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i’ve always had two statues in my home which pay hommage to Oshun the African goddess of fertility.  it’s not so much that i was trying to get pregnant, i just thought they looked super cool.

but after watching last week’s episode of Dr. Oz, i see that i might need to start renting Oshun out to the millions of women who are searching for strategies to help them conceive.

-did you know that a woman over 40 has only a 5% chance of having a baby naturally vs. the 50% chance for a woman in her mid 20s!

-did you know that infertility,   the inability to conceive a child after 12 months of trying, is on the rise in the U. S.

– did you know that over 10% of those trying are infertile (that’s one in 10 people!)

– did you know that fertility in women starts to decline after 30

my guess is that you, like i, had no idea.  other than the awkward conversations i’ve had with my gyn as she poses the baby question while peering over the stirrups, the issue of pregnancy timing rarely comes up.

so why aren’t we talking?

part of it might be that women just don’t know it’s a major issue.  i think it’s got a lot more to do with women’s empowerment and our rise through the education and career ranks.   waiting to have a baby until 30’s enables a woman to get a good jump on her education and career. the biological ticking clock can be the ultimate glass ceiling. i think many women choose to avoid the thought all together and hope for the best…

but hoping for the best, say the docs, is not a good idea because the stats speak for themselves.  women in their 20s are much more likely to conceive and have healthy babies than those in their 30s, 40s and beyond.  

so what can we do?  i say we need to educate teen girls and young women.   okay i admit this will be a challenge!

talking to teen girls and young women about their pregnancy plans will probably not be a politically favorable cause.  but to me it makes sense. teen girls/young women will have time on their side to figure this all out before ‘it’s too late’ so to speak.   this means having conversations with teen girls about mapping out their pregnancy timeline to match both family and career priorities.  making sure they understand the responsibilities and challenges of motherhood and as well as the importance of being emotionally and financially ready.

but when is it too early (or too late) for a women to start thinking about when she wants to have a baby?

does encouraging earlier births put women back to pre-feminist era times?

i wanna hear from you…let’s start talking

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calling all girl leaders.  this looks like a great opportunity…


Applications are now being accepted for the 2012 Executive Office of the President Summer Internship Program. The program is an excellent opportunity for college students to gain professional experience and build leadership skills.

The Office of Administration is currently seeking dedicated students to serve as student interns. This is an unpaid position, working up to 40 hours per week. The Executive Office of the President consists of The White House, Executive Residence, Office of the Vice President, Office of the United States Trade Representatives, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Office of the National Drug Control Policy, Office of Management and Budget, Office of Administration, National Security Staff, Council on Environmental Quality, and Council of Economic Advisers.

Participants in the program will be exposed to the Federal work environment and will learn about the mission of the Office of Administration and its role and responsibility to the Executive Office of the President.

Key requirements for the position includes:

*Must be a US citizen or national.

*Registered with the Selective Service, if a male born after Dec. 1, 1959.

*Must be in good academic standings.

*Subject to pre-employment and random drug tests.

*Enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a degree seeking student.

To learn more about the Administration visit for more information.

Visit USA Jobs<> for the application details.

All applications must be submitted by February 6, 2012

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  • Comments Off on Hot off The Press: Summer Program at Columbia University – Applications due Feb 14th
i advise so many college students who say they want to go to medical school but you can tell they are not quite sure.   they really like helping people, they enjoy science, their parents told them they had to, or they like watching House!   but why medicine (or any other career); they have no clue….there is no better way to determine a career path than actual experience.  
internships and summer programs that expose youth to the ins and outs of a job are where it’s at.  
so please, please, please apply to opportunities you may hear about even if the $$ is little to none.  the pay off in the long run is HUGE 
1) networking with the moguls of that field
2) looks good on your resume
3) a chance to meet new friends
4) inside scoop on the job of your dreams!!!
Check out the latest opp at Columbia University…
Ten week summer program for underrepresented  minority students to increase interest and knowledge of  public health and biomedical science careers
May 28—August 3
Eligible Participants are:
-students who have completed at least two years of college or recent college graduates
-African American/Black, Hispanic /Latino, American Indian,
Alaska Native, Asian American, Native Hawaiian and other Pacific
and/or economically disadvantaged
SPHSP offerings include:
● Public Health field experience
● seminars and lectures with public health leaders
● faculty mentoring
● visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
● stipend upon program completion
For more information  and program application please visit us at
Application deadline—February 14, 2012
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many of us ladies look at the ads in magazines or tv and wonder who really looks like that?  the reality is that only a tiny fraction of women are the size of the models that are plastered all over the media.    

Did you know:

– Twenty years ago the average fashion model weighed 8% less than the average woman. Today, she weighs 23% less.

– Ten years ago plus-size models averaged between size 12 and 18. The majority of plus-size models on agency boards are between a size 6 and 14.

– 50% of women wear a size 14 or larger, but most standard clothing outlets cater to sizes 14 or smaller.

*reprinted from PLUS Model

In the January 2012 issue of PLUS Model Magazine, plus-size model Katya Zharkova is featured in an explosive editorial about this issue.

Check it out:

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  • Comments Off on Hot Off The Press: Travel scholarships for minority female students in math- Applications due January 27th

Infinite Possibilities is a Conference for minority women in the field of math.  It is an amazing conference!  They are offering travel scholarships to female high school, college, and graduate students to attend.  Please forward to those who may be interested.


Infinite Possibilities Conference will be held at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, March 30-31, 2012 with a special short course on Mathematical applications to Biology on Thursday March 29th. 

If you know of high school, college or graduate students (African American, Latino or Native American women) that are interested in math, statistics or mathematics education, please share this email with them. We offer travel scholarships for students interested in attending that include coverage of their hotel and travel costs to Maryland.  Deadline to apply is January 27th. To register for the travel scholarship students can find more information at:

General conference information is found at:

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