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    In honor of Women’s History Month, the Center of Public Service is paying tribute by highlighting women who are leading the way in public service or leaving their mark in history and public service. Below you will find spotlights on organizations honoring women of our past and present and women who are making a difference across the world. Faculty articles also touch on issues faced by women today.

  • Misty LaCour

    5 Tips for Women Entering the Education Field: Lessons Learned From the Front Lines of Education

    I am a full-time faculty member in the School of Education at Kaplan University and have been an educator for over 15 years. During this time, I have taught in variety of settings, from elementary classrooms to university Teacher Education programs.

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    Elizabeth Donnellan

    Saluting Bravery: Women Who Changed the Face of Public Service

    By Elizabeth Donnellan, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Faculty


    Faculty member Elizabeth Donnellan looks at female leaders who discovered their passion for helping others despite suffering personal tragedy.

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    Tracy Gaderrama

    Faculty Spotlight: Tracy Gaderrama

    “When I was a senior in high school, I remember my parents accompanying me to the local police department. I recall being told, in not so many words, that it was very difficult for woman to get hired. Luckily, that didn’t stop me!”

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    Jane G. McElligott

    Blog: Pink is the New Tax

    By Jane G. McElligott, Faculty, Legal Studies Program


    The “Pink Tax” refers to the “tax” or surcharge (“her-charge”) women pay for goods and services that are identical to those for men. Faculty member Jane G. McElligot discusses how important it is for women to vigilant when shopping at a retail store and notice the difference in pricing between women’s and men’s products.

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    Kelly Condie

    Alumni Spotlight: Kelly Condie Paved Her Path to Leadership Through Dedication to Her Career and Studies

    Meet early childhood development graduate Kelly Condie and how she applied her Kaplan University education to her career as the director of a nonprofit childcare center.

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    Environmental Women of the World

    Celebrating women who have devoted their lives to promoting global environmental policy and health.

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    Karla Drenner

    Faculty Spotlight: Professor Karla Drenner, Phd

    Professor Karla Drenner is a modern-day renaissance woman. Read her faculty spotlight and learn about her work in public service, including serving as a Georgia State Representative for 14 years.

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    Romona Atkins

    Guest Blog: Ramona Atkins

    Faculty member Ramona Atkins blogs about President Obama’s Equal Pay for Equal Work and the Paycheck Fairness Act and touches on the need to improve equal pay.

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    Jane McElligott

    From Cliff Hurl to Sochi: Advances in Equality for Women in Sports

    By Jane McElligott, JD, MSCJ, Professor, Legal Studies Faculty Member 


    Professor Jane McElligott, JD, MSCJ discusses advances in equality for women in sports and some of the impacts of Title IX Education Amendments of 1972.

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    Government Spotlight: A Woman’s Guide to Green Jobs

    Learn about green jobs and a guide commissioned by the Women’s Bureau to raise awareness about green job opportunities for women.

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    Non-Profit Spotlight: The National Women’s History Museum

    Learn about the National Women’s History Museum and their work to raise awareness about the contributions women have made throughout history.

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    Melissa Bowermaster

    Human Services Graduate Melissa Bowermaster Helping Abused Children

    Learn more about the positive impact of Bachelor of Science in Human Services graduate Melissa Bowermaster is making working with abused children.  Click here to learn more.

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    Women's History Month

    Women’s History Month began as a national celebration back in 1981 by an act of congress that requested then President Reagan to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” 

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    Women in Public Service Project

    The Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) is a global initiative dedicated to advancing women to positions of influence in governments and civic organizations worldwide.

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    Online Spotlight: Difference Makers Making a Difference

    MAKERS.com is a online platform featuring hundreds of compelling stories from women of today and tomorrow. To view one of the largest collection of women’s stories click here.

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    Condoa Parrent: Turning Obstacles into Accomplishments

    Condoa Parrent , adjunct faculty member for the School of Education, shares her story about overcoming obstacles and reaching for your goals. Read more about  her accomplishments here:

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    Six Tips for Women

    Six Tips for Women Who Want to Enter Public Service

    Professor and Georgia state representative Karla Drenner shares six tips for women who want to enter public service.

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