Young Inspiration: Teen Girls Fight For First Female Moderator For 2012 Presidential Debates

Young Inspiration: Teen Girls Fight For First Female Moderator For 2012 Presidential Debates

Women’s Health: Health Care Costs Cause Women To Skip Out On Care: HuffPost Readers Respond

Women’s Health: Health Care Costs Cause Women To Skip Out On Care: HuffPost Readers Respond

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Women’s News: My company fires pregnant women: Is it legal?

Women’s News: My company fires pregnant women: Is it legal?

Inspirational Woman Of The Day: Linda Alvarado

Inspirational Woman Of The Day: Linda Alvarado

Inspirational Woman Of The Day: Linda Alvarado

First Hispanic Owner of MLB Franchise

Linda Alvarado is President and Chief Executive Officer of Alvarado Construction, Inc., a commercial general contractor, construction manager, development, design/build, and property management firm. Based in Denver, the company has offices in several states and has successfully developed and constructed projects across America and internationally. Alvarado has 30 years’ experience in commercial development, government and institutional general contracting, construction management, design/build, and program management contracts.

She began business as a concrete contractor and was also the principal of a construction management firm that provided the full range of development and program management and construction management services from project concept through budget models, design, cost estimates, scheduling, construction phase, and project closeout.

In keeping with breaking non-traditional roles, Alvarado made history as the first Hispanic (male or female) owner of a Major League Baseball Franchise. As an owner of the Colorado Rockies, her role is also significant as it marked the first time that any woman was involved in a bid for ownership of a Major League Baseball team.

She has been the focus of many articles in newspapers, books, business publications, educational curriculums, and civics texts, has graced the cover of several national magazines, and has been featured in numerous media broadcast productions. Alvarado has set high standards as a successful business owner and her accomplishments have opened doors for women and minorities to enter new careers.

She has served on the Board of Trustees of The Rose Community Foundation, Qwest Communications Foundation, and Taco Bell Foundation and is a founding member of The Colorado Latino Community Foundation. Alvarado is a corporate director of 3M and Pitney Bowes, and previously served on the board of directors of Pepsi Bottling Group, Lennox International, Qwest Communications, and United Banks of Colorado.

Her leadership in business, civic, and charitable organizations has earned her numerous awards for achievement. She has been a Commissioner of the White House Initiative for Hispanic Excellence in Education.
Alvarado is the recipient of numerous awards. She was voted by viewers as the “Most Inspiring American Latino” for the 2009 American Latino Television Awards. She has been named by Hispanic Business Magazine and Latino Leaders Magazine as one of the “100 Most Influential Hispanics in America.” In 2003 Alvarado was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame and is a recipient of the Horatio Alger Award. Alvarado was honored along with US Attorney General, Janet Reno, and Maya Angelou as a recipient of the prestigious Sara Lee Corporation Frontrunner Award for exemplary achievement and leadership. Her success in business and active community involvement led to her recognition as a trailblazer in her field.

Alvarado has also been honored twice as the recipient of The United States Hispanic Chambers of Commerce Businesswoman of the Year in 1986 and 1996, The Revlon Business Woman of the Year, The National Minority Supplier Development Council Leadership Award, The National Society of Hispanic MBA’s “Brillante Award,” the Martin Luther King Social Responsibility Award by the Colorado MLK Commission, and the National Association of Minority Engineers “Visionary Award.”

A nationally recognized speaker and advocate for business issues, Alvarado has given numerous keynote presentations for corporations, institutions of higher education, and national conferences, as well as in public schools, motivating young people to excel and achieve their dreams.

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The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be – Marcel Pagnol

Women’s Health: Health Care Costs Cause Women To Skip Out On Care: HuffPost Readers Respond

Khadeeja Safdar

Melissa Frykman-Thieme, 55, provided patients with medical services for 35 years as a registered nurse, but now can’t afford her own care.

Her life changed when she suffered a heart attack at the age of 50. Fourteen visits to the hospital, two near-death experiences and a colossal pile of medical bills later, Frykman-Thieme, a resident of Vashon Island in Washington, finds herself out of work collecting disability benefits and skimping on necessary health care to save money.

Frykman-Thieme’s story is not unique. Many Americans, particularly women, skip trips to the doctor or don’t take medicine because of financial constraints. A Huffington Post story published earlier this month reported that 43 percent of American women aged 19 to 43 go without necessary care due to costs. Among advanced countries, America has the highest percentage of women who hold off on receiving health care for money-related reasons.

A flood of Huffington Post readers — insured and uninsured alike — responded, sharing their stories of skipping care because of cost-related issues.

“I have come to a point where I can’t afford many of the co-pays that my medicare advantage plan requires, so [I] often go without some doctor visits and dental care that I really need,” Frykman-Thieme wrote in an email.

For years, Deanna Busdieker, 45, from Cascade Locks, Ore., went without treatment for her ongoing mental health issues, which she attributed to a female hormonal imbalance called polycystic ovary syndrome. It wasn’t until she was on the verge of committing suicide that she was granted disability benefits and finally able to receive much needed medical attention, Busdieker wrote in an email.

Currently working as a database specialist for a local school district, Busdieker’s employer-provided health coverage still leaves her struggling with co-pays she can’t afford, according to an email she sent to the Huffington Post. But she heavily depends on the coverage she does get. “I dread my job ever coming to an end because I NEED health care now,” she wrote.

The financial burden of falling ill has become a fear for many American women. A recent study by the Commonwealth Fund found that nearly half of women in United States are afraid of getting sick because of money-related issues, as compared to only 9 percent of women in the United Kingdom.

For even those women with health coverage, differences in the medical needs of men and women have put women at a disadvantage when it comes to paying for health care. Kaiser Health News found that American women pay about $1 billion more in health insurance premiums than men every year — a phenomenon that is slated to end soon. Starting 2014 as part of the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies will no longer be allowed to charge women higher premiums than men.

Among the insured unable to receive necessary care is Tracy Vardy, 40, from Wichita Falls, Texas. She was diagnosed with a congenital benign tumor when she was in high school and experiences seizures and migraines from epilepsy, but hasn’t had an MRI in years, according to her email.

Without enough money for doctor’s visits, she can’t get a prescription for the medication she needs to keep her seizures under control, she wrote.

“My health has deteriorated to the point that I will never be able to work, and that is at least as much from going without treatment as it is from my original medical problems.”

Young Inspiration: Teen Girls Fight For First Female Moderator For 2012 Presidential Debates

As living proof that teenage girls can and do change the world, three young women have launched a major online petition for a woman moderator for the 2012 presidential debates. Nearly 120,000 signatures later, the girls are in Washington, D.C. today to hand-deliver their petition to the Commission on Presidential Debates and the Democratic and Republican National Committees.

Three high school students from Monclair, New Jersey — Emma Axelrod, Elena Tsemberis and Sammi Siegel —recently launched a petition to promote gender equality in the upcoming election. The petition now has garnered over 118,000 signatures out of 150,000, and the girls have launched a separate petition urging theObama and Romney campaigns to support their call for a woman presidential debate moderator. This petition has received 55,000 out of a targeted 75,000 votes. A similar petition on calling for a woman moderator has garnered another 50,000 signatures.

“Women and men will never be truly equal in our country until they’re one and the same in positions of power and both visible in politics,” the girls write on the petition page. “There is no reason why a woman shouldn’t have a chance to show what she’s capable of by moderating debates in the upcoming election.”

It has been 20 years since a woman last moderated a general presidential debate — the last time was in 1992 when Carole Simpson of ABC News led the discussion. The girls explained that they were “shocked” to find out that only men had moderated the debates for the past two decades.

“It’s important for teenage girls to see women with political power,” Elena Tsemberis told “The more we only see men in positions of authority, the more girls teach themselves to believe we’re not as worthy or important or capable as men.”

Janet Brown, executive director of the Commission on Presidential Debates, told CBS News that she is not sure if she’ll meet with the students today, but that they are guaranteed a meeting with a staff member.

Do you support the girls’ petition? Is it important for young women to see examples of female leaders in politics? Tell us in the comments below or tweet @HuffPostTeen!

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