Studies show that women in academia are often relegated to lower-ranked positions while their male counterparts ascend to the top. Khadijah Miller (Norfolk State University) says finding a balance between work and home life can be stressful. So she helped form the Sistah Colleague Circle to give women encouragement, support, and a collaborative work environment. Also featured: Despite her background in psychology, Winx Lawrence (University of Virginia) was shocked at the loss of confidence her daughters experienced when they entered middle school.  She co-founded the Young Women’s Leadership Program, where college women pair with middle school girls to help them reach their potential academically, socially and emotionally.  The program, now in its 15th year, has emerged as a national model.

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