Through My Lens

Through My Lens

5 Perspectives of Powerful and Purposeful Living Strategies

By Ms. Karen Y. Jackson, MPA, CNP


Women Taking the Lead

Women have been fighting for equal pay and equal rights for decades. Is there still a need to be concerned about equal rights for women? You do not have to look far for your answer when you look at some key numbers.
*Only 6 percent of CEOs of Fortune 500 companies are female.
*Women still earn 80 cents for every dollar a man earns.
*Appointments and political involvement also matter.

A snapshot of their status in 2017:
• On average, male cabinet appointees outnumber women cabinet appointees in the U.S. by a ratio of two to one. On average, male cabinet appointees outnumber women cabinet appointees in the U.S. by a ratio of two to one.

• On the cabinet level, women hold a net average of 31 percent of appointments in the states.

• In some states, such as Texas and New Hampshire, not a single cabinet seat is held by a woman.

• “Traditional” positions are still the rule, with women holding more than 50 percent of cabinet positions in areas such as education and human services and less than 20 percent in areas such as military affairs and corrections.

• Appointees control the cash. In an average state, cabinet leaders collectively manage $12.5 billion of the state’s budget. (SOURCE:

“She Should Run” is hoping to change this with a new initiative aiming to get 250,000 women to run for office by 2030. The organization started in 2011 and launched its new campaign July 18, 2017. She Should Run encourages women to run for public office and provides them with the needed resources.

“We believe that women of all political leanings, ethnicities, and backgrounds should have an equal opportunity to lead in elected office and that our democracy will benefit from the varied perspectives and experiences that women bring to leadership,” according to the organization’s website. “We know that when women run for office they win at the same rates as men. Since the 2016 election, more than 15,000 women have been inspired to run for office through She Should Run.”

What is Ohio doing to encourage more women participation? The United State of Women held its Galvanize event August 12-13, 2017 in hopes of providing necessary tools, resources, information, and networking opportunities to encourage more women participation in politics, business, and in their local communities. Organizers created the Galvanize Program to local communities to help tackle the challenges women similarly face throughout the nation.

“We are arming women with the tools and resources they need to keep organizing and fighting gender equality. This weekend, we want to facilitate discussions on issues impacting women’s lives in Ohio. We also want to provide training tailored to the career field you’re passionate about, and an engagement fair where you’ll have the opportunity to connect with various organizations and activist groups,” one of the Galvanize coordinators said during the opening ceremony.

Congresswoman Joyce Beatty, 3rd District of Ohio

Women in Ohio have been involved in the political process for centuries. However, participation numbers remain dismal. “In the last 50 years, only eight women have been elected to statewide office. We must do better and we will do better. Women are like tea bags, you never know what we can do until you put us in hot water,” said Congresswoman Joyce Beatty, from the 3rd District of Ohio.

Currently, there are 1830 women serving in all of the 50 state legislatures combined. This number is slightly up from 2016 when only 1805 women served. Of the 132 seats available in the Ohio legislature, only 24 percent (32 seats) are held by women.

One woman – Mrs. JoAnn Davidson – certainly made a mark in the Ohio political scene and had a stellar career in the Ohio House, serving as the first woman Speaker of the Ohio House for 5 years. Mrs. Davidson, who held a seat in the Ohio General Assembly with great distinction for 20 years, stopped by the Galvanize event to encourage and inspire women to consider a public service career. She served as one of the panelists for “Running the Future by Running for Office.”




Hear what piece of advice Ms. Davidson gave the women during the Galvanize Event…




At least 50 percent of the children in the U.S. grow up without their father. That number rises to more than 70 percent of African American children, according to Candice Crear, international best-selling author, empowerment speaker and life coach.

“It’s an epidemic. We can overcome it. That is the most important thing,”  said Crear, who shares her story of growing up without her biological father in her book “Invisible Dad.”

Instead of wallowing in self-pity, she chose to convert her pain into a greater purpose. Growing up with the absence of her biological father, Crear knows first hand the effects and life-long struggle it presents if not addressed. In her debut book, Invisible Dad, she gives readers the tangible tools needed to move forward while challenging them to confront their true story of power and strength despite their anger and rejection. Crear is committed to lead people worldwide from the road of adversity to the highway of wholeness. She will share some of her tools during an upcoming workshop, Living, Leading and Letting Go on September 23, 2017, being held at the Northwest Public Library. For more information, visit Eventbrite or

Crear shares her insights into the topic Fatherless Daughters during a recent interview. Click here to learn more about how she Embraced the Power Within to not only transform her life but the lives of others in a POWERFUL way!


In each issue, some of the awesome women who were a part of the first Embrace the Power Within Conference held in 2016 will be highlighted. This is my small way of saying thank you for challenging me with an opportunity to dream, plan and launch my life into an uncomfortable zone. These women involved in this movement are the epitome of true planners, goal-setters, and go-getters. Their features highlight the importance of what can be achieved when you put your dreams on paper and make them a reality by Embracing the Power Within. Please learn from their stories and the stories of others that you will meet as you look “Through My Lens.”


Four Focused, Fit and Fabulous women will bring their years of experience, as well as their spiritual, physical and mental gifts to inspire and encourage women on September 23, 2017, at the “Focused, Fit and Fabulous” symposium beginning at 10 a.m. on the Central State University West Dayton campus.

They will share what it takes to accomplish dreams and how to become a better you. A special male panel will share healthy relationship strategies and answer the questions women want to know. This special handpicked selection of men will answer your most desired questions from a man’s perspective.

The symposium will be packed with pointers and tips on how to become Focused with mental clarity, Fit for a queen and Fabulous within. Come and be inspired, uplifted and motivated with beauty tips from Author and Celebrity Hair Stylist of Styles On Wheelz LLC Demisha Webster; and Tonya Godsey-Lowe, author of “Breath, Believe and Bounce into It.”  Speaking Grace Owner Agaytha Corbin and Kentucky Plus USA Kimberly Cecil-Jones Relations, who is also a Certified Relationship Coach, minister, and political activist, will also join the distinguished line of speakers.

“This is a great opportunity for women to get focused on life, health, inner-beauty and relationships. Women will leave feeling motivated and encouraged to make the necessary changes for optimal success,” said Corbin, who is also a community leader with the CDCRC (Community Development Corporation Resource Consortium). Corbin is the host for the conference. To register, call 937.951.4187 or click here.



 “SUCCESS Powered by Relationships” is a book that takes the reader into the lives of 21 women who share their journeys of building powerful and meaningful networks and relationships and using their challenges and failures as launching pads for success.
Min. Daria Dillard Stone, affectionately known as “The Servant,” is one of the author’s featured in the book. She was determined to use the book to help inspire others and transform lives.
To accomplish this, Stone launched the Blessed with Success Book Tour in 2016 to help share her success story and the other stories highlighted in the “SUCCESS Powered by Relationships” book.  Min. Stone made history for hosting the first book signing at the newly-remodeled Northwest Public Library branch, located at 2410 Philadelphia Drive in 2016. Min. Stone donated two books to the library in 2016 and they are among the other books available at the public library.
Three businesses have been expanded and/or launched while other members have obtained educational degrees and began pursuing life-long dreams,” Stone said.  “This is why we are celebrating on September 23, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. We are celebrating all of our accomplishments.”
To celebrate, the Anniversary Brunch will be held at The Backhouse, 4077 Salem Ave. Dayton, OH 45416. The first 25 people who register by 5 p.m. on September 21 will have their name entered into a drawing for $100 cash! You do not want to miss this celebration Brunch. You will be able to meet the authors, AS WELL AS THE BOOK’S PUBLISHER, ELENA RAHRIG, FOUNDER AND CEO OF OTTER PUBLISHING NEW YORK.   
Come and hear Daria as she shares “HerSTORY” of persistence, faith, tenacity, and determination. Ms. Rahrig’s will join the conversation with her whimsical way of sharing her wisdom, experience and how she started her success journey! The attendee with more than 15 of the author’s signatures will win a prize! Books can be purchased at the event. The cost is $25 in advance and $35 at the door. For more information, contact 937.545.5926 or visit

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