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GirlGeek of the Week
December 2000

Angela Hayden

Angela Hayden

Four years ago, Angela Hayden left an abusive relationship and entered the Family Place shelter for domestic violence. It was a major step in her life in more than one way. Under their supportive living program she went to school, attending Brookhaven College and studying Visual Communications.

Empowered in her relationships and her career, Angela, a former secretary of 10 years, is now a successful graphic designer and illustrator. Her work is proudly displayed on She continues to be active in the support community, working as a public speaker against domestic violence. Angela has also written a manuscript about her experience, her escape, and her mother's own escape from an abusive relationship 25 years ago.

When did you first discover your love and/or obsession with computers and technology?

I really fell in love with computers when I took a class in Painter. I could create a messy, sloppy painting and not get a speck on me.

Do you consider yourself a Geek?

I definitely consider myself a geek. I am always reading and researching tech info as much as possible. Knowledge is power!

What is your favorite Website?

My favorite website is It is beautifully designed and displays wonderful art.

What do you do when you are not working?

When I am not working, I am painting, doodling, hanging out with my 12-year-old daughter and sleeping.

What's your motto?

Evolve already.

Who would play you in a movie about your life?

I would choose Gwyneth Paltrow.

What would be the title of your autobiography?

"Connected with Life"

Who is the person you most admire?

The person I admire the most is my mother. She passed away from leukemia 12 years ago. But she was a great fighter, always sought resources, and raised us in public libraries.

When and where were you the happiest?

I am the happiest in my life now. I am abuse free, my daughter is bold and full of self-esteem, and I am always learning.

If you could have one super power what would it be?

If I could have a super power it would be to wiggle my nose and have the car alarms stop outside my window.


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