By Ella Seltzer on November 17, 2020
My name is Ella Seltzer and I am an Outreach and Advocacy Intern for Fall 2020! I am born-and-raised in Oakland, California, so even though I have enjoyed my time on the East Coast and in D.C. for college, I’m truly West Coast at heart. I currently attend American University and am a Junior double majoring in Spanish and Political Science, with a focus in gender, race, and politics. As someone with a passion for politics and gender equality, being able to move across the country for college in the nation’s capital has only deepened that desire to help make meaningful change. After my undergraduate degree, I would love to attend law school, but as a college student in the time of COVID-19, I am just hoping to still be able to study abroad!
After hearing about the amazing research and advocacy work that RepresentWomen has accomplished from a close friend and former intern, I was inspired to join the team. As a young girl, my passion for gender equality and women’s representation were formed as early as 2008, when I got to see Hillary Clinton’s historic candidacy as a woman running on a major party ticket. Seeing that representation from such a young age propelled me to where I am now, shaping the intersection of my interests in feminism and politics. Since then, I have delved into the world of women in politics and obsessing over political icons, Ruth Bader Ginsburg to be exact, has become a hobby. As a part of the RepresentWomen community, I am excited to advocate for meaningful representation of women in government and help re-imagine U.S. politics and beyond, through gender parity.
Outside of (virtual) class and radical political changemaking, I love to spend my time reading, lounging outside, and occasionally binge watching a show or two. One of the biggest parts of my life, pre-pandemic of course, is rugby, which I’ve played for six years. I also enjoy looking longingly at pictures of my dog, Pearl, who I miss dearly while I am away at school.