Atima Omara-Alwala is a political strategist who has staffed 7 political campaigns & other progressive causes with a focus on women’s rights & political empowerment. Atima has served as a state officer of the VA Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) & Co-Chair of National NOW's Young Feminist Task Force. Currently, she is National Vice President of the Young Democrats of America & serves on the boards of the DC Abortion Fund and Planned Parenthood of Metro Washington Action Fund.
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Lori Adelman is a writer for Feministing & advocate for women’s health & rights both domestically & internationally. She is currently an Associate at the United Nations Foundation, where she works on the Every Woman Every Child initiative. Previously, she worked at the International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) & in the Women’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch, where she lent support to a US tour that raised awareness about the obstruction of access to legal abortion after rape in Mexico
Shelby Knox, 26, is nationally known as the subject of the Sundance award-winning film, The Education of Shelby Knox, a 2005 documentary chronicling her teenage activism for comprehensive sex education & gay rights in her Southern Baptist community. Shelby travels across the country as an itinerant feminist organizer, and is currently the Director of Women’s Rights Organizing at Change.org.
Jos Dirkx grew up in Brazil, Bangladesh, Spain, Senegal, The Netherlands, Canada & Norway, & currently resides in South Africa where she founded the award-winning Girls & Football SA. Her passion for social justice & gender equality has propelled her participation in projects & campaigning for increased public awareness of women’s rights, & her hands-on experience w/ the UN High Commissioner for Refugees has furthered her dedication to making social justice & gender equality a worldwide priority
Eesha is the Executive Director of Men Stopping Violence in Atlanta, GA. She is also a contributing writer at Feministing and the Crunk Feminist Collective. Recently, she's served as the Women’s Rights Manager at Breakthrough and as Director of Advocacy at MergerWatch, where she worked on the Raising Women’s Voices project. Eesha has also worked as Associate Director of Programs at the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program (CLPP) and has been a weekly staff writer for RH Reality Check.
Erika Staub RN, PHN works at Planned Parenthood MN, SD, ND as a nurse in abortion care and family planning. She is co-founder and president of Nursing Students for Choice. Jacqui Quetal is a Family Nurse Practitioner in Oregon who is passionate about providing comprehensive sexuality health information. Jacqui hopes to one day integrate abortion services in her family practice. She is the vice president, treasurer, grant writer and board member of Nursing Students for Choice.
Imani Gandy is a recovering attorney turned political blogger and women's rights activist. She is the publisher of Angry Black Lady Chronicles and the founder of the visionary project, #TeamUterati -- the first collaborative, crowd-sourced informational hub archiving anti-woman legislation across the nation. She also writes for TheGrio.com, and is a front-pager at Balloon Juice. She appears regularly on the Hal Sparks Radio Program and has co-hosted This Week in Blackness Radio.
Jen Mainville is a feminist & sexuality educator in Ithaca, NY. She provides sexual health ed to youth in her community. She is also founder & coordinator of the Tompkins County LGBTQ Youth Group, & runs a monthly discussion group for trans* youth. She is the Assistant Director of Education at Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes. Before moving to upstate NY, she volunteered at Sojourner House in RI & was an Educator/Advocate for Center for Women & Community at the U of MA, Amherst.
Jamia Wilson, 31, is a media activist, storyteller and organizer. She has a BA in Public Communication from American University, and an MA from NYU in Humanities and Social Thought. She has previously worked for Planned Parenthood, among other things, and is now the Vice President of Programs at the Women’s Media Center. Her writings on growing up as an ex-pat, struggling to overcome racism, playing the trombone, and playing practical jokes inspire and entertain over at Rookie Magazine.