The written memoirs produced during this project are the result of months of contemplation, writing, editing and rewriting. The women participated in deep discussions, journaling, memory exercises, life mapping, and much more, in order to solicit raw and real snapshots of their lives to be included in this publication. Lauretta, Pam, Anne, Lauren and Jennifer were willing to open up about experiences that were not very easy to share, but are important, and have contributed to who they are today: they are mothers, role models, professionals, students and now, mentors to the other women in their lives. They are so brave in allowing us to look in, sharing small parts of the moments that are fueling their determination to face the challenges that overcoming poverty brings.