Christina Mazzi: ProjectWOC

To me, ProjectWOC means every young woc getting the opportunity to dream. Being presented with successful woc after successful woc (who by the way are more than willing to lend an ear or a hand and even offer advice) is bound to give viewers the idea that they too can get there to where these young women are.

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Zehra Naqvi
Poize Workwear: Feminism with Femininity

“Women fighting to be seen in male-dominated industries sometimes feel like they must force themselves to act or appear a certain way to fit in to a ‘man’s’ world,” Poize Workwear co-founder Alexandra explains. “We want to incorporate the idea of feminism with femininity, that we can be a powerhouse in the industry while also appearing elegant and stylish if we so desire.”

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Gretta Kissell
Karina Encarnacion: Architect, Dancer, Creator

“To me, art is anything that is created with the intention of evoking a response from an audience. Whether my art is a building that educates people and provides solutions for environmental issues or a performance in a music video that makes people want to learn how to dance, I want to continue growing as an artist as long as it makes me—and the people around me—think and evolve.”

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Zehra Naqvi
Lune Magazine: Youth for Change

“It is incredibly important to have youth involvement because they are the future of this country. In five, ten years, they could and will be the ones on the billboards, the ballots, the lawn signs, and in the fliers you might find posted on bulletin boards—the future policymakers.”

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Gretta Kissell
Brianna Zúñiga: What Does She Know?

Oral stories, as the oldest form of storytelling, have shown to be the most prolific forms of incentivizing people to feel. Yes, community organizing, legal studies, and political activism are all vital components of change; however, at the root of civic engagement is interpersonal connection. And to connect, we share stories. For me, this podcast is the best way I know how to engage.

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Gretta Kissell
Amber Anderson: Black is Gold

“You inspired the future women for us,” Wale sings in “Black is Gold,” and we’re inclined to agree: high school student and Chicago native Amber Anderson has made a huge impact on the lives of African American girls through her non-profit, preparing and inspiring them to succeed in high school and beyond.

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Gretta Kissell
Sophie Maniscalco and Kailin Zhang: Supergirls Code

Supergirls Code is an organization started by two high school friends, Sophie Maniscalco and Kailin Zhang, to empower girls through teaching them how to code. Supergirls Code began around February of last year, but it took a while to get the first class started. So far Supergirls Code has had a library class and currently has a regular weekly after school club! Girls across the country have reached out, looking to start chapters within their communities.

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Zehra Naqvi
Divya and Sweta Srinivasan: Girls for Science

Our goal is to help close the gender gap through educating girls around the world about the STEM fields. Whether or not they pursue a career in the STEM fields, we hope that everyone learns to appreciate one another. We strive to be a part in all genders reaching full equality, and that everyone is able to pursue the same career and interests regardless of who they are.

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Zehra Naqvi
Make Muse: Making Change

The Make Muse media brand officially began on International Women’s Day in 2018, but founder Maura Sheedy had been passionate about changing beauty standards and supporting women and non-binary individuals long before that.

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Gretta Kissell
Zaniya Lewis: YesSheCanCampaign

The YesSheCanCampaign is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that is run by high school and college students from across the country. Their mission is to inspire, empower and share the stories of girls and young women who are overcoming adversity while striving to complete their education. They provide educational resources to girls and young women from across the country.

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Zehra Naqvi
Aminath Dhahau Naseem: Maldiviana

“Maldivians alike myself were disconnecting more and more with the culture. I decided to combine this with a current issue in the country- female empowerment. I like to consider the Maldives a progressive country as we have a number of female leaders, especially in prominent positions such as members of the Parliament and Cabinet”

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Zehra Naqvi
Ehis Ilozobhie: Full-Time Student, Full-Time Influencer

Ask any student on a college campus and they can probably attest: school is hard. Learning how to write a twelve-page paper, study for those endless midterms, and successfully work a decades-old laundry machine can be a lot for a young adult. Ehis Ilozobhie, however, has figured out how to balance all this and more.

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Gretta Kissell
Hasan Syed: Poetic Alcoholic

When Hasan Syed started writing poetry on napkins at age fifteen, he didn’t think he would ever publish them. Six years later, however, Hasan has just published his first book: Poetic Alcoholic, a collection of poems celebrating vulnerability.

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Gretta Kissell
Malavika Kannan: A Homegirl's Project

By educating the world about the achievements, challenges, and issues of WOC, the Project hopes to give a voice to the voiceless and foster positive dialogue. They interview inspiring WOC from across the world--entrepreneurs, artists, teen activists, trailblazers, survivors, and more--and share their stories. The goal? “To reclaim our own narratives, increase positive representation of WOC, and create an engaging place for women to network, share experiences, and get inspired.”

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Zehra Naqvi
Kal Mansoor: Media Representation and India's Colonial History

“Media is the mirror in which we see ourselves reflected. But unfortunately for some, it doesn’t always reflect very well.” As a Muslim Indian actor, Kal Mansoor has experienced firsthand the lack of diversity and the consequences of media representation within the acting industry. His new one-man comedy show, A Brief History of Colonization, discusses these issues as well as the often-unaddressed colonial history of India.

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Gretta Kissell
Tatiana Glover: Mahogany

Being Black in America has always will always have an impact on my profession and the work that I continue to create will always be a reflection of my identity. I think it valuable to see ourselves in the spaces we take up, the work we put out and we as a society need to reconsider the ways in which we think about the mixing pot of cultural identities that this country makes up.

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Zehra Naqvi
Blerta Sejdija: Beat Sexism

“I hesitated a long time before starting up something like this.  The subject is irritating to many people. This world has belonged for a long time to males and for most of history, anonymous was a woman.” Blerta Sejdija tells us at GLOHub more about her initiative and powerful story.

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Zehra Naqvi
Gabby Frost: The Buddy Project

Founder + CEO. That’s a title Gabby never envisioned herself having, but being able to be the founder + CEO of a non-profit has shaped a huge part of her young adult and adult life. “I’ve been able to grow as a person which has helped me grow my non-profit organization into something I never imagined it would be.”

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Zehra Naqvi