Congratulations to the 2020 extraordinary Women Who Dare awardees! These exceptional women and teens truly exemplify strong, smart, and bold and provide powerful role models for girls.
Betty Reid Soskin
Park Ranger, Activist, Storyteller
At age 98, Betty Reid Soskin is America’s oldest active park ranger. She is also a long-time civil rights activist, composer, singer, entrepreneur, celebrated storyteller, and proud mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. In 2018, she was named one of Glamour Magazine’s “Women of the Year,” and in 2005, one of the nation’s “Ten Outstanding Women” by the National Women’s History Project. In 1995, she was designated a “Woman of the Year” by the California State Legislature. Betty served on the staff of the Berkeley City Council and as a field representative to two members of the California State Assembly. Betty was instrumental in the establishment of the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, California and serves as their Interpretive Park Ranger. She has become a powerful spokesperson for the invisible histories of African Americans and other people of color who fought for their country.
Unfortunately, Betty has suffered a minor stroke. To learn more about her in-home medical recovery, please click here.
CEO and Founder, Kuli Kuli
Lisa founded Kuli Kuli after serving in the Peace Corps in Niger where she discovered the nutritional power of moringa. Kuli Kuli empowers African women and small moringa farmers around the world through the sales of their sustainably-sourced moringa products. Prior to growing Kuli Kuli into a multimillion-dollar social enterprise, Lisa served as the Communications Director at Mosaic; wrote political briefings for President Obama; and served as a United Nations Environment Programme Youth Advisor. She has been featured in hundreds of news outlets; recognized as a Forbes 30 Under 30; a StartingBloc Fellow; a Wild Gift Better World Entrepreneur; a Udall Scholar; and a “dedicated humanitarian” by the Muhammad Ali Center. She was also honored as a 30 Under 30 Leader by GreenBiz and the University of California.
Judith is celebrating her 33rd year in education. She taught for 13 years and has been a school administrator in Alameda Unified for 20 years. Judith earned her BA in Radio and Television from Long Beach State, and her MS in Educational Leadership from Cal State East Bay. The common thread for Judith has been strengthening communication among stakeholders to promote creativity and opportunity through learning together. As an Educator, her focus has been to provide students with the Four C’s: Creativity, Complexity, Curiosity, and Collaboration. Judith and her staff at Maya Lin School serve this goal through arts-integration and inquiry-based instruction to develop the whole child. They work to provide students the tools necessary to navigate the world they will inherit in the not too distant future.
Senior, Alameda Science and Technology Institute (ASTI)
Zohra is a passionate leader committed to ensuring that students have a voice in their school and district. She is the Co-Director of the Alameda Initiative, a high school student-run organization that tutors elementary school students. Her leadership activities include representing ASTI on the School Board, Executive Vice President of ASTI’s PTSA, and Junior Class President. Upon receiving her diploma, she will have completed both the IGETC requirements for the University of California and California State University systems and for an Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts with an emphasis on Natural Sciences. She has achieved highest honors for academic awards in Biology, Spanish, and Debate, to name a few. Her career focus is on neuroscience and neuroplasticity but serving her community remains her highest priority.
Senior, Miramonte High School
Sophia has always been passionate about helping others. In elementary school, she published Isabella Makes a Difference: How Kids Can Help the World Too, to raise funds for struggling public schools. Three years ago, Sophia suffered a brain injury during a lacrosse game. After an arduous recovery, she turned adversity into action and became a powerful voice for equity and safety in girls’ sports. She co-founded the Brain Safety Alliance and began a grassroots campaign to mandate headgear in her Northern California league. She is also a spokesperson for Hummingbird Sports, a company that specializes in lacrosse headgear for girls. As a Peer Mentor, Public Speaking Officer, and Ambassador for the 2019 STEAM Conference through the American Association of University Women, Sophia continues to volunteer for and organize programs that empower girls.
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