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Intern Biographies

Get to know the wonderfully talented and funny interns from the summer of 2010!

Zoë Barth-Werb Nakita Dziegielewski Alessandra G. Jennifer Hanson Laurel Keys Rebecca Klein

Jacqui Logan Laura Miller Dena Robinson Kari Ross Kashay Sanders Alison Tanner Victoria Turcios

Zoë Barth-Werb

College/University:Tufts University

Major/Minor: History, Women’s Studies

Favorite Words of Wisdom: "When I dare to be powerful - to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid." - Audre Lorde

Dirty Little Secret: I’ve seen every episode of the Secret Life of the American Teenager.

Future Feminist Schemes: Gee, Brain, what do you want to do tonight? The same thing we do every night, Pinky - try to take over the world! (And then maybe I'll go abroad, write a thesis and eventually, graduate.)

The best part about being a feminist is ... being a part of a community that is simultaneously bold and self-critical.

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Nakita Dziegielewski

College/University: Valdosta State University

Major/Minor: Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies

Favorite Words of Wisdom: "To have passion means to feel, to risk, to dream, and to live. We only have one life in our lifetime - lets not waste it."
- Joyce Meyer

Fun Fact: I love, love, love to COOK!!! I’m a gluten-free vegan so I make great, amazing, healthy food that most of my friends enjoy.

Future Feminist Schemes: My future feminist schemes are to LIVE life to the fullest, LOVE life to the fullest, pursue my passion for LEARNING, and to spend every moment in HAPPINESS and LAUGHTER while helping those around me… I could get all structured here and say I’m going to do xyz, but in life your plans are never 100%!

I am a feminist because... the title encompasses an ideology that thousands of women have embraced to give them comfort, guidance, and self assurance. It is definition of what is right and just in this world. It is a title that women proudly display to let everyone know that they stand for justice and will not back down. It is a title that is to be reckoned with! It is a word that ties me to the women of my past who fought for what we women are still fighting for today. Being a feminist to me is more than just a self-identifying title, it is a word whose meaning is ever evolving with the underlying messages of fighting for the justice of all… Which I plan to do till the day I die.

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Alessandra G.

College/University: UC Berkeley

Major/Minor: Political Science

Favorite Words of Wisdom: "Action, with all its uncertainties, is like an ever-present reminder that men, though they must die, are not born in order to die but in order to begin something new." -Hannah Arendt

Your Dirty Little Secret or Fun Fact: I’m a complete foodie and my feelings of separation anxiety from the delicious street food and dives of the Bay Area have driven me to take up cooking – quite a departure from my formerly tumultuous relationship with the kitchen.

Future Feminist Schemes: I’m applying for graduate programs and taking life one step at a time. I’ve learned you can only plan so much before life starts happening without you.That however, has not kept me from dreaming. I believe that discourse is central to any type of societal change and my dreams really reflect that. I want to be a professor and write, but long term I’d also love to open a café that both promotes sustainable food and the idea that eating should be an experience – not just of the body but the mind as well, and that this should be shared with other people. I think such settings are ideal for encouraging a culture of discourse.

I’m a feminist because… I believe in equality, not just between women and men but between all people – male, female, intersex, and transgender

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Jennifer Hanson

College/University: Westminster College

Major/Minor: International Business/Political Science and Women’s Studies

Favorite Words of Wisdom:"No one should have to dance backward all of their lives."
-Jill Ruckelshaus

My Dirty Little Secret : I like dipping my French fries in milk shakes.

Future Feminist Schemes: I want to continue to learn and promote a world based on equality.

The best part about being a feminist the look you get when you tell someone.

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Laurel Keys

College/University: Louisiana State University

Major/Minor: Business Management and Women’s and Gender Studies

Favorite Words of Wisdom: "My idea of feminism is self-determination, and it's very open-ended: every woman has the right to become herself, and do whatever she needs to do"
- Ani Difranco

Fun Fact: I eat ice cream every day.

Future Feminist Schemes: At the moment, I plan to earn a doctorate in Women’s Studies and become a professor.

The best part about being a feminist is...being in DC all summer interning at FMF!!!

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Rebecca Klein

College/University: Brandeis University

Major/Minor: American Studies/Politics with a minor in Journalism

Favorite Words of Wisdom: "Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens."
Kahlil Gibran

Fun Fact: I like to make up fun facts about myself that are totally untrue!

Future Feminist Schemes: In the immediate future, I plan to go back to school and delay making future-related decisions for as long as possible. 

I first realized I was a feminist when... my mom took me to the March for Women’s Lives in 2004. It was amazing to see all the different types of people who believed in choice.

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Jacqui Logan

College/University: Davidson College

Major/Minor: Political Science Major; Concentration in Gender Studies

Favorite Words of Wisdom: I recently just discovered Full Frontal Feminism and am in love with Jessica Valenti – my favorite quote of hers (one of them anyway), “Feminism not only allows you to see through the bullshit that would make you think there’s something wrong with you, but also offers ways to make you feel good about yourself and to have self-respect without utilizing any mom-popular sayings, like ‘Keep your legs together,’ or boy-popular screamings, like ‘Show me your tits!’ Really, imagine how nice it would be to realize that all the stuff you’ve been taught that makes you feel crappy just isn’t true. It’s like self-help times one hundred.”

Fun Fact: I love chicken wings, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, people watching, that Rick Astley song, and Wikipedia… and America, of course.

Future Feminist Schemes: I’m going to go back to school, probably do a little bit of studying and whatnot, and help young women on campus learn how to love themselves! And keep up with my feministly minded blog… Woot!

The best part about being a feminist is...that it enables me to live a life full of self-respect. Life is just so much better that way.

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Laura Miller

College/University: Penn State University

Major/Minor: English and International Politics

Favorite Words of Wisdom: “Eleanor Roosevelt understood that every one of us every day has choices to make about the kind of person we are and what we wish to become. You can decide to be someone who brings people together, or you can fall prey to those who wish to divide us. You can be someone who educates yourself, or you can believe that being negative is clever and being cynical is fashionable. You have a choice.”- Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Your Dirty Little Secret: I have been trained to run through fire!

Future Feminist Schemes: I am about to enter my junior year at Penn State. Post graduation, I am very interested in attending Law school however, I plan on taking that first semester off to work on Obama’s re-election campaign. Also, If Hillary Clinton ever decided to run for president again, I would drop everything to be apart of her campaign every step of the way.

I first realized I was a feminist...about the same time I realized that I needed to breathe to survive. I can’t ever remember not being a feminist or holding feminist views. I honestly think that I never so much realized that I was a feminist as much as I realized there were people who WEREN’T feminists and that these were people I needed to take a stand against.

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Dena Robinson

College/University: Colgate University

Major/Minor: Political Science and Women’s Studies

Favorite Words of Wisdom: “It takes a disciplined person to listen to convictions which are different from their own.” -Dorothy Fuldheim

Favorite Feminist Author: bell hooks and Audre Lorde

Fun Fact: I’m almost obsessed with fiber and my consumption of it. Weird, I know.

Future Feminist Schemes: In the future I plan to run for political office and eventually become President. Or, become a Supreme Court Justice. Or, just become a political science professor.

I am a feminist because… it gives me the opportunity to speak out for the grave injustices occurring against all oppressed peoples. I am a feminist because it allows me to be the voice for all who are silenced for whatever reasons. I am a feminist because I believe in equality for all. And I am a feminist because feminists rock and we know what we want and how to get it.

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Kari Ross

College/University: Salem College

Major/Minor: English and Women's Studies: Women's Advocacy

Favorite Words of Wisdom: "The question we must ask again and again is how can racist women call themselves feminists." - bell hooks

Dirty Little Secret: I can make balloon animals and I have a tattoo on my ankle that says "Gender roles are boring".

Future Feminist Schemes: After graduating at the end of the 2011 school year I will either go to law school or grad school or get a job. All three of those will entail being outspokenly radical and feminist. I'm hoping to keep my blog going and hopefully get it a bit more out there. And of course there will always be plenty of feminist debauchery in my everyday life!

The best part of being a feminist is...seeing that you can create change for the better. Even if you don't individually change something on a global or national scale, you change the lives of the people around you and who interact with you. I can see the impact feminism has made on the lives of my friends through me, and I've realized that a lot of good is done by being a feminist and sharing it with others.

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Kashay Sanders

College/University: Dartmouth College

Major/Minor:Women & Gender Studies/ Japanese and Anthropology

Favorite Feminist Author: bell hooks

Fun Fact: I am almost the quintessential “girly” girl.  However, to the surprise (and horror) of my friends, growing up, I was an avid fan of Professional Wrestling, a.k.a the WWE (i.e. The Rock, Hulk Hogan, The Undertaker…). It was how I bonded with the men in my family and even now, when it’s on, I can still sit and watch it. It’s just a soap opera for guys, right?

Future Feminist Schemes:ah, the future… That’s been the center of most office talk! My plans aren’t super solidified but my hope is to do post-graduate research or community service abroad, as related to gender issues. After that I am considering either law school or obtaining a Masters degree in public policy. My ultimate goal is to put myself in a position that will allow me to forward gender equity both domestically and abroad.

I first realized I was a feminist when... I wrote an essay on flappers. I was sixteen and the essay question was “Who do you admire?” I wrote 2 or 3 pages about breaking status quo and redefining womanhood. After that, I feel as if I suddenly became “the feminist” to everyone who knew me. And I was proud of that.

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Alison Tanner

College/University: University of California, Davis

Major/Minor: Women Studies/Education, Writing, and Political Science

Favorite Words of Wisdom: “Shoot for the moon; even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars”

Favorite Feminist Author: Louisa May Alcott

Future Feminist Schemes: A life of public service

I am a feminist because…of all my family and friends who are strong women.

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Victoria Turcios

College/University: Trinity University

Major/Minor: Psychology/Women's Studies

Favorite Words of Wisdom: "Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I may, for it may not always be so. One day I shall dig my nails into the earth, or bury my face in the pillow, or stretch myself taut, or raise my hands to the sky and want, more than all the world, your return."
-Mary Jean Iron

Fun Fact: Somedays I sport an attachable mustache just for laughs.

Future Feminist Schemes: Use my degree in psychology to provide therapy to women and girls. I hope to focus on boosting self-esteem and teaching self-acceptance/love.

I first realized I was a feminist when...when I opened my eyes at birth, or sometime before then. It might have been passed down in my genes from my mother.

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