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.


86-year-old woman proves you don't have to slow down in life

Nora Quigley, 86, has lived a full life. She shows no sign of stopping. To truly understand her work ethic and values, you have to go back to when she was young. 

  • Woman's passion is to provide everything foster kids need

    A local woman loses sleep in order to help kids who have been abused. She's so passionate, because she knows what it's like to be abused.

  • Mom organizes toy drive to memorialize son's giving spirit

    Some people will tell you that Christmas is just a holiday for the kids. A local woman whose young son always gave to other kids is now continuing his legacy.

  • Organization reaching a hand out to area homeless women

    It may not be that often that you see a homeless woman on the street, but those who work with the homeless say single women and those with children are becoming the fastest growing homeless population.

  • Woman discovers surprise calling as motivational pastor

    Some people call Christina Staton the “Oprah of Albany.” Staton, who is a pastor at Empire Christian Center, has a special place in her heart for women.

  • 'Baby bump' technology takes ultrasounds to new dimensions

    Having a baby creates special moments that just the parents normally share in. However, two women are making it a friends and family celebration.

  • Woman uses career to 'power up'

    Today, we see women in many professions and careers, but back in the 1980s, it wasn’t so common to see women in top positions. One woman started back then, and now has the “power” in more ways than one.

  • Facebook, Apple cause controversy over women's fertility

    It happened a couple of weeks ago, but it still has women talking. Facebook and Apple decided to offer females a new benefit – paying the cost to freeze a woman’s eggs until she is ready to become pregnant. Who benefits the most?

  • Sara Ellis outside Dawgdom Living a dog's dream is her dream

    Sometimes in life, we do thing we are good at, but not what we love or are passionate about. One woman took a risk by saying goodbye to the daily grind, and is loving life.

  • Colonie hair stylist takes 'personal' service to next level

    Hair salons are places people go to get their hair done, but one woman is making sure she looks into her customer's eyes to see if more than their hair needs fixing.

  • Organization celebrates 85 years of helping women

    These days, there aren’t many businesses, groups or people who can boast about their longevity, but a local group can. The Zonta Club of Albany has been around for 85 years, and they’re still going strong.

  • Shopping, shipping, and accessorizing from the couch

    Two women are making MarEle Boutique Accessories in Troy the place to go for fashion and accessories with a store and with home parties. They are even giving the Home Shopping Network a run for its money.

  • Support group helps arthritis sufferers, families

    Sixty percent of people affected by arthritis are women. Officials with the Arthritis Foundation of Northeastern New York say it will take women to help bring those numbers down.

  • Ballston Spa woman's business goes to the dogs

    If you're not a dog lover, you're in the minority. People just love their dogs and spare no expense for them -- from to grooming to dressing to dog collars. It’s the latter that caught our attention -- especially the collars made by a Ballston Spa woman.

  • Flag football game to help fight Alzheimer's disease

    Cheers from the crowd, high flying catches, and bragging rights will all be on display this weekend at Skidmore College for a much anticipated football game. Proceeds will be donated to the Alzheimer's Association of Northeastern New York. When it comes to the players, there will be a big surprise for the audience.

  • Troy woman honored for fight against women's violence

    A Troy woman is in Washington D.C. being honored for her work opposing violence towards women. She’s been fundamental in making sure resources and assistance helps women of color.

  • Ebola crisis a world away hits close to home for one woman

    The number of deaths continue to climb as the world keeps a close eye on the Ebola outbreak throughout parts of Africa, but few are watching more closely than Felicia Gambles who is trying to help her family.

  • Disloyalty

    She thought she would be a teacher-but something happened to author, Shari Quinn that taught her a lesson she would never forget. Now, she's turn that challenge into a brand new book that has been out only a short time but already has a strong following.

  • Coming to the rescue of others

    Life comes at you fast - so the commercial goes - and two local women know that all too well.

  • Problems with your pooch?

    Do you have a pooch that chews up the furniture, climbs up the neighbors leg or goes after other dogs? You might be surprised that some local women think the problem may not be with the dog, but rather the owner.

  • Curveballs lead to newfound strength for Colonie woman

    How many of us have imagined our lives going one way, only to realize it’s gone in a totally different direction? It happened to a Colonie woman, but then her life took another turn. Now, she’s living her best life ever.

  • Perseverance leads to sweet smell of success

    It's the sweet smell of success now but there were lots of challenges for a local woman hoping to own a bakery.  Now, she has two bakeries and has an incredible story to tell about perseverance.

  • Sisters bond over business together

    Hotels are filling up with people arriving to take in the sights and sounds as the Saratoga Racing Season gets underway. When they aren’t placing bets, a pair of sisters hope they will want to take in a little shopping.

  • Fighting obesity -- one step at a time

    This weekend, people will be sweating to the oldies. While the dancing will certainly be fun, a local doctor is hoping it will have an impact on people long after the music stops.

  • Necessity is the mother of invention

    What would you do if you had a hair crisis?  A Clifton Park woman decided to create her own hair product.  She called it Tressmerize.

  • Young women make history and accomplish dreams

    High school graduation will have an extra meaning for two young women from Albany Leadership Charter High School. One is making history as the first female in her family to graduate high school and the other came here from a foreign land to get a better education.

  • She helps others look good

    Sarah D'Alberto loves photography and is living her dream right now.  She helps people look their best through photography.  It's a career she created after fulfilling another dream. 

  • Paintings by you

    A local woman is giving the term, "Paint the Town," a whole new meaning. She's started a business that teaches people how to paint and have a good time while doing it. It's called Saratoga Paint and Sip and business is going so well, she's opened up a second location.