senate planned votes on two Republican alternatives and one Democratic proposal; each was expected to fail.

The Democratic bill was then expected to pass by unanimous consent.

The Senate is out of session next week.

The main Republican alternative, sponsored by Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, would alter several Democratic provisions by:

—capping visas available to legal and illegal immigrants who suffer abuse at 10,000 a year, compared with 15,000 in the Democratic bill.

—striking specific references to protecting gays, lesbians and transgender people.

—permitting tribal authorities to go to federal court for protective orders on behalf of abused American Indian women. The Democratic bill would expand the power of tribal officials to handle cases of abuse of Indian women by non-Indians.

House Republicans are drafting a bill would be close to the Grassley-Hutchison approach.

Local Inspiration

Michelle Asha Cooper


Michelle Asha Cooper

by The Diverse Staff , March 31, 2012

As president of the Washington, D.C.-based Institute for HigherEducation Policy (IHEP), one of the nation’s premier education research and policy centers, Dr. Michelle Asha Cooper has a vision. Since taking the helm of IHEP in 2008, Cooper’s been out front influencing national education policy. The dynamic education leader, who also madeDiverse’s “25 To Watch” list in 2009, has Washington insiders tuned into the issues that impact college access, minority students, and success in postsecondary education. Cooper earned a bachelor’s degree from the College of Charleston, a master’s in professional studies from Cornell University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park

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