Featured Femme: Jemyra Calais, Family Nurse Practitioner

Jemyra is a native of Lafayette, Louisiana and an alumnus of Lafayette’s Northside High School.  In 2012, she graduated from Dillard University in New Orleans, earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  From there, she started her nursing career, and eventually relocated to Houston, Texas.  While there, she enrolled in graduate school at South University to pursue her goal of becoming a nurse practitioner.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I was born and raised in Breaux Bridge, LA., a small city not far from Lafayette, Louisiana.  Currently, I am 28 years old; single, with no children, and the pet mom of a cute puppy.  In 2012, I earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Dillard University (New Orleans, Louisiana).  I worked as a registered nurse for three years, before moving to Houston, Texas.  My hobbies include hanging out with friends; attending festivals; pampering myself with regular manicures and pedicures… typical girl stuff.  I am also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., however at this time; I am not active in any local chapter. Keep Reading

Featured Femme: Trilby A. Barnes-Green Nurse Extraordinaire

Trilby A. Barnes-Green is an entrepreneur and women’s health registered nurse who resides in New Orleans, Louisiana. She currently practices telephonic nurse triage at Ochsner Health System. Nursing is near and dear to her heart! She routinely participates in health related community events and maintains active membership in national health organizations. Trilby served in leadership roles throughout her 40 year nursing career. She is currently treasurer of the national and New Orleans chapter of the National Black Nurses Association and a member of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses.

Trilby with Members of the New Orleans Black Nurses Association

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I am happy to share that I am 62 years old! I’ve been married for 12 years this year. I am blessed to have a 27 year old daughter as well as a daughter and son through marriage. I have 4 sisters and 1 brother. I was adopted by my great aunt and uncle. Growing up some of my siblings and I lived in close proximity, and some in other states. We all have the same mother, we are blessed to know and love each other very much and have a strong sibling bond. I am proud to be an adopted child, my experience allowed me to help so many people personally and professionally. Keep Reading

Featured Femme: Robyn Paigé, Blossoming Humanitarian

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I am 26 years old; my life is an open book! I enjoy people and music; I also play the violin (self-taught)! I have the most amazing Yorkie, named Fancy. Above all, I really like helping and inspiring people. Helping people comes naturally to me; I like to understand people’s stories. My alma mater is Loyola University (New Orleans, Louisiana), class of 2013; I majored in mass communication with a focus in broadcast journalism, minor in music business. Moving to Los Angeles was a huge faith move for me; I moved with $750 to my name! What I did not want out of life was regret, I did not want to get caught up in a 9-5 job, then look back and think what if I had stepped out on faith and did what God had shown me. Keep Reading

Beauty on a Budget: French Manicure for less than $10

I love a good visit to the nail salon just as much as the next person! However, sometimes there just is not enough time to get to the nail salon, or it’s not in the budget. So I’m going to share how I achieve the perfect French manicure look for less than $10 from the comfort of my own home!

I found out about press-on nails in a budget savvy Facebook Group. At 1st I thought there is no way this will look anywhere near decent, but I was wrong! When done correctly these nails look quite nice. If I can do it, so can you! Keep Reading

10 Practical Tips and Tricks for Landing your Dream Job

Hello Femme a` Femme! I am Adrienne Breaux. I graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and shortly after received my certification in Human Resources Management from Tulane University. Since then, I have worked in the field of HR and I want to share with you my top 10 tips (for Women) on how to raise your chances of securing the job that you want.

Author: Adrienne Breaux
  1. Take advantage of all of opportunities to better yourself. Get education or training in your field of interest. Get experience. Keep Reading

Featured Femme: SSG. Ranelle Skipper, Airborne Soldier

Staff Sergeant Ranelle Skipper, Airborne Soldier

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My name is Ranelle Skipper I am from Carencro, Louisiana, I spent the majority of my life there until I joined the United States Army at the age of 24. My relationship with God is very important to me; I pray and meditate several times a day.  I love to travel, spend time with my family, and sorority sisters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. I am a fashionista, I love to shop, but usually with a budget.  Skating is a big hobby of mines right now!  I am also enrolled as a graduate student at Bowie State University; which is a historically black university, my concentration is Masters of Public Administration.

 What motivates you?

My upbringing motivates me, my mom was a single parent, and I saw how much she sacrificed to make sure that my siblings and I were taken care of.  My grandmother and eldest sister assisted with raising us when my mom went back to school while I was in elementary school. Seeing the sacrifices that the women in my life made for us, made me appreciate everything! I never took anything for granted because I knew how hard they worked to provide a life for us.  Spending time with family members such as my great grandparents also had a profound impact on me.  Dr. George Breaux, my great uncle was the 1st in my family to graduate from college. He was also one of the 1st black students to integrate the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL), which enticed my decision to remain at ULL and graduate.  I like to challenge myself by setting and conquering extraordinary goals.  I come from a family of great people, so I have no choice but to be great! Keep Reading

34 Things About Me!

To celebrate my 34th birthday I created a fun list of 34 things you may or may not know about me 😉

  1. My full name is Erin Elvia Breaux Williams
  2. I live in Ponchatoula, Louisiana
  3. Born in Nashville, Tennessee
  4. I am my parents 1st born child 👶🏽
  5. I have 1 brother (Zachary) and 2 sisters (Adrienne & Johnene)

    Me & My Siblings
  6. I’ve been knowing my husband for more than half of my life

    My husband & I before the Senior Prom
  7. I graduated a year early from high school
  8. The Sound of Music is my favorite movie
  9. Purple is my favorite color 💜
  10. I had my 1st son a few days after I turned 18
  11. I became a registered nurse at the age of 21 👩🏽‍⚕️
  12. Alumna of Charity School of Nursing and Louisiana State University
  13. I married my best friend when I was 22
  14. I have three sons Camron, Shawn, & Brenden

    Me & My Boys
  15. I only like to watch sports when I personally know a player
  16. Grits make me gag 🤢
  17. I am currently in graduate school for a masters degree in nursing informatics 👩🏽‍💻
  18. Both of my parents are fraternal twins
  19. I love to read historical fiction.
  20. Disney World is my favorite vacation spot.
  21. Math is my favorite subject
  22. Pecan candy is my favorite candy
  23. My favorite sports team is whatever team my boys are on
  24. My favorite childhood memory is spending time with my family in Port Arthur, TX

    Me in Port Arthur, TX with my Grandparents
  25. My 1st job was at a day care center
  26. The last book I read for fun was Lula Mae by Bianca Cuie
  27. When I was a girl I loved reading books from the American Girl series

    Grade School Erin
  28. I prefer to watch Netflix instead of regular TV
  29. The 1st book I remember reading is Jubilee by Margaret Walker, something about the cover captured me
  30. One item I can’t leave home without is my cell-phone 📱
  31. My favorite ice cream is chocolate chip cookie dough
  32. If I could give my younger self advice it would be to not worry about fitting in
  33. I would like to visit France
  34. My favorite Bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11 NIV For I know the plans I have for you , “declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future
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Featured Femme: DeLisa Alexander, Owner of Braids by Lovely DeLisa

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I’m 32 years old,  married, with  4 kids ages 5 to 15. Outside of styling hair I love to read and play with my kids! Reading is almost like an addiction for me, I could be standing in a grocery store line and I pop open my Kindle and read! I like to read various types of literature including urban fiction and self-help books.  Lately I’ve been reading books by T.D. Jakes, which help me to better understand what is going on with my life. Chenell Parker  is an author from Louisiana who writes urban fiction, she is one of my favorites. Another good read is Think & Grow Rich,  it starts slow, but it has a purpose. Keep Reading

3 Tips to Close the Gender Wage Gap

Obstacles exist for almost everything.  Unfortunately there are also obstacles for earning equal pay for equal work! Identifying the obstacles empower us to overcome them! The gender wage gap seems to be a never-ending issue.  The wage gap is caused by several issues including gender bias, racial bias and discrimination, and industry worked. When I became aware of this and the fact that it has been going on forever, I felt powerless, but I wondered how can we overcome this ginormous issue? Did you know on average a woman earns 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man? The wage gap is even worse for women of color! Upsetting right! Never the less, there are a few ways to overcome this issue.1. Research the national average on salaries for whichever job you are applying. Knowledge of this kind can help you more confidently negotiate a salary offer. 2. Go after promotions early on. Research shows that wages for women stagnate around age 30; since this is the age, most college educated women start having children. Going after promotions early on can minimize or prevent a wage gap issue later on.3. Track your accomplishments and share them with your leader, this increases your chances and percentage rate for promotions thus lessening the wage gap.

Femme Facts:

  • Wage gaps not only exist for men and women, they also exist for minority racial groups.
  • Although the wage gap exists nationwide, it is worse in some states than others.
  • According to the American Association of University Women (AAUW,) the wage gap won’t close until 2119!

For more information on the wage gap click here!

Featured Femme: Marquita “Pinky” Busby, The Exception

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I’m 33 years old, I’m a survivor of childhood cancer, heart disease, and domestic violence! I have 3 children and a step-son. My sons are 13 and 6 years old, my daughter is 11 years old. I’m a certified life coach as well as a track and field coach. I’m also in the process of planning our wedding! Other than that, I’m your regular everyday person that likes to do a lot of weird stuff! That’s what makes me interesting, but I’m really not that interesting. Keep Reading