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It had been mentioned that she had a laid-back, down-to-earth personality. Still, hearing this was a bit of a surprise: "I like to play with STDs." That was the first indication that "play" is not only part of Shannon Wilson's work hard/play hard philosophy, but also a reflection of the joy she finds in work.

Ashima Saigal, founder of Database Sherpa, works in a career field where women only account for about twenty percent of the work force, according to the National Science Foundation. Saigal's choice to work in this field has compelled her to be a trailblazer, although that role was not necessarily what she signed up for in the beginning.

Jennifer Feuerstein is AARP Michigan's new associate state director, a position she earned in January 2014. At first glance, she's a professional, put-together, successful career woman, but there's much more to her story.

At a women's issues forum earlier this fall, Rep. Winnie Brinks, Democrat, 76th District, observed that women continue to be vastly underrepresented in our government.

Andrea Ykema didn't go to college to become the area director of seven local Applebee's restaurants, and she didn't set out with that career goal in mind. Like many high school and college students, she wanted a job—and restaurants provided a great opportunity.

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