Soo Bin Ahn - Executive Editor

Soo Bin Ahn – Executive Editor

My name is Soo Bin Ahn, and I have been a feminist from ever since I can remember- my earliest memory of fighting gender equality stemming all the way back from the age of four. An intern for the National Organization for Women in New York City, I got the idea for starting Fempowerment during a lunch break in the middle of Starbucks. When I am not speaking out against sexism, cultural appropriation, and other barriers that stand in the way of equality, I am found to be keeping up with news all over the world as an active Model United Nations participant, and hope to one day be involved within the United Nations. I am often found lost in the world of literature- reading and writing away my days- and enjoy spending quality time with my guitar and piano.

Alexandra Elaine - Staff Writer

Alexandra Elaine – Staff Writer

My name is Alexandra Elaine. I reside in sunny Florida and often participate in many common beach activities such as surfing, tanning, beach volleyball and swimming. I’m the shy age of eighteen. I am also attending school to be a corrections/parole officer for juveniles. As for feminism, it is a need for me. I’ve always been independent minded. While most of my good girlfriends were daydreaming about their future weddings or what to name their hypothetical children, I was thriving and working hard to be a career driven. That’s where feminism kicked in. I’m not any less of a woman because I don’t want to do the stereotypical roles a female is known to do. With that being said, I have no problem with a woman who feels happy staying home and taking care of the kids as long as she is happy and feels empowered.

Grace Montesano - Staff Writer

Grace Montesano – Staff Writer

I’m a 17 year old feminist who attends Colorado College. I’m undecided on a major, but hoping for Computer Science with a minor in Feminist and Gender Studies. Maybe I’ll throw political science in there somewhere. We’ll see what happens. I like red beans and rice, smashing the patriarchy, and Netflix. In my spare time, I run a zine about the oppression of women/lgbtq individuals, debate people on the internet, listen to Tegan and Sara, and do outdoorsy things. I’m extremely excited to be on the Fempowerment staff because writing about feminism has been a dream of mine for a long time. Hopefully I can bring something to the table, but if not it will be a fabulous learning opportunity! I feel grateful for this chance and happy to be fighting for such a wonderful cause.

Cassandra Rosewood - Staff Writer

Cassandra Rosewood – Staff Writer

I’m Cassandra Rosewood, a 20-year-old bisexual trans woman from England, pre-everything and ultimately likely to stay that way for a while. I did not begin reading about feminism until age 18, and was greatly enthralled by the movement’s ability to provide me the language necessary to talk about experiences which I had previously taken as simply ‘the way things are’. Feminism, in spite of its problematic aspects, is a movement with a great potential for positive social change, and I try my best each day to be a part of this change.
Here are some random facts about me:
* I spent 7 years at an all-male school – needless to say, misogyny, homophobia and transphobia were all extremely common.
* In true English fashion, I drink 4 cups of tea a day.
* I have been an avid gamer since age 3!
* On average, my typing speed is 75-80 WPM.

Negeen Sadeghi – Staff Writer

I am 19 year-old UCLA student majoring in political science with aspirations to attend law school and pursue a career in politics in the international arena. When I’m not studying, I am focusing my efforts as Chair of the United Nations Association’s youth program for Southern California, the Co-President of the Iranian-American Women Foundation’s youth program, part of the Executive Board of the Network of Iranian Professionals of Orange County, and a writer for Fempowerment. If you haven’t noticed, I love to be busy! My introduction to feminism came from my father; he made it his mission to instill the importance of working toward gender equality and dispelling boundaries I would encounter. Moreover, my affinity for feminism and international relations has propelled my interest in working toward universal gender equality. Some of my favorite things include: macaroni and cheese, singing, reading, giraffes, black coffee, and punk music.

Nyapal Gatkuoth – Staff Writer

My name is Nyapal Gatkuoth, and I am an 18 year old San Diego native in her first year of college at San Diego City majoring in biological sciences. I am very passionate about animal rights, civil rights, and as you’ll learn from my writings here on Fempowerment, the modern day feminist movement. My career goals include graduating with a PhD from a university in the East Coast, spending some time in the Peace Corps, and working with Doctors Without Borders. I have many different hobbies including film making, writing and photography. My favorite artists include Chris Ofili, Yinka Shonibare and Jenny Saville. I hope to one day create films that educated people on my many passions. In my personal life, I enjoys doing things that just about every other young person my age can be found doing such as spending time with friends and family, hanging out at the beach or listening to music.

Jonathan Steinklein - Staff Writer

Jonathan Steinklein – Staff Writer

I am a 21 year old Sociology major from New Jersey, USA. I am into feminism because of my sociology background and I enjoy sociology very much as a discipline. I have interests in things like movies, books, music, basically any media. I’m a media junkie. I use media as a way to learn and expand my mind as well as just entertainment. I consider myself a punk in that I love the music but it’s also a lifestyle and way of thinking that focuses on freedom and nonconformity. I am a feminist because I love women and I think they get the short end of the stick in many instances. Feminism also preaches equality which is my ultimate goal as well. I help run the feminist blog “thefourthwavebegins” and I want to write for Fempowerment because if I am on 2 feminist blogs I can do double the good for the movement and that makes me think I am making a difference.

Billieanne Stone – Staff Writer

My name is Billieanne, I’m a 20 year old English Major from Virginia. I plan on teaching high school English, doing freelance writing, and becoming a Senator one day. I am an avid reader and I can’t read one book at a time. I’m currently reading six books right now; most of them are feminism related. I love reading the news and keeping up with feminist publications. Someday I want to be able to write for Feministing, Bitch, BUST or Ms. I love comic books (I wish I had more time to read them), Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Xena Warrior Princess, Wonder Woman, The Avengers, music and dogs. I love playing acoustic guitar and acoustic music has a special place in my heart.

Mahnush Mashayekh – Staff Writer

I am a college student pursuing an anthropology major with a pre-dental emphasis aspiring to specialize in oral and maxillofacial surgery. As a feminist, I disrepute comments regarding the impracticality of a surgeon’s profession for a woman and strive to discredit such beliefs by using its negativity to fuel my ambition. While I have an aversion for television and the eminent biases of mainstream media, I do enjoy cinema and have a soft spot for horror flicks. And of course, anyone who knows me would vouch on my obsession with minions, and ducks – especially Donald Duck. Essential components of my daily life include: punk rock music, air guitar solos, obnoxious dance parties amidst 405 traffic, making a fool of myself in the public sector, running into inanimate objects, thought-provoking literature, paranormal pursuits, any and all forms of caffeine, as well as sugary confections. I also believe it is important to note that my favorite hominid is Australopithecus afarensis.

Tamara Meyerhoff – Staff Writer

Hello, I’m currently a junior Social Work major with concentrations in Family Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies at St. Olaf College. Though I spend most of the year in chilly Minnesota, my hometown is in Southern California. I would label myself as a recent feminist. This is not because I was ever against equality, but because I only knew of the stereotypes surrounding the word. Last semester I took a course in feminist theology and it absolutely opened my mind. I found myself connecting the dots between gender, sex, race, class, and every other aspect of human identity. This is why I hope to bring awareness to the problem of promoting single identity views on feminism and (though I hate the term) women’s issues. In my free time besides doing the usual of hanging out with friends and family, I enjoy window-shopping and scrounging through antique stores for the pre-edited Nancy Drew novels. For those who don’t know, the original Nancy Drew character was a breakthrough for gender stereotypes starting in the 1930s! I also love cute animal photos, rooibus tea, and traveling the world.


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