The Wednesday Five: Inspiring Commencement Addresses from Women of Note


Anne-Marie Slaughter

Critically acclaimed author Anne-Marie Slaughter delivered the commencement address at UNC-Chapel Hill. Her groundbreaking 2012 article in The Atlantic, “Why Women Still Can’t Have it All,” still continues to spark conversation. She talked about the importance of self-care to career.

Care is as important as career. … Career is investing in yourself. Learning, growing, and building on the education you received here. Care is investing in others. It is learning like a gardener, or a teacher, or a coach, what to do and what not to do to enable others to grow and flourish.

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Hoda Kotb

In her address to Tulane University in New Orleans, Today Show host Hoda Kotb shared her story of rejection — 27 news directors turned her down while driving all over the country trying to find a job after her college graduation — and how to bounce back.

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  • Andrea May 25, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    These are wonderful examples of the kinds of women WVFC celebrate!