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Elaine Houston presents a new Today's Women segment every Thursday on NewsChannel 13 Live at 5:30. You can contact Elaine at ehouston@wnyt.com.

Albany woman gives back by spotlighting crafts a world away

Albany woman gives back by spotlighting crafts a world away


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Woman helps others realize dreams of home ownership

Woman helps others realize dreams of home ownership


Capital Region woman keeps the news going

Woman takes comfort food on the road

Young chocolate shop owner following in family's footsteps

UAlbany Student Association president on mission to change race relations

The best way to change race relations in this country is to start on college campuses. That's what Jerlisa Fontaine, the new president of the Student Association at the University at Albany, believes. She's the first woman to be elected Student Association president in 17 years and the first African American woman.


Skidmore student bringing equity, inclusion and equality to forefront

Skidmore College has launched a diversity series called, "In It." It is a series of lectures and special events that are designed to enhance diversity and inclusion on campus and throughout the community.


Woman 'cooks up' unique path from corporate world to restaurant kitchen

Aneesa Waheed is never more comfortable than when she's cooking at her Troy restaurant, Tara Kitchen. The decor is colorful and the Moroccan dishes are aromatic. However, her beginnings in the kitchen growing up in India and assisting her mom were not so successful -- so she chose a career in the corporate world and headed to New York City. She soon found all that glitters was not gold.


Woman turns single jar into fledgling business

How do you work, take care of your family, but then have time to live your passion? One woman found the perfect ingredient to make it all happen.


Dessert business proving sweet for Kinderhook woman

Marjan Beebe is living the sweet life – and it all started with a challenge from her date after she tasted the apple pie he'd ordered.


Niskayuna teen 'handwrites' big success story

It’s a surprise to many how cursive writing is now considered by some people as no longer relevant. Keyboards and technology are said to blame. While Anna Williams loves to text, this teen makes it her business to remind people that one of the best ways of communicating is with a letter written with a good pen.


Couple foregoes big wedding to help build labor clinic in faraway land

Most brides go for the big wedding with lots of bridesmaids, the expensive dress, the cake, pictures and more. However, an Albany woman decided to give up all of that to help people in a faraway land. She also invited her friends to do the same.


New York State trooper encourages others to join the force

Trooper Lisa MacLauchlin is in her element when she’s meeting people and sharing why she thinks joining the New York State Police is a great job.


Fashion designer vows Capital Region return

We often hear young people say they have to leave the area in order to live their dreams. A young woman is determined, despite these challenges, to come back to her hometown.


70-year-old grandma deadlifting like a pro

She was content to just go to the gym and lift a few weights to stay in shape. That’s until she met a trainer who suggested she try lifting something heavier.


Schenectady woman shares meaningful discovery through art

A Schenectady woman is crediting art with helping her discover who she is and now she’s hoping it will do the same for others.


Woman honors grandma by sharing tea tradition

A Delmar woman is honoring her grandmother by way of a family tradition. It’s a tradition she hopes to share with more than family.


Saratoga Springs woman flying high and serving her country

A local woman literally spends much of her time with her head in the clouds, traveling to some of the far reaches of the world. Now, she’s sharing those adventures in a book aimed at inspiring little girls.


Woman's mission is helping others eat healthily

ALBANY - Sharon Lastique is smiling on the inside. It happens whenever someone orders from her café, Healthy on Lark. She says it's an opportunity for people to choose to eat clean.


GE engineer has dreams of changing the world

They are often presented as victims, as submissive, passive, oppressed women. We are talking about Muslim women. However, an area woman puts all those stereotypes to shame.


Woman transforms true passion into fulfilling reality

For many people, what they do for a living is just a job to them. However, for one local woman, the typical job wasn’t working. It took her a while, but she finally found her passion.


Guyana native living American dream

Bridget Singh Liebson moved to the United States from Guyana in 1983. After achieving her American dream, she's getting ready to finally earn her GED at age 56 and is thinking about college.


Fierce advocate always ready to tackle life’s challenges

Sometimes, the education we seek comes from many forms. For one woman, the knowledge she gained came not only from her studies, but from unforeseen circumstances as well. However, she says she’s all the better for it.


Woman’s kindhearted approach helps Watervliet students

Geraldine Ferris is a petite woman, but for the past 20 years, she’s had an extremely big heart when it comes to helping students at Watervliet Elementary School get the best education.


Debate continues over points made in Ivanka Trump's new book

Debate continues over the new book written by Ivanka Trump. It’s called, "Women Who Work." With her stature and access to the White House, some say Trump has the opportunity to help change the workplace for women, but they say her book missed the mark.


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‘Street Soldiers’ keep Albany’s homeless fed and warm

‘Street Soldiers’ keep Albany’s homeless fed and warm

Colonie UPS workers among suspects in theft investigation

Colonie UPS workers among suspects in theft investigation

Jurors to resume deliberations Monday for man charged with two murders

Jurors to resume deliberations Monday for man charged with two murders

Montgomery County man arrested for child sex crimes

Montgomery County man arrested for child sex crimes

Workers deal with four water main breaks in Albany County

Workers deal with four water main breaks in Albany County

Albany High suspension surpass 30 after large fight last week

Albany High suspension surpass 30 after large fight last week

Huge tax bill heads for passage as GOP senators fall in line

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Food pantry helping those not often thought of as needing one

Food pantry helping those not often thought of as needing one

Random kindness spreads $10 at a time

Random kindness spreads $10 at a time

Credit union donates toilet paper, paper towels for families in need

Credit union donates toilet paper, paper towels for families in need

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