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The White House Asked, You Answered: Women You Know That Break Barriers

Following the historic confirmation of Elena Kagan, White House Twitter followers and Facebook fans tell us about the women they know that are breaking barriers.

Following the historic confirmation of Elena Kagan, the White House Council on Women and Girls asked you to tell us about other path-breaking women. In collaboration with GOOD, we asked: How do the women you know continue to break barriers?

Here's what some of our Twitter and Facebook fans had to say:

Twitter user Katy Ferry

Katy Ferry My mother, Andrea Pennington, was the first female judge in Mobile County, AL.



Facebook user Kittura Dior

Kittura Dior The late Dr. C. DeLores Tucker was the first African American woman to serve as Secretary of State (under Governor Milton Shapp) of PA in the 1970s. She was also my great-aunt.


Facebook user Joanna Del Valle

Joanna Del Valle Many of the women I know continue to break barriers through continued education. They also effectively create inspiration in their surrounding communities that empowers other women as well as the younger generation of young girls, teens & young adult women.


Facebook user Sylvia Dana Atkinson

Sylvia Dana Atkinson To answer the question, Mary Kay of the top three entrepreneurs of the 20th century is my role model. Now, as a Mary Kay consultant myself...I'm surrounded by the highest paid women in America, women of excellence, women who have found a way for themselves. Just by watching all these incredible women around belief barriers are breaking down every day. You can do anything you decide to do.

Facebook user Elizabeth Volz

Elizabeth Volz When I was young, Sally Ride went into space. It felt to me as if women had finally arrived. We could choose any career we wanted.


Thanks for participating and stay connected on Facebook and Twitter  for upcoming questions.