By Angelica Mansfield on February 12, 2021
My name is Angelica and I am one of the Spring 2021 Multimedia Interns for RepresentWomen. As a junior at UMBC, I study Media and Communications as well as English Literature. I am incredibly excited to learn as much as possible while I’m here and to trust in my own creative abilities, and I can’t wait to help topple the patriarchal structures of our government.
My name is Angelica and I am a junior at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC for short) double majoring in English Literature and Media and Communication Studies. If I could triple major, I would most definitely be studying Gender and Women’s Studies as well, but for now I am left learning about that on my own. I am currently one of two Multimedia interns at RepresentWomen. Over the past few months, I have been connecting to my more creative roots and I wanted to put some good use to them by interning for this organization. As for my hobbies, I love going on solo hikes, kickboxing, and even just walking around my neighborhood—I get restless when I don’t move for awhile. I also enjoy watching my comfort shows like The Office, Parks and Rec, and The Good Place and baking things to eat while I watch!
Feminism has always been very empowering for me. The fourth wave feminist movement allowed me to see the world in a new perspective where I would not need to settle for anything—where I could express myself openly and freely, no matter what. Back in high school, I felt the need to tone down some of my beliefs to fit into the semi-liberal student body. Nowadays though, after being dubbed ‘aggressively feminist’ by one of my friends, I proudly question all of the structures in place that have forced women into very small boxes of rightness and wrongness, including diet culture, economic hurdles, and apparently even our very own political system.
My journey to RepresentWomen began about two years ago, before I even knew this organization existed. I had been interning for a nonprofit writing organization called 826DC, which was my first ever experience with a nonprofit. After finishing the semester, I realized how fulfilling that experience had been for me and how important it is to ensure that the work I am doing—and the organization I am apart of—is meaningful. I stumbled upon RepresentWomen while looking for internships at women’s advocacy groups and the big picture view this organization takes really spoke to me. I was so excited to learn that they had open opportunities, so I applied right away.
I am looking forward to building my confidence in my work while surrounded by women who believe wholeheartedly in RepresentWomen’s mission. I am very excited to be contributing to the Explainer Series that will make knowledge accessible and digestible to the general public. I want to do my best to support this organization, and I definitely hope to pick up new skills and friends along the way