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First female fire chief in Brunswick hopes to inspire others

First female fire chief in Brunswick hopes to inspire others

Group of women helping Capital Region non-profits help others

Group of women helping Capital Region non-profits help others

School food service directors reflect on huge task to keep kids fed in trying year

Latham business adapts to changing times by switching from brick-and-mortar to online

Woman's outdoor gear line a hit during pandemic

Women find success with new hair accessory business sparked by kids

Our world hasn't gotten back to normal yet. However, that hasn't stopped women from moving forward and trying their hands at things they might not have done if this year hadn't been so challenging.

Albany, Schenectady lawyers join forces to help communities of color

Income inequality can do more than just determine where you live and what you're able to afford. It can also impact the decisions you make, and the consequences of bad decisions can last a lifetime.

Grandma achieves dream of college degree

NewsChannel 13 first introduced you to Bridget Singh-Liebson in 2017. A native of Guyana, she dreamt of coming to the United States, and her dream came true.

RPI architectural student hopes to change lives with her building designs

If you've never heard of a social architect, meet Aida Ayuk. The third-year architecture student from RPI, who lives in the DC area, believes in building and repurposing buildings to change people's lives.

Domestic violence victims share their stories to help others

October is "National Domestic Violence Awareness Month." According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, nearly 20 people per minute on average are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States.

Catholic Charities hard at work helping others during pandemic

As the Director of Disaster and Community Services for Catholic Charities, Wilhelmina Murray-Davis has witnessed what happens to people following a major disaster.

Albany business combines hula-hoop and fitness fun

Tyresha Moncrieffe has fond memories of being a kid and enjoying hula-hooping. However, it was something she thought was just child's play. Fast-forward to today, and she's back to hula-hooping. Now her hoops have weights in them, and she's loving it even more.

Woman lends a helping hand to people in tough times

When CDTA recognized people in the community who have worked hard on behalf of others, Sirena Cordova was one of the recipients of the award, and it's easy to see why.

Albany-native, 21, makes a name for herself in spa care

Nzinga Braswell was a teenager when she left Albany to move to Atlanta. Now at 21, she's an entrepreneur and teaching us all a lesson on how to live your dreams.

Non-profit with free books for kids seeks to expand community outreach

At a time when parents are worried about their kids' education because of hybrid learning, remote learning, and especially in-person learning because of the pandemic, two women continue their work of helping all kids become better readers.

Glenville woman honored for senior work credits community

Realizing some seniors were concerned about venturing out to the grocery store during the pandemic, Vicki Hillis, the Director of Human Services at Glenville Senior Center, put together a group of grocery shopping volunteers. She got 60 of them in two days.

Schenectady woman living entrepreneurship dream

Janet Tanguay has helped dozens of women accomplish their dreams of entrepreneurship for years. Then the phrase "put your money where your mouth is" started to apply to her.

Saratoga National Cemetery Honor Guard offers special service for soldiers

Kerry Lawson honored this nation by serving in the Air Force. Now she is honoring those taking their final rest by making sure they get the send-off they deserve.

Pandemic, cancer won’t hold woman back from Albany dream job

Jennifer Martin worked in the field of medicine for much of her career. However, having to be on the other side as a patient was overwhelming.

Renaissance woman proves naysayers wrong while living her dreams

Jill McManus is a renaissance woman, having accomplished many things and living her dreams. However, the things she's succeeded in she did so after being told she couldn't.

Schaghticoke woman set to open her 1st restaurant amid pandemic

A Capital Region woman will soon be opening her first restaurant in her hometown of Schaghticoke. NewsChannel 13’s Today’s Woman has been making people happy, by way of her cooking, since she was a teenager.

Albany woman's restaurant gives soul food tropical flair

A local woman is giving soul food a tropical flair. It's the perfect combination at her Albany restaurant.

Hair care line helps black women embrace natural beauty

New York in 2019 became the second state to ban discrimination based on natural hairstyles. Those laws pertain particularly to blacks who have been discriminated against in the workplace based on their hair texture and styles such as braids and cornrows.

Lansingburgh boutique owner helping women a continent away

When the pandemic hit, it wasn't just local businesses that were affected. For one business, a group of women a continent away are also feeling the pinch as our economy takes a tumble.

Skateboarding helps transform a life in Albany's South End

Growing up being called the "weird girl" was pretty common for Chantelleigh Graham.

Man pulled from Lake George after falling through ice

Man pulled from Lake George after falling through ice

Troy home heavily damaged in fire

Troy home heavily damaged in fire

McCoy reports 151 new COVID-19 cases in Albany County

McCoy reports 151 new COVID-19 cases in Albany County

Biden reverses Trump ban on transgender people in military

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin listens as President Joe Biden speaks before signing an Executive Order reversing the Trump era ban on transgender individuals serving in military, in the Oval Office of the White House, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Albany County Sheriff: Coronavirus numbers ease at county jail

Albany County Jail

Albany church helping to get older people vaccinated

Albany church helping to get older people vaccinated

Trump's sway over GOP tested as impeachment heads to Senate

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo with the White House in the background, President Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Massachusetts lifts some virus-control restrictions

Massachusetts lifts some virus-control restrictions

Glens Falls begins random testing of students, staff

Glens Falls begins random testing of students, staff

Doctors assure safety of routine cancer screenings during pandemic

Doctors assure safety of routine cancer screenings during pandemic