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Life of a Woman

Biographical articles about prominent women.

Selwa "Lucky" Roosevelt

Ambassador Selwa "Lucky" Roosevelt was Chief of Protocol of the United States from 1982-1989, organizing over 1,000 visits of world leaders who came to the United States. She was also responsible for the Blair House restoration project, a six-year renovation of the nation's 110 room Presidential guest house.

Ilham Kallab Bisat

Ilham Kallab Bisat was born in Amsheit, a coastal town north of Beirut near Byblos. She was born in the year 1953 and had nine sisters and brothers . Her father, Rafik Abi Hanna, was a very hard working man. Her mother, Josephine Zakhia, wanted to provide the best for her children. The parents sent their daughter to the Jesuit school in Byblos and later on to the Jesuit school in Beirut. Ilham had many dreams and so she enrolled in the Lebanese University and received her diploma from the Faculty of Education.

Donna E. Shalala

This is a biography of one of the most well-known figures in the United States today. Donna Shalala holds the position of Secretary of Health and Human Services, a position she has held for the past seven years, the longest of any Secretary in U.S. history. Secretary Shalala is also a first generation Lebanese woman, born in Cleveland, Ohio and was also a Peace Corps volunteer in Iran. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from Western College for Women in 1962 and her Ph.D. from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University in 1970.


Munira Solh

Munira Solh of Broummana, Lebanon will be one of several recipients honored by the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation on August 2, 2000 in Seattle, Washington. Mrs. Solh will be one of three recipients of the Rose F.

Suha Bechara

Suha Beshara was born in 1967 in Alshayah, Beirut. She spent her childhood years between her village Deir Mimas, in Marjeyoun South Lebanon, and Alshayah.

As a child she was a courageous and smart student, but she was also known to be a trouble maker. She completed the first year of Civil Engineering at the Lebanese University, but in the following year she converted to the faculty of Applied Sciences. Beshara was an active member of the Lebanese Communist Party.