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I study strong women. As a teenager, my mom gave me a key chain that was engraved with a message that said, “My name is Tahira Hayes and this is 20/20.” She gave it to me because I wanted to be a television news anchor and I greatly admired Barbara Walters, a pioneer for women in broadcasting.

As a teenager, I would also watch Oprah Winfrey and study her interview style. These women were my role models. They were strong women, and I knew I wanted to be one too. Now, in my full-time job, I work for a woman who was recently nominated to serve as the next Air Force Surgeon General. If confirmed by the Senate, she will become the first nurse and the first woman to serve in the position.

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