By RepresentWomen on June 23, 2021
My name is Silver Byrd and I live in San Jose, California. I am an International Research Intern for RepresentWomen. I am currently completing my B.A. in Politics & International Affairs and Anthropology at Wake Forest University. After completing my bachelors, I hope to pursue a master’s degree in International Studies, followed by a JD in International Law.
I first became interested in politics when I was a campaign intern during my junior year of high school for Rebecca Otto, a Minnesota political candidate. This is when I realized that there are not enough women in politics and that without representation, people do not have a voice. Following this experience, and during my senior year of high school, I was a Rotary International Youth Exchange student in Sisaket, Thailand. I lived with three amazing host families and attended the local high school. This experience is where I developed a passion for international politics and understood the importance of countries working collectively for a better future.
I am incredibly passionate about feminism, racial equality, human rights and justice, especially since America has historically failed to protect the rights and liberties of African-Americans and women. Increasing women's representation in politics all over the world would be a crucial step in changing the dynamics of this unfortunate reality. That is why I am excited to intern with RepresentWomen this summer and help conduct research that will help improve the future of women in politics.
When I am not working or studying, I love to read, travel, spend time with friends and family, and take my dog to the park. Interestingly, my favorite pastime is meeting new people! I always learn something new when I meet different people from many walks of life.