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Hello!  Many of you know that TWM's first event was to celebrate the Lunar New Year of 2001 - back then the date was January 24th, but in 2013 it falls this week and is particularly auspicious since it is the Year of the Snake like it was when we began!

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TWM's First Meeting January 24. 2001
Year of the Snake
Twelve years ago, the world was a very  different place. It was pre-9/11, there were still plenty of people without email or cell phones, and the majority of women's organizations were only profession, ethnic or issue specific.  We set out to encompass and embrace all that a woman could be, discovering her own identity by connecting with, learning about and being inspired by the diversity of women around her - and we produced over 100 unique events to help make that happen.

We've come a long way in terms of women's leadership, organizations that have since been created and the more mainstream understanding and hardcore research demonstrating that the empowerment of women and girls are key to making the world a better place. In other words, it's now common knowledge that when women and girls benefit, the entire planet does. It's very rewarding to know that we were a grass-roots part of that effort!

As we continue to transition into our puberty, we hope that you stay connected with TWM through our TWM eNewsletters, TWM Flashbacks both here and in future emails, and especially Twitter and Facebook, which is the best way to get updates on our CHICKS ROCK! posts and any other information, articles, and events we want to share with you.  If you're new to TWM, there are plenty of links in this newsletter to catch up on what we've been up to thus far.

And last, but certainly not least, if you've been on this journey with us especially as a TWM Member or donor- THANK YOU!  We wouldn't be here without you!
In unity and with gratitude,


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Kristina Leonardi
Founder, The Women's Mosaic®
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 My Life as a Female Soldier in Iraq

TWM Life as a Female Soldier 
In honor of the 5th Anniversary of the War in Iraq, TWM organized a panel of women in all branches of the armed services who had served abroad for an intimate look at the military culture from a female perspective, exploring the issues that these women have had to deal with abroad, and how they have been able to integrate and re-adjust back to their life at home.

Girls, God & Goddesses: Women's Relationship to Religion and Spirituality  
TWM's Girls God & Goddesses - Sikhism
TWM's Girls God & Goddesses - Sikhism
In May 2006, TWM gathered panelists of different faiths to talk about how their religion impacts their identity and everyday lives. Here is a snippet of our Sikh panelist, Manbeena Kaur.

For an extended clip, including our Muslim panelist Moushumi Khan click here.

For an article about this event please read the second edition of our INSPIRER Newsletter.

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Did you travel recently? Have you switched careers or in transition? Are you recently married or divorced? Is there a personal story you've been wanting to share?

All of these (and more) are great starting points for a guest post on
CHICKS ROCK!  Writing your story can be empowering for the writer, and it also gives readers a chance to realize that they're not alone. Our stories can connect us when we need it most -- wouldn't you love to be part of that connection? So take a look at our guest blogger guidelines and the range of posts our guest bloggers have contributed in the past. Then send us an email with your story.  

 The Women's Mosaic launched CHICKS ROCK!, our blog to provide women a vehicle to express themselves on topics related to diversity and personal growth!
Learn more about us, and check out our posts on travel, stereotypes, personal growth, careers and much, much more!  Be sure to visit, read, write, comment and spread the word! 

A big THANK YOU to everyone who has donated, joined or renewed as a member since our last  TWM eNewsletter  

Stephanie Cone, Kerry Cunniffe, Marissa Marino, Sharon Joseph-Spence,  Juanita Leonardi,  Katrin Mueller, Mary Nemeth, National Advertising & Printing,  Sunil Panikkath, Lynda Prono 

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WANTED: Your Story
TWM Thank You's
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The Women's Mosaic® is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that educates, inspires and motivates women to express their full potential in all areas of life by providing opportunities to connect to themselves, each other and the world around them.  Since January 2001, TWM has offered over 100 unique activities and events that have enabled women to reach across borders and cultures, allowing them to recognize, refine and reactivate their individual and collective power and place in the world. In September 2008, we launched CHICKS ROCK!, a blog that provides a vehicle for women to share their experiences related to diversity and personal growth.

For more information please visit or www.chicksrockblog.comor contact us at: or 917-816-0834