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Finding Release: Using the Death of a Child to Help Other Women

Coping With the Death of a Child: Susan Burton Turns Tragedy Into Hope

It started with grief and has become something much more powerful. After losing her 5-year-old son in a car accident, Susan Burton became addicted to drugs to soothe her broken heart. She ended up serving six prison terms over 15 years before finally getting clean.

She has since devoted her life to helping other women in prison and those just getting out. Her organization, A New Way of Life, operates five safe houses in L.A. for hundreds of formerly incarcerated women and their children. Read about this courageous woman in her book, Becoming Ms. Burton.

Katie Ford

In a similar vein, NextTriber Katie Ford has left her decades-long career as a journalist to dedicate herself to an intervention program called Healing Trauma at the Lockhart (Texas) Correctional Facility for Women.

Through therapy, expressive arts and physical exercises, the program can reduce depression and post-traumatic stress disorder in incarcerated women. Find out more about Katie’s plan and how you can help here.

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Granny Power: These Older Activists are Taking on the World

Activism is on the rise among women, whether you look at the #metoo movement or the epic Women’s March on Washington. But since we’re all about Aging Boldly, we want to give a virtual high-five to some remarkable women who prove that our middle and later years can be our most powerful. We’re talking about Granny Power, a movement of older females organizing and actualizing change in our culture. And you don’t have to be a grandma to participate – in most cases, that word is just used to communicate that the group is for women 50 plus.

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Croatia’s Female President in the World Cup Spotlight

Go ahead and cheer for the members of the French team, who just won the World Cup, or bemoan the fact that another squad you were rooting for lost. But after that, you may find yourself wondering about the woman you saw while watching the final – the one who was cheering so enthusiastically from the stands and hugging the second-place Croatian team after the loss. She’s Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, the 50-year-old female president of Croatia.

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