Updated: May 15


We celebrate AAPI Heritage Month in May specifically to commemorate the arrival of the first Japanese immigrant to the United States, a 14 year old fisherman named Manjiro, on May 7, 1843 and the completion of the transcontinental railroad, which was built by more than 20,000 Chinese immigrants, on May 10, 1869.

Honor the voices, cultures and contributions of the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community by introducing your little ones to Piccolina's Trailblazers of Asian descent who've all made their marks on the world!


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Piccolina is a lifestyle brand dedicated to empowering today’s young children to become tomorrow’s leaders and problem solvers!

Research shows that starting at age 5, many girls develop self-limiting beliefs and begin to think they're not as smart and capable as boys. Many kids’ clothes and products, perpetuate these gender stereotypes by underrepresenting women in leadership positions or fields relating to science, technology, engineering and finance.

Piccolina is a brand that believes in putting people first. At the core of Piccolina’s identity is a commitment to social justice, equality and inclusion, and those are values that Piccolina incorporate into all aspects of their business.


Amplifying AAPI stories helps us all to understand that our differences are what makes us all beautiful and unique.


ASIAN AMERICAN PACIFIC ISLANDER

TRAILBLAZERS


Gravity-defying gymnast Amy Chow, women's suffrage activist Mabel Ping-Hua Lee and Vice President Kamala Harris, the highest-ranking female elected official in United States history. They are only three of many trailblazing AAPI women who will inspire your little ones to do big things! Learn more about them & other amazing trailblazing AAPI women below!



Junko Tabei




In honor of Junko Tabei, Piccolina created this exclusive short sleeve tee illustrated by artist Julia Kuo. This 100% cotton tee features a portrait of the mountaineer and is the perfect way for your Piccolina to celebrate her inner adventurer.

Junko Tabei (Junko Ishibashi) (1939-2016) was a Japanese mountaineer, an author, & a teacher. She was the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest and the first woman to ascend the Seven Summits, climbing the highest peak on every continent.

Junko was born as the fifth daughter among 7 children & was considered a frail child in her early days. Nevertheless, just at the age of 10, she began climbing the mountain, while on a class trip to Mount Nasu. Junko loved climbing but her family did not have enough money for such an expensive hobby so Tabei made only a few climbs during her high school years. She went on to study English & American literature at Showa’s Woman University & climbed consistently through her studies.
After graduating, Tabei formed the Joshi-Tohan mountaineering club for women only, whose motto was “Let’s go on an overseas expedition by ourselves”. Tabei led her club on a number of ascents, including the first woman-only ascent to Annapurna III, in Nepal & then made history in 1975 when she became the first woman to climb Everest at age 35 with a two year old daughter at home. Junko continued climbing until the year she died.

Purchase the Junko Tabei short sleeve tee HERE.





Wang Zhenyi



The story of astronomer and mathematician Wang Zhenyi is sure to inspire your little ones.

Wang Zhenyi was born into the Qing dynasty China, a time when women had no legal rights and women’s education was limited, Wang breached the feudal customs of the time, which hindered women's rights, by working to educate herself in subjects such as astronomy, mathematics, geography, poetry and medicine.⁠

Purchase the Wang Zhenyi long sleeve shirt HERE.


Amy Chow



In honor of Amy Chow Piccolina created this exclusive children's short sleeve tee with contrast sleeve stripe illustrated by artist Cynee Chiu. This 100% cotton tee features a portrait of the Olympic gymnast & is the perfect way for your Piccolina to celebrate their inner gymnast.

Amy Yuen Yee Chow began gymnastics training at the age of 3 and went on to become the first Asian-American woman to win an Olympic medal in gymnastics!

As a member of the Magnificent Seven (the first U.S. team to win a gold medal in the Olympics), Chow, nicknamed "the Trickster,” performed extremely difficult skills with apparent ease -- including one of the most difficult balance beam routines ever performed to date. Chow’s eagerness to try new things on uneven bars led her to develop two difficult pirouetting skills that now bear her name in gymnastics’ “code of points.” Today, Chow is a licensed physician and surgeon.

Purchase the Amy Chow short sleeve tee with contrast sleeve stripe HERE.




Mabel Ping-Hua Lee



In honor of Mabel Ping Hua Lee Piccolina created this exclusive short sleeve children's tee illustrated by artist Li Zhang. This 100% cotton tee features a portrait of the women's suffrage activist & is the perfect way for your little one to celebrate her inner activist.

Mabel Ping-Hua Lee was a Chinese advocate for women's suffrage in the United States. She was regarded as "the symbol of the new era, when all women will be free and unhampered"
At only sixteen years old Lee was already a recognized activist and suffragist that would help to lead almost 10,000 people in the New York suffrage parade. Lee went on to become the first Chinese woman to get a PhD in economics.


Purchase the Mabel Ping Hua Lee short sleeve tee HERE.


Kamala Harris



In honor of Kamala Harris, Piccolina created this exclusive short sleeve tee illustrated by artist Shreya Gupta. This 100% cotton tee features a portrait of the first female Vice President and is the perfect way for your Piccolina to celebrate her inner leader.

Kamala Harris is the highest-ranking female elected official in United States history! She is also the first female Vice President, the first African American and first South Asian American Vice President.

After graduating from Howard in 1986 for her undergraduate degree and from the University of California Hastings College of the Law in 1989, her career began as an assistant district attorney at the Alameda County prosecutor's office.

In 2003, Harris won her first race for San Francisco district attorney, becoming the first Black woman to hold such an office in California.

In 2010, she became the first Black woman elected as California attorney general, and in 2016, she became only the second Black woman ever elected as a US senator.

While her career has been full of many barrier-breaking accomplishments, she continues to open the door and inspire many women and young girls of the possibilities they are capable of.

Purchase the Kamala Harris short sleeve tee HERE.




Meet Piccolina's AAPI Artists


I'm so proud of the diverse, global community of artists that Piccolina works with. This month, get to know three of Piccolina's AAPI artist partners, Julia Kuo, Shreya Gupta and Li Zhang and their extraordinary stories!


JULIA KUO






SHREYA GUPTA






LI ZHANG




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With all this talk about Mothers & Mother Figures Day, I'm extremely sensitive to the fact that there are many people who struggle with infertility. In fact, 1 in 8 couples struggle to get pregnant or sustain a pregnancy, making it a more common issue than people realize. As you scroll through social media, remember this statistic - you know someone battling infertility. For many struggling to conceive, the hope to one day realize the dream of parenthood is what keeps them on their fertility journey.

I always 100% thought that I would have children. I'd meet the man that I manifested after learning about myself and spending a couple years nurturing myself and my needs as a woman. Don't get me wrong, I still have hope though as I'm not the only fabulous and forty single gal out there! There are so many of us, plus we're in good company....Jennifer Aniston, Charlize Theron....I can go on. And look at Charlize, she adopted! That is something I've always considered as well.

The thing is....I don't even know where I stand as far as how many "good eggs" I have left. But, that honestly doesn't affect me personally or rush my in any way. I would be more than thrilled to adopt as well. But, I am curious about the "good egg situation" so I may find out on my next OBGYN appointment just to see where I am with that. The other thing I debate is that I'm not sure I should have kids so late in life as I will be 44 this summer. So with that, this decision is to be continued.....

As I ponder this idea and decision, I also think about those struggling with infertility so I started reading more about it and I wanted to share some information and resources that I've found.

Diagnosis + IVF


There are many medical conditions that impact both men and women's fertility. 1 in 5 couples are diagnosed with "unexplained infertility", meaning there is no straightforward cause to infertility. While sometimes we want to explain away and define cause, unexplained infertility is in fact a medical diagnosis. While there are many ways to treat infertility, IVF statistically offers the highest success rates. Read more via RESOLVE




What is The Stork Foundation for Infertility?


At The Stork Foundation for Infertility, they are committed to not just raising awareness for infertility, but also raising their collective voices to break through the stigma. During National Infertility Awareness Week (April 24), The Stork Foundation empowers others to start and change the conversation surrounding infertility.

Every single dollar donated to The Stork Foundation for Infertility makes a difference. No path on this journey is straightforward. The cost of infertility is HIGH, which is why the support of others is critical to their existence.



Anyone who has faced infertility knows that this breakdown is an oversimplification of the actual intricate medical costs. The average cost of an IVF cycle can range from $12,000 - $20,000.

Every patient is unique so every care plan or "protocol" varies significantly. This breakdown does not list every procedure or medication that are part of this long, arduous process to becoming a parent.




Fertility Benefits Coverage


The National Infertility Association celebrates one million covered lives through its Coverage at Work program. This free program empowers people, whose health insurance is provided by their employer, to talk to their HR benefits managers about adding benefits & coverage that help them build their family.

This program launched in 2016, and since then RESOLVE has tracked more than 45 companies who because their employee used RESOLVE’s program, have added family building benefits, the biggest being insurance coverage for medically necessary treatments like In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). The total number of these employees with new or expanded healthcare benefits for family building options reached 1 million in April 2022.

“Adding family building benefits is a win-win for employers and employees. Employers often don’t realize there is a gap in benefits until their employees point it out. Satisfying employee requests is a top reason cited by employers for adding these benefits. RESOLVE looks forward to working with employees and employers alike to welcome the next one million employees with new or improved family building benefits, but let’s not wait another 6 years to reach that milestone, as family building can’t wait,” said Betsy Campbell, Chief Engagement Officer for RESOLVE.

The 2021 Survey on Fertility Benefits from Mercer and commissioned by RESOLVE, found that 97% of employers who added coverage for IVF did not see a significant increase in costs. In fact, this report finds this highly valued benefit is both affordable and beneficial to companies in terms of attracting and retaining talent, being recognized as a family friendly employer, and supporting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts.




2022 Stork Foundation Fertility Grants

Frequently Asked Questions



Will I need to submit medical forms?

Yes. A medical evaluation form must be completed by your doctor.


Can I submit an application for someone else?

No. You cannot submit an application on behalf of another individual.


Is there an age limit on who can apply?

Yes. Applicants must be 18 or older.


Can I reapply next year?

Yes. The Stork Foundation reviews each application individually each cycle. You are welcomed to re-apply then.


Is a paper application available?

At this time The Stork Foundation does not offer a paper application, but they are willing to make accommodations for those needing assistance. You may email them at: Stork@storkfoundation.org



What type of information should I include in my personal story?

The Stork Foundation would love to learn more about your personal fertility journey. Feel free to include past treatment, your own personal sentiment about your journey, and a little about yourself and partner if applicable.



Stork Foundation Board Member Spotlight



Meet Maria Braham. Maria is a founding board member who resides in Chicago, Illinois. The Stork Foundation for Infertility means so much to Maria, as the mission so deeply resonates with her own experience. Her strength and resiliency is awe-inspiring after experiencing six miscarriages during her 6+ year journey to become a Mom.

Maria is a certified financial planner by day and enjoys vacations with her husband and family. She truly celebrates women and works to empower them in her involvement. Maria is a member of many organizations including National Association of Professional Women (NAPW), National Association of Female Executives (NAFE), Professional Women's Club of Chicago (PWCC) and many others. The Stork Foundation is very lucky to have Maria and her pure dedication to their grants committee.

Maria never gave up her fight and never takes for granted that two sweet boys call her Mom.

Source:
The Stork Foundation For Infertility






LITTLE WORDS PROJECT


Both the founder and VP of Marketing at Little Words Project had their own experiences with infertility, and were brought together by openly sharing their journeys with each other. The more stories like these are shared, the lesser the stigma becomes.

I am very honored to be collaborating with Little Words Project. LWP aims to inspire and encourage people to be kind to themselves and to pay that forward, one bracelet at a time. On the first day of National Infertility Awareness Week (April 24), 25% of proceeds from Little Words Project will benefit The Stork Foundation, helping to provide fertility treatment grants for those in need.

Choose from their best sellers or custom bracelets with a word of your choice to start a conversation surrounding infertility. Get 15% OFF and start creating your Little Words Project bracelet HERE.

If you do happen to get a bracelet for you or a loved one, let me know in the comments what word you chose and the meaning behind it too!





INFERTILITY RESOURCES


Pregnantish


Founded by Andrea Syrtash, Pregnantish is the first online magazine + storytelling platform focused on infertility + modern family building. This wonderful platform helps others to navigate the realities of infertility and fertility treatments. Original content, patient advocacy + more.


Fertility Centers of Illinois


FCOI have made it their life’s work, their mission, to help people become parents. Providing compassionate and comprehensive fertility care, surrounding themselves with leaders in the field, pursuing advanced medical education and research, and teaming up with industry partners to offer their patients many possible advantages.

Each person or couple is unique so they tailor each treatment plan to the individual circumstances, including emotional, physical, and financial needs. Whether you are beginning your journey or have exhausted many of your options, they will work with you to help you realize your dream of building a family. There is nothing that gives them greater fulfillment.


(Fertility) Rescripted


Rescripting fertility, together. As seen on The Today Show, BBC News, Wall Street Journal and more. Be sure to also check out their podcast called, Dear Infertility.


Podcast: Dear Infertility


Dear Infertility is the first-ever podcast that doubles as an advice column for those dealing with infertility and pregnancy loss. From coping with pregnancy announcements to what to expect during IVF, join Rescripted Co-Founder Kristyn Hodgdon as she, along with various fertility experts, answers real questions from real fertility patients related to the physical and emotional toll of infertility. To learn more about how Rescripted can help you feel more empowered and less alone on your fertility journey, visit Rescripted.com



If you have more resources to share,

please do so in the comments below.


If you would like to learn more and/or donate to

The Stork Foundation

you may do so

HERE.




Sources:
The Stork Foundation For Infertility
Resolve
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Before I share this mocktail recipe, I wanted to give a little background on Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May. It is a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s May 5, 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. The day, which falls on Thursday, May 5 in 2022, is also known as Battle of Puebla Day. While it is a relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States, Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a commemoration of Mexican culture & heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations.

Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day, a popular misconception. Instead, it commemorates a single battle. In 1861, Benito Juárez—a lawyer & member of the Indigenous Zapotec tribe—was elected president of Mexico. At the time, the country was in financial ruin after years of internal strife & the new president was forced to default on debt payments to European governments.

In response, France, Britain & Spain sent naval forces to Veracruz, Mexico, demanding repayment. Britain & Spain negotiated with Mexico & withdrew their forces.

The Battle of Puebla


Certain that success would come swiftly, 6,000 French troops under General Charles Latrille de Lorencez set out to attack Puebla de Los Angeles, a small town in east-central Mexico. From his new headquarters in the north, Juárez rounded up a ragtag force of 2,000 loyal men—many of them either Indigenous Mexicans or of mixed ancestry & sent them to Puebla.

The vastly outnumbered & poorly supplied Mexicans, led by Texas-born General Ignacio Zaragoza, fortified the town & prepared for the French assault. On May 5, 1862, Lorencez gathered his army—supported by heavy artillery—before the city of Puebla & led an assault.

The battle lasted from daybreak to early evening & when the French finally retreated they had lost nearly 500 soldiers. Fewer than 100 Mexicans had been killed in the clash.

Although not a major strategic win in the overall war against the French, Zaragoza’s success at the Battle of Puebla on May 5 represented a great symbolic victory for the Mexican government & bolstered the resistance movement.

Source: History.com




BERRY MOCK-A-RITA


Ditch the margarita this Cinco De Mayo, it's time to upgrade to a Berry Mock-a-rita! Added bonus: The Berry Mock-a-rita won't leave you with "hang-xiety", headaches, or regrets. But, it will leave you full of superfood antioxidants!

Every Sunwink Tonic & Superfood Powder is made with whole plants & real ingredients. No preservatives. No additives or artificial flavors. To put it plainly – at Sunwink, every ingredient is sourced from the Earth. Period.

Eliza Ganesh (CEO, co-founder) was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease & was able to help treat her symptoms with herbs & superfoods. She met Jordan Schenck (CMO, co-founder), who has dedicated her life to creating companies that change the planet & from there, they dreamt up an herbal wellness company that made it easy for everyone to access the power of plants.

They scoured the shelves & found that everything was either overpriced, full of junky ingredients, or not focused on building an inclusive brand. They decided to write down their values & embarked on a journey to change the food & beverage industry.


Ingredients Needed


  • Immunity Berry Tonic by Sunwink (get it here)

  • Handful of Blackberries

  • Half a Lime

  • Fresh Mint sprig

  • 3 - 4 drops of Agave

  • Ice


How To


  • Muddle 3 - 5 Blackberries in desired glass

  • Drop ice into your glass

  • Pour Immunity Berry Tonic by Sunwink into your glass

  • Squeeze half a lime

  • Add 3 - 4 drops of agave (sweeten to your liking)

  • Garnish with a fresh mint sprig

  • Enjoy!




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