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From the newly appointed president of Harvard to President Joe Biden’s press secretary, Haitian women continue to capture headlines on a regular basis for their achievements. And this trend is by no means a fluke, according to a 2022 book.

“Streets of Gold: America’s Untold Story of Immigrant Success” says children of immigrants surpass the children of US-born parents in achieving upward mobility — a dynamic combination of money, power, autonomy and value in the community. The children from immigrants of higher income countries tend to earn more than those of lower income.


Immigrant women, born of Haitian parents, excel over both Haitian men and daughters of white US-born parents.

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J.O. Haselhoef is the author of “Give & Take: Doing Our Damnedest NOT to be Another Charity in Haiti.” She co-founded "Yonn Ede Lot" (One Helping Another), a nonprofit that partnered with volunteer groups in La Montagne ("Lamontay"), Haiti from 2007-2013. She is a 2022 Fellow for the Columbia School of Journalism's Age Boom Academy. She writes and lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.