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directors.

storytellers.

Malavika Kannan

Malavika is an 18-year-old writer and social entrepreneur from Florida. She's driven by the energy of her fellow youth, whether she's organizing protests or publishing her first novel. She writes about race and feminism for Harper's Bazaar, WashPost, VICE, Teen Vogue, and HuffPost.

Hesper Khong

Hesper is a 17-year-old activist, flourishing writer, and senior from Texas. As a first-generation Vietnamese-American, she works assiduously to be a voice for those who have yet to be heard. She hopes that an enlightening chapter for humanity can be written, uplifting women around us.

Sharanya Pogaku

Sharanya is a 16-year-old from New Jersey, passionate about tech, entrepreneurship, and supporting girls. She is involved in GirlUp, has arranged period packing parties for homeless women, and is the social media coordinator for GirlzFTW: a global mentorship program for girls. In her free time, you can catch her reading, dancing, playing soccer, or hanging out with her dog, Gucci.

Rachel Sampson

Rachel is a 17-year-old juvenile justice advocate, aspiring psychiatrist, and high school senior from Troy, NY. She works as a birthday party host and at the movie theater. Rachel hopes to find untold stories of WOC in the South and publish them for the world to read.

Lu Lu

Lu Lu is a 17-year-old Chinese-American student who moved from China to Orlando, Florida in 2010. At first, Lu Lu felt uncomfortable in her own skin, but seeing other strong minority women  inspired her to become an activist for social justice. Lu Lu aspires to become a politician or work for the UN.

Joyce Jiang

Joyce is a 16-year-old student and passionate creator. As a first-generation Chinese-American, Joyce merges her two passions of arts and activism into artivism to empower others. She's the designer for the coming clothing brand ‘Young Revolutionaries’ and head graphic designer for various organizations. Joyce is an avid photographer, web designer, and a bullet journal enthusiast.

Fatima Rizwan

Fatima is a Pakistani teen living in Qatar who loves to write about people and the trauma, growth, evolution, and beauty they bring into the world. Her ability to speak up bravely for her beliefs has helped her achieve her goals and change peoples' lives. Find her at heroyalconcept.wordpress.com

Laura Wu

Laura Wu is a 16-year-old Chinese-American who blends her passions for women's rights and art. She's held art shows that uplift women and raise money to support victims of domestic abuse. Laura's work has been recognized nationally by Scholastic Art & Writing and exhibited from LA to Beijing.

Meena Rakasi

Meena, a 16-year-old junior from California, is a writer, social advocate, and sometimes artist. When she’s not crying over her physics homework or annoying her little brother, Meena can be found participating in her school's debate team, playing the piano, and writing.  Meena's work has been published in places like the Mercury News and her mother’s refrigerator. 

storytellers.

Zyva Sheikh

Zyva is a 16-year-old activist and blossoming writer from Orlando. As the junior editor-in-chief of her school newspaper, words are her superpower. To her, spreading news plays a vital role in our future since students are the country's next lawmakers. She also contributes to StepUp Magazine. 

Shermarie Hyppolite

Shermarie is a 17-year-old high school senior from Boston, Massachusetts. When she's not writing, she enjoys listening to music, visiting the Boston MFA, and reading lots of fashion articles. Shermarie currently writes for Affinity Magazine and is the editor-in-chief of her school's Literature Magazine.

Saron Besera

Saron is an 18-year-old freshman at Xavier University in Ohio, where she is currently majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and the Public. The proud daughter of Eritrean immigrants, Saron enjoys reading, volunteering, and shopping in her free time. She also serves as a writer for Affinity Magazine.

Simra Ahmed

Simra is a 16-year-old Muslim Indian-American senior from Springfield, Ohio. Her interest in feminism and social issues led her to participate in an interfaith youth aliance, volunteer at the community health center, speak at TEDxYouth, and create a documentary highlighting the opioid crisis.

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Kiana Rezakhanlou

Kiana is a 16-year-old Iranian student living in Great Britain. She considers herself a global citizen, and her passion for languages has developed her international analysis of inequality and injustice. She's committed to Model UN and debating, knowing that confidence and vigor are key. 

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Tamera Trimuel

Tamera is a 15-year-old student from Chicago who was selected to attend the Disneys Dreamer Academy and the Black Girls LEAD conference. She's the founder of Tamera's Treasures, a company to inspire girls, and has been featured in the Chicago Crusader.

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Suparna Havelia

Suparna, 22, hails from Uttar Pradesh, India. An engineering student and aspiring writer, she works as a Senior Editor for a fashion startup, The Closet Detox, redefining LGBTQ+ lifestyles. To change perceptions of bold women, she will model in a photo-shoot, abolishing India’s obsession with Eurocentric ideals of beauty.  

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Stancy Saji

Stancy is a first-generation Keralan-American from New York. She is passionate about public service and bridging gaps between state resources and disadvantaged groups. She enjoys looking for cheap flights to new places. Her most recent adventure was to Jamaica,  where she ate jerk chicken to her heart’s content. She hopes to uplift WOC through writing.

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Ashley Wong

Ashley is a 16-year-old aspiring writer and activist hailing from the island of Singapore. Often buried under books and great food, she focuses on finding new perspectives and experiences within her diverse multicultural nation. As a writer, Ashley strives to share knowledge of intersectional feminism with others.

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Dulanda Saintcyr

Dulanda is a 17-year-old activist and junior from Northern Virginia. She aspires to achieve racial justice in her community and establish a legacy. In 2018 she published her first novel, For the Souls With Different Tones, to bring awareness to the impacts of racial inequity on African Americans in society. 

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Upneet Kaur Aujla

Upneet Kaur Aujla is a 17-year-old writer from Houston, TX. She likes to write and discuss unconventional truths. In addition to writing, Upneet enjoys singing, poetry, photography, and speech and debate. You can follow her at @upneetaujla on Instagram.

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Nicole Felix-Tovar

Nicole is an 18-year-old Colombian-Ecuadorian advocate for STEM and equitable opportunity from Florida. She works to power the blossoming of change-makers from minority and underserved backgrounds, uplifting women in the process. Nicole also contributes to The Student Scientist.

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Maneesa V.

Maneesa is a non-binary Tamil, Hindu, born and raised in Scarborough. Their work has been published by Room Turtle Island Responds, Juste Milieu Lit & Art Zine, Nuance, and shown at the Duluth Art Institute. At the moment, they're a student, youth educator and interdisciplinary artist.

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Preveena Jayabalan

Preevena is an 18-year-old writer, activist, bibliophile and aspiring doctor. A proud feminist, she believes in equal freedom for women and aspires to empower women through the power of a pen. Preevena currently works as an Arts and Culture Writer for Affinity Magazine and she enjoys debating.

Abeeda Hussain

Abeeda is a 16-year-old aspiring journalist and activist from Nigeria who can often be found writing, reading, and shopping online for clothes under the false pretense that she'll buy anything. She aspires to give back to her community through journalism in order to empower female Muslims worldwide.

Daleelah Saleh

Daleelah is a 16-year-old activist and poet from Queens, NY. A fierce intersectional feminist, she believes in fighting against systems of oppression, protecting marginalized communities, and increasing positive representation in media and literature. She uses her writing to make space for others.

Fatimata Cham

Fatimata is a senior in high school and an active reader and writer. In her free time, she writes poetry, works with GirlUp, and blogs for Muslim Youth Musics and MissHeard Media. She is compassionate and committed to the concrete betterment of the people around her.

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Helena Barros

Helena is a 15-year-old Brazilian who currently writes for Affinity Magazine; she hopes her words reach out and empower young women across the world. She has an undeniable passion for books and wants to use her voice to encourage others to use theirs. 

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Ibnat Islam

Ibnat is a 17-year-old writer and aspiring activist from Toronto, Canada. From a young age, she's been interested in politics and social justice, and this passion has been only uplifted through her writing. She hopes to empower as many women as she can through he work. She loves reading and is always down for a good nap.

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Sharayna Pogaku

Sharanya is a 16-year-old from New Jersey, passionate about tech, entrepreneurship, and supporting girls. She is involved in GirlUp, has arranged period packing parties for homeless women, and is the social media coordinator for GirlzFTW: a global mentorship program for girls. In her free time, you can catch her reading, dancing, playing soccer, or hanging out with her dog, Gucci.

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Asha Pruitt

Asha is an 18-year-old writer and activist from Salt Lake City. She directed the first-ever Utah chapters of March For Our Lives and Period Inc. She enjoys debating politics or acting in theatrical productions. If all goes well, in 20 years you’ll find her passing legislation as a member of Congress.

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Anshumi Jhaveri

Anshumi is a 14-year-old aspiring Corporate Lawyer, activist and freshman from Houston, TX. An advocate for womxns' human rights, she serves as Outreach Director for the GirlUp Southeast Texas Coalition board. Her love for politics and advocacy comes from participating in her school's Varsity Debate Team.

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Kratika Tandon

From the small town of Dunlap, Illinois, Kratika is a passionate speaker, leader, and activist.. When she's not struggling under the ordeal that is junior year, Kratika spends her time competing at speech tournaments, rewatching Jane the Virgin, and  pictures of her dog Daisy.

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Aarushi Ganguly

Aarushi resides in Michigan. A third place winner in the national CSPAN studentcam documentary contest, she is passionate about storytelling through video. She is a nationally ranked golfer, youth activist, and small-time booktuber, who hopes to study public health in college.

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Uma Bhat

Uma Bhat is a sixteen-year-old Indian-American journalist and high school student living in Cary, North Carolina. She's passionate about social justice and has written articles on related subjects for  the New York Times. In the future, she aspires to work in International Diplomacy.

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Chinmayi Balusu

Chinmayi is a 16-year-old activist and aspiring physician-scientist from northern California. When she's not writing or pursuing her passion for STEM, Chinmayi can be found practicing taekwondo, creating poetry, or self-studying Italian. She hopes to help make the world a better place for all WOC.

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Aishwarya Babuji

Aishwarya is a 17-year-old aspiring writer from Orlando. As a first-generation Indian-American, she believes she can use her unique background to celebrate those like and unlike her. She hopes to be part of something much bigger than herself: the global cause of female empowerment. 

Tanvi Krishnakumar

Tanvi is a highly creative 17-year-old student hailing from Pune, India. She makes impact through art, whether that is articles, stories, poetry, films, plays, or music. Tanvi believes in uplifting minorities, which is why she joined the Homegirl Project. She hopes she can use her voice as a creative force for good.

Liberty Acosta

Liberty is a 16-year-old Mexican-American student from Dayton, Ohio. She is editor of her school's newspaper, president of the diversity club, and a competitive rower. A 2018 HERLead Fellow focusing on education for young women, Liberty works with the nonprofit Storybox Books.

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Ava Marshall

Ava Marshall lives in Texas. She's president of her school's Girl Up club and Black History club. She's an organizer of Students Amend, which counters community injustices. She enjoys writing poetry, working with the Houston TRUTH project, and serving as Publicity Director of GirlUp SE Texas.

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Natalie Davila

Natalie is an 18-year-old aspiring journalist and activist from Chicago. Through writing, Natalie has found her voice with politics and social justice. She hopes to use that voice to help those who are constantly silenced. Her work is published in Affinity Magazine.

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Gauri Sinha

Gauri is a 16-year-old writer, dreamer, and youth voice hailing from Pune, India. She loves threading together words with revolutions coiled inside of them. An unflagging exponent of equality and empowerment, she hopes to conquer the world, one article at a time. Her works are published in Affinity Magazine and her blog.

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Alicia Nagda

Alicia is a 15 year-old activist and feminist from Ocala, Florida. She is editor-in-chief of her school’s newsletter and became interested in politics at a young age. A first generation Indian-American, she is excited to create an outlet for her generation. Alicia hopes to be a role model and leader for young women like her who are trying to be the change.

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Amanda Neves

Amanda is a 18-year-old college student and aspiring lawyer. She's from Florida, but grew up in five countries, and is first-generation Brazilian-American. When she’s not studying or sleeping, she enjoys reading history textbooks and is active in Model UN. Amanda wishes to highlight beauty in diversity.

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Aditi Narayanan

Aditi is a 16-year-old activist from Phoenix. She’s Vice Chair of High School Dems of Arizona and interns for the Democratic Party and Planned Parenthood. She founded and edits The Prickly Pear Progressive, as well as Zero Hour, an organization that lobbies politically for climate justice. 

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Victoria Lee

Vic is a 26-year-YOUNG creative. Whether it's through her personal blog, poetry, painting, or music, she always shares her honest self. Vic lives in Brooklyn, NY, and she's falling in love with the greatest city in the world. She's also a content contributor for the Asian American Girl Club.

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Andrea Manning

Andrea is a 19-year old student at the University of Georgia. Andrea expresses her self-discovery through writing and activism and seeks to uplift herself and communities around her through education and service. She loves the color yellow, podcasts, reading, and sleeping.

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Giselle Conteras

Gisselle Contreras is a 16-year-old mental health advocate who enjoys writing, photography, and videography. She founded HumanitaryTeens to inform youth about current issues. She loves reading, listening to music, painting and going on long walks.

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Magdalena Augustine

Magdalena is a 17-year-old Houstonian. When not writing for her youth advocacy website Young People On!, she can be found at rehearsals with her theatre troupe. She hopes to either become a legislator or a female comedian like Issa Rae.

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illustrators.

Manaal Sheikh

Manaal is a 15-year-old activist, artist, and sophomore. She advocates for equality and uses her artistic vision, through graphic design and visual art, to highlight issues in our society. She hopes the Homegirl Project will uplift women who have contributed to society.

Vy Nguyen

Vy is a Vietnamese-American calligrapher from Florida. While art has always been part of her life, calligraphy recently became her main passion. Vy aspires to use her art to empower others and highlight contemporary issues. When she’s not making art, she can be found listening to music, dreaming of a future business, and baking up a storm.

Divya Seshadri

Divya works as a writer and art director at an advertising agency by day, and an illustrator at night. When she's not fighting Internet racists, you can catch Divya at Harry Potter trivia, obsessing over her cat, or painting murals. You can see her work at divyaseshadri.com.

Safiya Dewji

Safiya is 16 years old, currently in her junior year at Seminole High School. When she isn’t playing tennis, completing homework, or planning lessons for her local Sunday School class, Safiya is always doing an art project. She uses her art to portray the difficulties faced by women who come from different cultures.

Abigail Estrada

Abigail is 15 and lives in Elgin, Illinois. She's a feminist, activist, Girl Up Teen Advisor, and student at the World Languages International Student Academy, where she studies Chinese. She's involved in DECA, Best Buddies, Latinos Unidos, Badminton, and Operation Snowflake.

contributors.

Harleen Roop

Harleen is a 19-year-old aspiring Human Rights lawyer from London. She wants to uplift issues faced within the South Asian community. In her spare time, she's a photographer who hopes to empower others to accept and love their best selves, exactly as they are.

Mahnoor Imran

Mahnoor is a Pakistani teen living in Qatar. An aspiring psychologist, she founded the Education Emotion project. Her fascination with the human mind gives her belief that understanding and acceptance are the key to humanity.

Nasri Maktal

Nasri is a 16-year-old student from Maplewood, Minnesota. She's a leader of the Women's Empowerment Club and Diversity Club at school. She also participates in Newspaper, speech, debate, volleyball, and track.

Zaynab Syed

Zaynab is from Pakistan and an enthusiast of unwashed politics. Passionate about human rights and feminism, her dream is to make humanity better for a better world. When she's not writing, eating, or sleeping, she's reading poetry or drinking tea a little too much a day. 

Vamika Sinha

Vamika is a 20-year-old student at NYU Abu Dhabi, majoring in Literature & Creative Writing with minors in Music and French. She grew up in Botswana and hopes to become a rad arts journalist and establish an office for Postscript Magazine.

Mishti Dhawan

Mishti is a 16-year-old leader from Seattle who is fascinated by activism, entrepreneurship, and science. She seeks to empower providing  STEM opportunities and workshops through her youth platform, STEMTeen.

Nono Mazibuko

Nono is a 21-year-old feminist and university student from Johannesburg, South Africa. Having lived in 3 African countries, she hopes to use her knowledge to expand the scope of feminism, which has largely been focused on the Global West through the Homegirl Project.

Kanti Chhetri

Kanti is a 17-year-old Nepali who currently lives in Florida. When she moved to the US as a child, she experienced the lack of representation for WOC firsthand, which inspired her to join The Homegirl Project.

Pranjal Jain

Pranjal Jain is a 17-year-old activist, social justice organizer, and badass beti. Undocumented for the first seven years of her life, she continues to promote justice in her community. Pranjal plans to run for office and change the world! 

Harleen Roop

Harleen is a 19-year-old aspiring Human Rights lawyer from London. She wants to uplift issues faced within the South Asian community. In her spare time, she's a photographer who hopes to empower others to accept and love their best selves, exactly as they are.

Mahnoor Imran

Mahnoor is a Pakistani teen living in Qatar. An aspiring psychologist, she founded the Education Emotion project. Her fascination with the human mind gives her belief that understanding and acceptance are the key to humanity.

Nasri Maktal

Nasri is a 16-year-old student from Maplewood, Minnesota. She's a leader of the Women's Empowerment Club and Diversity Club at school. She also participates in Newspaper, speech, debate, volleyball, and track.

Zaynab Syed

Zaynab is from Pakistan and an enthusiast of unwashed politics. Passionate about human rights and feminism, her dream is to make humanity better for a better world. When she's not writing, eating, or sleeping, she's reading poetry or drinking tea a little too much a day. 

Vamika Sinha

Vamika is a 20-year-old student at NYU Abu Dhabi, majoring in Literature & Creative Writing with minors in Music and French. She grew up in Botswana and hopes to become a rad arts journalist and establish an office for Postscript Magazine.

Mishti Dhawan

Mishti is a 16-year-old leader from Seattle who is fascinated by activism, entrepreneurship, and science. She seeks to empower providing  STEM opportunities and workshops through her youth platform, STEMTeen.

Nono Mazibuko

Nono is a 21-year-old feminist and university student from Johannesburg, South Africa. Having lived in 3 African countries, she hopes to use her knowledge to expand the scope of feminism, which has largely been focused on the Global West through the Homegirl Project.

Kanti Chhetri

Kanti is a 17-year-old Nepali who currently lives in Florida. When she moved to the US as a child, she experienced the lack of representation for WOC firsthand, which inspired her to join The Homegirl Project.

Pranjal Jain

Pranjal Jain is a 17-year-old activist, social justice organizer, and badass beti. Undocumented for the first seven years of her life, she continues to promote justice in her community. Pranjal plans to run for office and change the world! 

Harleen Roop

Harleen is a 19-year-old aspiring Human Rights lawyer from London. She wants to uplift issues faced within the South Asian community. In her spare time, she's a photographer who hopes to empower others to accept and love their best selves, exactly as they are.

Mahnoor Imran

Mahnoor is a Pakistani teen living in Qatar. An aspiring psychologist, she founded the Education Emotion project. Her fascination with the human mind gives her belief that understanding and acceptance are the key to humanity.

Nasri Maktal

Nasri is a 16-year-old student from Maplewood, Minnesota. She's a leader of the Women's Empowerment Club and Diversity Club at school. She also participates in Newspaper, speech, debate, volleyball, and track.

Zaynab Syed

Zaynab is from Pakistan and an enthusiast of unwashed politics. Passionate about human rights and feminism, her dream is to make humanity better for a better world. When she's not writing, eating, or sleeping, she's reading poetry or drinking tea a little too much a day. 

Vamika Sinha

Vamika is a 20-year-old student at NYU Abu Dhabi, majoring in Literature & Creative Writing with minors in Music and French. She grew up in Botswana and hopes to become a rad arts journalist and establish an office for Postscript Magazine.

Mishti Dhawan