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Welcome to Women's History Month

Women’s History Month 2022 in the United States began on Tuesday, March 1 and ends on Thursday, March 31. Join us in by celebrating the contributions of the deaf women trailblazers and rising stars in various industries. #DeafHistoryMonth #WomensHistoryMonth2022 #DeafWomen #HerStory 

Check out the hashtag #GLADCelebratingDeafWomen to read more! 

Deaf Women Part 1 of 10

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Image 1: Deaf Women in Education.
(Image of Janette Durán-Aguirre, a brown skinned Mexican with curly hair smiling in a black hat with a black and white background.)
President of California Educators of the Deaf (Cal-ED), Janette is also school counselor at Marlton School, the only day school for the Deaf in Los Angeles.

Image 2: Deaf Women in the Arts.
(Image of Briana Johnson, a Black woman making ILY sign with one hand and wearing a brown velvet matching top and pants.)
An Entrepreneur, Founder of Signdance ATL, Advocate, Choreographer, Rap Artist, Briana often teaches dance classes to deaf communities.

Image 3: Deaf Women in Science, Technology, Engineering & Science (STEM).
(Image of Johanna Lucht, a German woman smiling light gray/pink space background)
First Deaf engineer to carry out an active role in a NASA control center during a crewed research flight, Johanna is a RD Avionic Systems Engineer at NASA.

Deaf Women Part 2 of 10

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Image 1: Deaf Women in Non-Profit.(Image of Belinda McCleese, a Black deaf woman with light skin and purple glasses, smiling with a tree in background.)

A licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Belinda works as the Deaf Services Coordinator at Orange County Health Care Agency.

Image 2: Deaf Women in Social Justice. (Image of Haben Girma, an Eritrean American woman with long black hair in a ponytail, hands on a Braille keyboard device. She is wearing a navy blue sleeveless shirt with dark red background.)

The first DeafBlind person to graduate from Harvard Law School, Haben is a human rights lawyer advancing disability justice and has written a memoir.

Image 3: Deaf Women in Entertainment. (Image of Julianna Fjeld, an older black-and-white image, where Julianna has curly hair and is looking at the camera.)

Actress and producer, known for producing ‘Love Is Never Silent’ and acting in ‘Goldengirl’ and ‘Dallas’. Julianna was also co-artistic director of the National Theatre of the Deaf.”

Deaf Women Part 3 of 10

Three posts with same background but different people and categories featured. Background: purple-pink-blue gradient background. GLAD, OCDEAF, CODIE, TCGLAD, and BGLAD logos on top right. On top right, “Deaf Women in (category)”. Circular shape with image inside and name tag and brief description. Image 1: Deaf Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM) (Image of Alicia Wooten & Barbara Spiecker, smiling in front of a multi-colored dotted background. Alicia, an Asian woman, has a blue shirt and medium brown hair. Barbara, a white woman, has a black shirt and long red hair.) Co-founded Atomic Hands to increase ASL accessibility to STEM concepts. Alicia and Barbara also foster opportunities among current and future Deaf STEMists. Image 2:Deaf Women in Entertainment (Image of Lauren Ridloff, a Black Latina woman, with long box braids and a sleeveless white dress.) A Deaf actor known for her roles in the TV series ‘The Walking Dead’ and the Marvel film ‘Eternals’. Lauren has also performed on Broadway in ‘Children of a Lesser God’. ” Image 3: Deaf Women in Small Business (Image of Melissa ‘echo’ Greenlee, a white woman with blonde hair smiling in a coral shirt and tree in the background.) ⁣ Entrepreneur & Fighter for Change Founder of Deaf Friendly Consulting and Deaf Friendly Reviews website.

Deaf Women Part 4 of 10

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Image 1: Deaf Women in Entertainment
(Image of Jade Bryan, a Black Deaf woman wearing a green cap and leather jacket, with her hand across her shoulder.)

The first Black Deaf Woman to direct a documentary and TV series in the U.S. Jade is a Filmmaker, Writer, and Advocate for film & TV representation of Deaf communities of color. Jade is also the #DeafTalent Founder.

Image 2: Deaf Women in Non-Profit
(Image of Elsie Stecker, a black-and-white image of a white woman with long curly hair, in front of a brick background.)

The founder of ASLized, Elsie is also a Certified Deaf Interpreter with a focus on legal interpreting. She interprets for the White House Press.

Image 3: Deaf Women in Education
(Image of Ida Hampton, an old black-and-white one. Ida, a Black woman, has short curly hair and is smiling with cat-eye shaped eyeglasses.)

First Black Deaf Woman to graduate from Gallaudet with a Bachelor’s in Education in 1957, Ida was also part of the Multi-Handicapped Department in Florida and supported children with disabilities.

Deaf Women Part 5 of 10

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Image 1: Deaf Women in the Arts
(Image of Youmee Lee, a Asian woman wearing black shirt with light spots, smiling directly to the camera with blurred background.)

Deaf Korean American Woman. Artist, Animator and Filmmaker. Youmee is one of the first members of Deaf Artist Residency Program at Anderson Center, Tower View, and she’s pursuing a MFA in Film and Animation.

Image 2: Deaf Women in Spirituality & Religion. (Image of Kori Bella, a Brown woman with long black wavy hair and a coral colored shirt in front of a brick background.)

A Spiritual Intuitive Life Coach, and Spiritual Counsellor, Kori makes spirituality and mysticism as approachable and understandable as possible for the modern world through British Sign Language (BSL).

Image 3: Deaf Women in Government
(Image of Brianne Burger, a white woman with shoulder-length curly brown hair, wearing a red blazer with black shirt underneath in front of a gray background.)

Director of Special Education/Rehabilitation Services at U.S. Department of Education, Brianne is also the Advanced Learning Director at Deaf in Government (DIG).

Deaf Women Part 6 of 10

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Image 1: Deaf Women in Government
(Image of Claudia L. Gordon, a young Black woman with short hair wearing a suit and a light blue background.)

First Black Deaf attorney to work at the White House in a prestigious position as the Public Engagement Advisor to the Disability Community.

Image 2: Deaf Women in Non-Profit
(Image of Dr. Patricia Hughes, a black-and-white image of a white woman with short hair and a black shirt, smiling.)

CEO of GLAD, Deaf Advocate and Consultant. First deaf person to get PhD degree from Union Institute and MPA degree from Seattle University.

Image 3: Deaf Women in Entertainment
(Image of Melissa Elmira Yingst, a brown skinned Latina wearing red lipstick and black shirt, pointing to the camera with a rainbow glittery background.)

Deaf Latinx Woman. Entrepreneur, Educator and Social Media Influencer. Melissa is also the founder and host of her talk show, ‘Melmira’.

Deaf Women Part 7 of 10

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Image 1: Deaf Women in Education
(Image of Dr. Laurene Simms wearing gray thin jacket and black shirt, wearing black framed eyeglasses, smiling at the camera.)
 
A Black Deaf American educator and co-founder of Deaf Women of Color, Laurene is the Chief Bilingual Officer at Gallaudet University.
 
Image 2: Deaf Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)
(image of Julia Velasquez in a black shirt with yellow NASA logo, smiling and making the ILY sign with both hands)
 
For the first time in history, a Deaf woman is a strong candidate to become an astronaut. Julia has passed the first challenges and their determination is admirable.
 
Image 3: Deaf Women in Spirituality & Religion
(Image of Venesse Guy, a non-binary biracial person with brown eyes and short curly hair, is wearing light brown and thin eyeglasses and buttoned light blue shirt. They are signing “astrology” while smiling and looking at the camera.)
 
As astrologer and business owner of Astro Woke LLC, their mission is to increase accessibility to astrology realm through sign language for the Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing (DDBHH) communities.

Deaf Women Part 8 of 10

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Image 1: Deaf Women in Non-Profit
(Image of Lee Ann Tang & Nozomi Tomita with an indigo background. Lee Ann is a light-skinned Asian American woman with black short hair and a black shirt as she smiles at the camera. Nozomi is a Japanese woman with black hair. She wears a purple top and dangled earrings, looking at the camera and smiling with dimples on her cheeks.)
 
Co-Founders of Asian Signers, to promote diverse Asian representation with a commitment to Asian culture, literature and education in ASL.
 
Image 2: Deaf Women in the Arts
(Image of Christine Sun Kim, an Asian woman with brown-blue gradient short hair and bangs, wearing glasses and looking straight at the camera with a small smile.)
 
Through drawing, performance, and video, Christine considers how sound operates in society. Musical notation, written language, ASL, and the body are all recurring elements in her work.
 
Image 3: Deaf Women in Education
(Image of Lauren Maucere, a white woman with a gray blazer smiling. Lauren is sitting at a desk, hands on a keyboard.)
 
Currently the Assistant Principal at Marlton School, Lauren also was a program specialist for ASL-English bilingual Deaf Education within the Los Angeles school district.

Deaf Women Part 9 of 10

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Image 1: Deaf Women in Social Justice
(Image of Asteria Summers, an Afro-Cherokee Trans Woman who happens to be Deaf. Asteria is sitting on a bench outside, in long light blue hair and a pastel purple blazer dress, her head resting on one of her hands as she smiles softly.)
 
Asteria is a Social Justice Educator and Presenter. She uses her social media platforms and a video channel to discuss intersectional experiences.
 
Image 2: Deaf Women in Small Business
(Image of Desjunae Ross, a Black woman with long braids and gray shirt holding a large mason jar filled with her homemade syrup.)
 
Full moon brewin’ California born & raised Deaf Louisiana Creole mama who wants to heal the world with syrup… one sip a day through her business, The Deaf Flower.
 
Image 3: Deaf Women in Spirituality & Religion
(Image of Rebecca Dubowe, a white Jewish woman with light brown wavy hair, smiling at the camera with a dark gray background.)
 
The first deaf woman to be ordained as a rabbi in the U.S., Rebecca is also on the board of Women’s Rabbinic Network, the U.S. organization for Reform rabbi women.
 

Deaf Women Part 10 of 10

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Image 1: Deaf Women in Social Justice
(Image of Sarah A. Young Bear-Brown, a brown female with long brown hair and long beaded earrings with a black and white shirt.)
 
The first Deaf Native American to be Vice Chair of the Native American Caucus in Iowa Democratic Party, Sarah is also an artist and activist.
 
Image 2: Deaf Women in Education
(Image of Akilah English, a Black woman wearing an orange cheetah jacket over black shirt and is wearing eyeglasses.)
 
Working as a Deaf and hard of hearing specialist in D.C. public schools, Akilah is also a PhD student studying Anti-Blackness in Deaf Education.
 
Image 3: Deaf Women in Non-Profit
(Image of Blanche Wikins Williams, an old black-and-white one, of a woman looking to the side with short curly hair.)
 
First Black Deaf Person to serve on the Executive Committee of the National Association of the Deaf in 1899.
 

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