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…
Vijaylakshmi Pandit: Like her brother Jawaharlal Nehru, she too felt passionately for her country. After serving our nation for years, she became the first woman President of the United Nations General Assembly. A writer, a diplomat, and a politician, her works are an inspiration to many young women.
Claire Charamnac is the co-founder of Women LEAD, the first and only leadership development organization for young women in Kathmandu, Nepal. Women LEAD has empowered more than 200 young women to become leaders in their schools and communities. Women LEAD was founded in 2010 when Claire was a junior at Georgetown University. Women LEAD was selected as Women Deliver's Top 50 Solutions Delivering for Women and Girls in 2012.
Marie Bottineau Baldwin (1863-1952) was a Chippewa attorney. Marie was the first Native American student and first woman of color to graduate from the Washington College of Law. Today the Women’s Law Association funds a scholarship in her name. Following law school, Marie worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and was treasurer of the Society of American Indians.
Chosen as president for Antioch University Seattle in July 2007, Dr. Cassandra Manuelito-Kerkvliet became the first Native American woman to ascend to the presidency of an accredited university outside the tribal college system.
Jessica Mack is a passionate global reproductive health and rights advocate. At 29, she has worked with women's groups in Africa, Asia and Latin America on these issues, connected with other activists far and wide, and has written and blogged along the way, from Feministe to the Guardian. She is committed to helping other young feminist seeking to break into the global reproductive health field, and talks at college campuses, mentors and continually supports other young advocates.
Shailey Gupta-Brietzke has provided pro bono representation for over 300 victims of domestic violence in the family courts at her tenure at AVDA. She was honored as the Texas Observer’s Tyrant’s Foe for her continued work on behalf of victims of domestic violence. Shailey also served as the board president of the Lilith Fund, an abortion fund. Shailey lead the Lilith Fund to move from an all volunteer organization to hiring it's first paid staff person.
Rosalind G. Brewer was made the CEO and President of Sam's Club in early 2012, making her both the first woman and the first African American to be made a chief officer in the company. Her rise through the ranks is also notable — she started with the company just a few years earlier in 2006 as a company scientist and rose through the executive ranks. Pretty awesome.
Patricia Valoy is an engineer, a feminist and an activist who is working hard to bring women and the STEM-fields closer together. She has her own blog, Womanisms, is an avid Tweeter under the handle Besito86, and she’s a co-host at Let Your Voice Be Heard Radio.
Peace is putting love into action. Riane Eisler is recognized as one of the most original minds of our time, and has been honored as the only woman among 20 great thinkers. She is president of the Center for Partnership Studies and is best known for her international bestseller The Chalice and the Blade: Our History, Our Future
Raquel Ortega is a fierce feminist from the Southwest dedicated to uplifting the voices of those who have been historically disenfranchised & marginalized. As a progressive activist she is deeply committed to empowering the next generation of young leaders through mentorship and cross movement building. She currently works at Choice USA in Washington, DC where she works with young people across the country to organize around issues of reproductive justice on their campuses & in their…
Mallika Redmond is the lead gender justice researcher at Political Research Associates. Malika founded the International Black Youth Summit (IBYS) at age 14 and has worked as an advocate and organizer for national justice organizations such as Choice USA, National Center for Human Rights Education, and SisterSong. She worked for the Spelman College Women's Research and Resource Center (WRRC) as a coordinator of the Audre Lorde Black Lesbian Feminist Project.
Victoria Snow created her website, Feminish, upon realizing she had fresh insight to offer with regards to navigating every day life as a young feminist in a not always so feminist-friendly world. Victoria also started The Young Feminist Network, a group aimed to encourage and make for easier communication and networking within the global feminist community. Additionally, she takes on causes like mentoring young feminists, offering advice in a column, and abolishing child porn site.
Hemly Ordόñez is State Strategies Manager at Advocates for Youth. She works w/ local & state-based organizations & youth activists to advocate for cultural & policy changes that improve & value young people's sexual & reproductive health & rights. She's been actively involved in youth advocacy w/ communities of color both online & offline for over 7 yrs. She was program coordinator at the Women’s Center & a co - founder of the Women Advancing Gender Equity Fellowship at Georgetown…
Jeryl Hayes is an LSRJ Fellow at the Black Women’s Health Imperative. She earned her J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law in May 2011. She is currently at American University Washington College of Law completing an LL.M. in Law in Government, with a concentration in Civil and Constitutional Rights and a specialization in Gender and the Law. Jeryl received her B.A. in Communication from Denison University in Granville, OH.
Virologist Françoise Barré-Sinoussi studied natural sciences at the University of Paris and then went to work at the Institut Pasteur. After a short time in the US, she returned to the Pasteur Institute to study the role of retroviruses in cancer. In 1982 she identified HIV as the cause of AIDS, for which she was awarded a Nobel Prize. In 2009 she took on Pope Benedict XVI, angered by his assertion that condoms are ineffective in tackling AIDS. She is hotly tipped to assume the role as the…
As a remarkable soprano, Matilda Sissieretta Joyner Jones (1869-1933) achieved great success. She performed at the White House for President Benjamin Harrison and in London before the Prince of Wales. She was known as "The Black Patti," a reference to the celebrated Italian soprano Adelina Patti. Her notable career paved the way for other African-American artists. "The decorations she wears in this 1899 poster testify to her professional triumphs," according to the Library of Congress.
Stephanie Davidson is the President of the Harvard Women’s Law Association, which aims to unite female lawyers to address gender-based bias through and within the law. She is third-year law student, focusing providing direct legal representation to survivors of domestic violence. Stephanie worked in sex crimes prosecution bvefore law school. As an undergraduate student at Columbia, Stephanie worked as a rape crisis counselor, led Take Back the Night, and founded the Anti-Violence Coalition.
Myra Duran is currently Policy Coordinator for California Latinas for Reproductive Justice (CLRJ). Prior to joining CLRJ, Myra was a National Campus Organizer at Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF). Myra graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Women's Studies with a concentration in Women of Color Feminism & a minor in Labor & Workplace Studies. As a student activist, she spearheaded FMF's Campaign to Expose Fake Clinics at UCLA w/ the feminist activist student group, Bruin Feminists for Equality.