By: Lola Solis
My name is Lola Solis and I am a 2019 graduate from Hofstra University. While at Hofstra, I double majored in History and Women’s Studies with a minor in political science. Throughout undergrad, I was heavily involved in community organizing at the campus and local level and I worked on issues ranging from women’s rights to immigration. I will be continuing my education this fall at the University of California, Berkeley while I work towards a Master of Public Policy. After gaining my master’s, I hope to work for nonprofits and use research and data analysis to help solve issues related to gender and racial inequality.
As someone who is extremely passionate about policy reform, I am excited to work with RepresentWomen this summer as a research intern. While interning for a Congresswoman from Queens, New York this past fall, I recognized the need for more women and women of color in government leadership roles. The U.S. population is becoming increasingly diverse, yet our legislative bodies, voting laws, and other political institutions have not adapted to the growing diversity. This is why I decided to intern for RepresentWomen-- to help research and establish solutions to the lack of adequate representation in politics. I look forward to supporting the research team in building substantive reports on topics related to gender parity in politics.
When I’m not interning, working, or studying, I love to spend time outside reading, running, or coloring. I’m in the midst of building a list of fiction books written by women of color to share with friends and family, so if you have any book recommendations by diverse authors, I’d love to hear about them!