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HELPING WOMEN Toyota Gives $150,000 to ‘Mothers of Invention’

Toyota Gives $150,000 to ‘Mothers of Invention’

Toyota honored female innovators at Newsweek and the Daily Beast’s third annual Women in the World Summit on Saturday, pledging $50,000 in grants. The grants will to go a principal of a Detroit high school for pregnant teens, the 17-year-old founder of Randomkid.org, and to two Harvard graduates who invented a soccer ball that converts play into energy. Asenath Andrews, founder and principal of the Catherine Ferguson Academy for Young Women in Detroit—whose school helps pregnant teens graduate and succeed at college—received the "Mother of Invention" award alongside Talia Leman, founder of a website that engages kids with social causes, and Jessica O. Matthews and Julie Silverman, whose "Soccket" ball serves as both a toy and an electricity source for kids in rural Africa.

March 11, 2012 3:45 PM