Sara Ahmed is a freshman at American University with an intended major in Political Science and Sociology. Being a communications intern at Represent Women has helped her put her passion for gender equality, specifically in the political field, into action. She hopes to work on campaigns where women of color who look like her are running for public office in the future. Sara enjoys trying different places to eat and watching psychological thrillers in her free time.
Being a woman of color who is deeply committed to equity and equality, I look forward to working to reduce the gap in representation to create a legislature that is not only gender balanced but ethnically diverse. Gender disparities exist everywhere - politics, science, business, you name it - there is a lack of female leadership. This can only change when our representation and our leaders include more women. As an outreach intern for RepresentWomen, I’m excited to advocate and push for a more gender balanced cabinet in the upcoming elections.
In spite of my personal indecisiveness, RepresentWomen appealed to me and my dual interests in local and global politics. In particular, I was drawn to the quest to find and promote best practices for all levels of politics. As a student government senator, I have seen first-hand how changing the structure and function of a political body can lead to more effective outcomes (and hours of discussing and voting on by-laws). I hope to use this knowledge to guide my research internship at RepresentWomen this fall.
I knew then that electoral reform was a goal that I was deeply passionate about, and that I wanted to continue researching and working toward after graduation. I was thrilled to learn about RepresentWomen, and the critical work that they are doing to increase gender parity in the government. As a research intern, I am the most eager to study district design and ranked choice voting measures, but I am also looking forward to discovering new approaches to increasing female representation in politics.
My name is Lexi Long, and I am a 2020 graduate of Lafayette College in Easton, PA. As an International Affairs and German Double Major with a Minor in Women and Gender Studies, I was afforded a wide range of opportunities to broaden my knowledge of international politics, language and culture, and how our global societal structure reinforces systematic inequality. During my study abroad experiences in both Germany and Denmark, two countries who have addressed various inequities in their political and economic spheres, I discovered that the United States has only just begun to change the discourse surrounding this narrative.
My name is Fatma Tawfik, I was born and raised in Cairo, Egypt. I graduated from Beni-Suef University, and I ranked third in my class with a Bachelor degree in political science. When I was six, my friends and family called me a “Rebellious” as I was defending women rights at this young age, growing up in Egypt, I looked at my community and searched for ways to enhance women status in my country.
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!
My name is Bobbie Bell, an outreach and advocacy intern for the fall 2020 semester at RepresentWomen. I am from Brooklyn, New York, aka “the big apple,” where I am pursuing my bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Media Studies at Brooklyn College. Currently an upper senior, I intend on graduating from Brooklyn College in December of this year. Over the course of the summer, I had the chance to run a period drive in my own community, collecting numerous donations for women in need during the pandemic. Although running a period drive virtually due to the coronavirus, I found creative ways to gain support.
Hi all! My name is Ashley Huang and I’m from San Diego, CA. My pronouns are she/her. Although I’m on a gap year right now, I’m a rising sophomore at Swarthmore College studying Economics and Art History. As a Research Intern, I’m super excited to contribute towards RepresentWomen’s incredible work this fall.
Hello! My name is Arria Alton and I am a Nonprofit Admin and Development Intern for RepresentWomen. Currently, I am a senior at Vanderbilt University studying Human and Organizational Development with a concentration in Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness. I’m originally from Madison, Wisconsin, where I spent the last six months in quarantine with my family; this resulted in a renewed sense of hometown pride and the return of my Midwestern accent.