Friday, October 30, 2009
Getting advice for women

Two iReporters, as well as CNN’s Campbell Brown, along 25,000 others,attended the Women’s Conference in Long Beach, California, earlier this week.


The conference’s mission was to “empower, inspire and educate” women, and the speakers there had lots of advice on how to accomplish that, as ChrisMorrow found.


Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said, “Women often sit in meetings or class and don’t say what they think, so my advice to women is to always interrupt.”


Dr. Jane Goodall offered her advice as well: “The most important thing is to be happy with who they are, and if you really want something just carry on until you get it.”


Check out ChrisMorrow’s video for more words of wisdom from Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, Sir Richard Branson, actress Sharon Lawrence, Facebook’s Randi Zuckerberg, and others.


For MelissaF, the Women’s Conference was a major step in her weight loss journey. A few weeks ago, she interviewed one of her idols, “The Biggest Loser’s” Jillian Michaels over the phone for CNN iReport, and this inspired her to look at exercise in a new way. At the conference, she got the chance to meet Michaels in person, and to thank her for getting her motivated to lose ten pounds so far. Check out MelissaF’s video of the big moment here.


We’re always on the lookout for other inspiring stories on CNN iReport, and if you have one, don’t hesitate to share it with the community.

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October 30, 2009

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October 31, 2009
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I'm a man that's been married twice and never proposed to a woman in my life, I think that makes me a "man bitch"? Well any how I attend alot of support groups and the ones I get the most out of are the ones that are mostly women. It seems to me women tend to express what's realy happening inside more honestly then do men, besides the physical womeny things I don't experience myself.

November 1, 2009
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Two of my grandchildren have been given to an ex-boyfriend of my daughters who abused her in front of them and other witnesses and the court has not, will not, listen to the argument of domestic violence, the fact that they are not married, the fact that they are Florida residents and we have run out of resources to try to get the children back after spending thousands of dollars on attorneys and travel expenses. Now, he won't even let the children talk to their mother, we can't afford to get her back to Texas to fight in court and he threatens that she will never see her children again because we have called Child Protective Services and have the children monitored on a regular basis. He tells everyone that WE are crazy and calls us names, but in reality we are just poor country people who love our children and grandchildren and the court has abused its discretion and violated her civil rights and the rights of the children without due process. I am the maternal grandmother, I have taken care of them both financially and with personal contact and my time and energy, more than he ever did, and we can't get any help from anyone in the system in either Texas or Florida. My grandchildren were only 2 and five years old when he took them, and they have been gone for over a hear now, I cry every night because I miss them so much and the last time I talked with the 5 year old (now 6) was on Christmas Eve when my daughter was able to have them at the domestic violence shelter that she left through in Midland, Tx, and he told me "Nanna, daddy won't let me talk to you, ever!" and he started crying. The two year old (now 3) only knew me and his mother when he was taken and the oldest one said he cried every night, he has told his mommy that his little brother carries a picture of her around all the time, and he is only 3 years old! This is a case of an abusive man taking his children with power and money, to retaliate against their mother for leaving him and his abuse, running away to Florida (my home state) and filing for child support. They were never legally married, but he claimed they were and filed for divorce in order to initiate the custody process. This is abuse of the highest kind, to take a mother's children and leave her and their other primary caregiver, their maternal grandmother, with no contact with them whatsoever, and no agency or organization will help us get them back. The abuse and the neglect goes back almost 7 years but has never been documented until she left Midland through the Midland Police Department in 2007. CAN'T THE UNIVERSE HEAR ME SCREAMING? CAN'T ANYONE STOP THE TEARS?

Now, my daughter has another child, by another abusive man (where do these men come from) and he is trying to get visitaition with her, after trying to push my daughter down the stairs when she was pregnant, and has succeeded with getting two hours every saturday, unsupervised, until we can get back into court an contest the judge's decision to allow him this visitation, which was initiated after they filed restraining orders against each other, she was late to court because of the baby, so the judge threw her restraining order out and honored his, and gave him temporary, unsupervised visitatio with a 6-month old little girl that he has had NO PREVIOUS CONTACT WITH. I have helped her with diapers, and rent and car insurance and other expenses and bills to the point where I am having to live with her in order for us to survive. She was working more than 40 hours a week to keep up, recenlty lost her job because of illness due to an STD she got from this man, and now we have no money for rent, utilities, diapers, gas or auto insurance and this man has not contributed one cent towards the care and rasing of this little girl. He only wanted to see her and take her after her mother filed for child support.

This is a long painful journey for us and these children. They are suffering and we are suffering because the laws allow men who have never supported their children or their mothers to have control in their lives, even after abusing them. They don't have to contribute, they don't have to support, they don't have to give care or love or shelter, or clothing or emotional stability, they just get to come into these children's lives and take them away from their mothers. How is this legal? How is it moral? How is it constitutional? It shouldn't be, and I want to change the laws that allow men to have their children if they haven't cared for and provided for their children. They CANNOT BE GOOD FATHERS just from donating sperm to a vulnerable, loving woman, and this is what's happening all over this country. In a lot of cases recently when a judge allows visitation or custody, the men are killing their children and then themselves and I don't want my grandchildren to go through any more violence or abuse.

Please help me get my grandchilren back in the custody and loving arms of their mother. Please give grandmothers back their rights to be the caretakers of children everywhere. I love my grandchildren more than life. they are the only purpose I have left in life and they have been taken away from us through a corrupt and ignorant court system. GIVE CHILDREN BACK TO THEIR MOTHERS, take them OUT OF THE SYSTEM, take them AWAY FROM ABUSIVE MEN and give them back to their mothers and grandmothers where they belong!

Only if a mother has committed some terrible act of crime against man or humanity should children not be in her care. She carried them for 9 months in her body, she fed and clothed them and loved them and nurtured them and begged for help with them and got no response.

PLEASE BE A CATALYST FOR CHILDREN EVERYWHERE TO BE BACK WITH THEIR ORIGINAL PRIMARY CAREGIVER = their mother, and give this country back it's sanity.

I miss my grandsons so much and I am so afraid for the safety of my granddaughter when she goes with her biological father who is a convicted drug trafficker, batterer and who has spent time in prison. He has multiple girlfriends, lives with his father, doesn't keep a job and pays no support for her care or well being. HOW DOES HE HAVE A RIGHT TO TAKE HER FROM HER MOTHER FOR EVEN A MINUTE OF THE DAY!!!

SOMEONE PLEASE HELP US STOP THIS TRAJEDY AND INJUSTICE THAT IS HAPPENING TO WOMEN EVERYWHERE! PLEASE GIVE ME BACK MY GRANDCHILDREN! I am as genetically connected to them as these absentee biological fathers, and I should have some rights to make sure they are safe and cared for.

PLEASE HELP US FIND A WAY TO CHANGE THE LAWS THAT WERE CREATED TO GIVE GOOD FATHERS VISITATION AND CUSTODY OF THE CHILDREN THEY HELPED RAISE. The laws are being used to take children away from their mothers by men that have never made an effort to care for them or provide for them or love them, just for spite and control and the violence that is occurring after these court decisions are costing the lives of the children and the sanity of the mothers, and the grandmothers.

THANKS FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO DOCUMENT THIS STORY, Please help us find someone, someway to change what is happening around this country. Men are killing their children, and the courts are facilitating this act.

best regards from my family, deborah,(Nanna) daughter and grandchildren, we need help, before it's too late.

November 4, 2009
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