March 27, 2007 The military has made considerable progress since Brig. Gen. Clara Adams-Ender joined the U.S. Army Nurse Corps in 1961. Before her retirement in 1993, the daughter of sharecroppers rose to chief of the Nurse Corps after helping train a generation of military nurses.
March 22, 2007 Mellody Hobson's Chicago childhood wasn't easy. But Hobson's mother encouraged her daughter to dream big. And she did. After graduating from Princeton University, Hobson worked her way up at Ariel Capital. Today she's president of the company and a leader in the world of business.
March 15, 2007 When she was just 29, President Jimmy Carter tapped Alexis Herman to head the Department of Labor's Women's Bureau. Serving under two presidents, she rose to Secretary of Labor, pushing major corporations to put diversity on their list of hiring priorities.
March 9, 2007 In 2002, Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin inherited a budget shortfall, a sewer system near collapse, and voters short on trust. When she cut city jobs, raised taxes, and spent millions fixing the water works, many thought it was career suicide. Until she won re-election by a landslide.