A Sketch of a Hero

Pinned to the door of the sculpture studio in Western Kentucky University’s Fine Arts Center, a wide horizontal flier depicting a cloud of muscled, mostly female superheroes gazing triumphantly into the sky flaps its corners…

Kentucky’s last abortion clinic

On the sidewalk of a four-lane, one-way street, a woman walks to EMW Surgical Center in Louisville, Kentucky for her appointment. It’s a Saturday morning in the fall and the sun is just about the…

Family Scholar Houses change single parents’ lives

A 21-year-old college student is sitting on her couch in her apartment reading her accounting textbook while studying for a test she has soon. Her 3-year-old son walks in the room holding his favorite Superman…

Love you forever: a mother survives after daughter’s suicide

I t was a typical winter evening at the Hack household. Melanie Hack had just picked up her oldest daughter Reagan Harley Carter, 12, from a school basketball game. It was nearly half-past eight in…

Human trafficking: awareness fuels increased reports in Kentucky

  While Patterson’s father was working, Patterson said, her mother took her to motor courts and motels by the river where mats were laid out on the floor and large studio lights were set up…

Demand for IUDs increases as women fear losing healthcare

by Emily DeLetter Sarah Dolen has tried other forms of birth control before, but none are as effective as her IUD. The device’s convenience was a no-brainer. “There’s no user error because once it’s inserted…

Tomorrow’s Woman helps out after mastectomy

After Bonnie Strode’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1990 and had a mastectomy, they began shopping for post-mastectomy products, like mastectomy bras and prosthetic breasts. Strode and her mother soon discovered that there…

Hijab boutique is American dream

by Alexandria Clark A small white building sits beside Hobby Town on Russellville Road. Inside, Emina Hotilovac sits in an elegant gray fringed chair. Her small boutique is filled with jewelry, clothing, and various pieces…

Families divided by high rate of women in Kentucky prisons

By Leah Brown Mary Thomas-Spears sits cross-legged on her family room floor with an American Spirit cigarette in one hand and a black lighter in the other. The sunlight peaks through the window illuminating her…

Recovery: WKU student fighting for a healthy body, mind

Story by Ally Griggs. Photos by Allison Thompson. Seven. Zero. Zero. Start. Inside the microwave, a fairly large sweet potato sits centered on a revolving plate. Turning back to the stove, placing one hand around…