Essay on Oprah Winfrey: Most Influential Woman in America

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Oprah Winfrey: Most Influential Woman in America Oprah Winfrey achieved great success in her various endeavors, growing from a news reporter in Nashville to the world-famous talk show host she is today. During the 1980s, talk shows were a crucial part of daytime television. Shows were organized based upon their content and varied greatly in subject. The popularity of talk shows led many people to enter this field, leading to a constant struggle for airtime. Oprah’s rise to fame began when she moved from her hometown in Nashville, to college in Baltimore and ultimately to Chicago, where she lives today. She appeared on an early morning television program called A.M. Chicago, which was later retitled The Oprah Winfrey Show which aired its…show more content…
Although Oprah does use a portion of her wealth to support her lavish lifestyle, a large majority of the money she earns goes directly to several organizations whose goals include improving housing conditions, providing education, sanitizing water, and several other necessities that not everyone is fortunate enough to experience. One specific foundation that Oprah is very fond of, is the Angel Network. Through this network, all donations are given directly to one of many projects, one being The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa. This project, created in 2007, provides an adequate learning environment for girls who have displayed some sort of academic talent or leadership, in the hopes of creating a strong group of female leaders (Andrews). Also, at age nine Oprah was sexually abused by a close family relatives, and became pregnant at fourteen years old. However, the baby never left the hospital and died just weeks after it was born. After struggling for years with this incredibly difficult secret, she was eventually able to confess the truth and has since inspired women all over the country. Oprah has not only contributed to multiple associations that promote the power and strength of women, but she is also a role model to young girls that have been through similar experiences and felt weak and worthless. When it was time for Oprah to go to college, she was eager to be out on her own and make her own decisions. However, her
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