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.


'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.

  • 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.

  • Past jobs lead to one that’s just “write”

    Sometimes, it takes people a while to figure out what they really want to do in life. That’s the way it was with Danielle Klahr. She had to work at a lot of jobs before finding one that worked for her.

  • Combating the military sexual assault epidemic

    Some women say they don't want to come forward because they don't think anything will be done. They say they are victimized again because when they do come forward they have to tell what happened to military commanders. What should be done?

  • She helps keep employees in the Capital Region

    With all the high tech jobs coming to the area, businesses want to make sure when they bring in employees-those employees will stay. A local women-owned company is helping make sure that happens.

  • She's in the oil business

    After years as a software salesperson to hospitals and doctors a local woman decided to look at health in a whole new way. She started selling olive oil.  Today she owns Oliva! and has stores in Clifton Park and Stuyvesant Plaza.

  • Horse trainer helps kids

    Sue Friday has loved horses since she was a little girl.   She specifically loves Morgan horses but a bigger passion is helping students with disabilities develop a love for horses. 

  • Art in the community

    A local woman is winning awards for her work as an artist and illustrator. Chances are you've seen her art around Albany.

  • 90-year-old CEO keeps Middleburgh phone company buzzing

    When it comes to phone service, you are probably familiar with Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T. However, there is an independent phone company in the area that is giving the big boys a run for their money – and it’s run by a 90-year-old CEO.