"I remember that when I was in sixth grade, my teacher told me that I should stop being so “bossy”, otherwise people would not like me. After getting angry and complaining about why she didn’t say the same to the boys, one of my classmates called me a “feminist”. Neither of them meant those descriptions in a good way, obviously. The indignation I felt in that moment is something that has followed me throughout the years, motivating my decisions and actions. With time I learnt to not only appreciate the term “feminist”, but to use it as a banner."
Something I really care about is for other girls having the same opportunities that I had. I am the fourth generation of women in my family with a higher education degree, so I have experienced firsthand the positive effects that this has in a woman’s life, in terms of job opportunities, reproductive rights and freedom of choice. Since many of my family members are also scientists, I was motivated to pursue a career in STEM, while many of my female classmates were deterred from it.
Later, when I was in high school and then college, my country experienced some of the most massive rallies in favor of public education. Since then, I became involved both politically and professionally in projects seeking to improve its quality and its equality. Education has become for me a means to boost social mobility and to empower people, especially women, by increasing their economic participation and eventually, their political representation.
I think that working at RepresentWomen is a next step in this journey. Just like with education, political representation has institutional barriers that prevent women and marginalized communities to participate fully. I want to be bossy, and I want other people to lead too. Only by changing the rules of the game will our countries be fully equal and democratic.