2022 OWN: Onyx Woman Leadership Award Honoree: Tamara L. Abney is a SisterFriend Who Helps Women Overcome Obstacles

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What role has the support of other women played in your success?

I founded SisterFriend, Inc in 2015, to provide a supportive service to women. In return, we have been supported by hundreds of women locally, domestically, and internationally with donations of time and resources. Because of this support, we have been able to sustain and grow our organization. Women recognize the need for menstrual hygiene products and how going without these items can negatively affect one’s self-esteem, dignity, and reproductive health. 

Are you where you thought you would be, and how did you get here?

Yes, I am where I thought I would be. Years ago, I wrote down a vision for my life, and today I am seeing those visions take shape. It took time, and I had my share of ups and downs, but I always had a plan for my life that involved excelling in my career of choice and creating a family with a partner that I loved, supported, and respected.

What would you tell other women about overcoming obstacles?

I would tell other women that “This too shall pass.” There have been times when I thought that my life could not get any worse. But when I stopped dwelling on the negative and funneled my energy into helping others, my life turned around completely. When I encounter an obstacle, I stop and think, what am I supposed to learn from this, and how can this obstacle be avoided in the future?

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