Meet the Team: Tennessee Students Taking on Amendment 1 Tell Us Why They’re Feminists

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By Alicia McElhaney
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Students in Tennessee are leading the fight against Amendment 1, a dangerous and far-reaching proposed change to Tennessee’s constitution that would open the floodgates for draconian abortion restrictions in the state. We’re right there with them. These are their faces!

Kathryn Travis

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Kathryn, right, at an FMF event!

I’m 21, and I was born and raised in Greeneville, Tennessee. Not the smallest of towns, but not big by any means. I led a pretty normal childhood, but as I got older I realized my views were not the views of my peers and family. I started to feel isolated. I didn’t really know what to do with my life. Then I came to East Tennessee State University and found a calling. Feminism and reproductive justice was where I found belonging in college. I met people who felt as isolated as I did but for different reasons. I learned that being stared in the face by the decision to end a pregnancy was a lonely place when you didn’t have help and support. It is for all my friends, and anyone else who ever experienced this, that I wish to bring safe and legal reproductive justice to this state.

Anna Greer

Anna Greer

I’m a freshman at the University of Tennessee majoring in Global Studies. An International Baccalaureate Diplomate, I’m also a Half the Sky Ambassador, a member of UT’s Chancellor’s Honors Program, and a member of the Women’s Coordinating Council, which is part of UT’s Central Programming Council. I play on UT’s Quidditch Team, write for the student newspaper The Daily Beacon, and am a member of the Baker Center Living and Learning Community for Public Policy. I also dress as Princess Anna to read to children on Saturday mornings. Go Vols!

Jordan Adams

Jordan Adams

I am a professional studies major with a minor in women and gender studies. I am a junior at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee. Being a survivor has brought me into the wonderful world of feminism. I am the Vice President of FMLA on campus and absolutely love what I do.  Women’s issues is something that I am very passionate about and would love to educate and spread awareness as my career!

Katie Marie Fresolone

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I am a senior at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. I am studying history focused in race and gender with a minor in women’s studies. Luckily, Chattanooga is located in the Appalachian Mountains; so, I like to spend a lot of time in the woods hiking and swimming. I love traveling and reading. I am a huge Harry Potter nerd, and I can quote Mean Girls in every conversation. I hope to pursue a career in victim advocacy or prosecution of rape and domestic abuse of inner city girls.

Lillie Substen

Lillie Substen

I am a freshman at the University of Tennessee. I have lived in Chattanooga my entire life and have always noticed a need for a an active feminist space. In my senior year in high school, I organized a march against rape culture call Not Guilty. It was a huge success and I plan on making this an annual event in the city of Chattanooga. Since then I’ve been seeking out every opportunity I could find to work on social justice campaigns. Over the summer, I volunteered extensively with the Yes Chattanooga campaign, which was attempting to give domestic partnership benefits for gay couples who work for the city as well as pass anti-discrimination laws, making it illegal to fire someone simply for being gay or transgender. We lost this measure but it was when I was working on Yes that I met Danielle Walker. Danielle is one of the main organizers for the Vote No One Campaign in Chattanooga. After becoming her intern, she introduced me to The Feminist Majority Foundation and the position as campus organizer. I sincerely that, though these efforts, I can help to make both amendment 1 and feminism in general more visible on my campus.

Danah Tatum

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I am a senior at Middle Tennessee State University majoring in criminal justice administration with a minor in Spanish. I have been actively involved with several campaigns within my time here. I specialize in planning and organizing creative and informative events and programs for students on campus. I am the founder and president of the Tennessee Student Justice Alliance – an organization designed to give students a platform to creatively advocate and bring awareness to their fellow students. I am also the vice president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored people on MTSU’s campus. I feel that it is my responsibility to continue pushing students to become civically involved and even more so to demand our government respect all human rights. Some of my hobbies include rock climbing, singing during my alone time, and being around the people I love. This campaign means to me fighting for pro choice and inevitably my voice in Tennessee!

Kalemah Taalib-Din

Kalemah Taalib-Din

I’m a sophomore at the University of Tennessee- Knoxville. I transferred from American University in Washington, DC. I am majoring in Women’s & Gender Studies and Business Administration. I spend a lot of my time organizing and volunteering on campus when I’m not studying. I’m very eager to work as a lawyer focusing in women’s rights. Initially I’ll begin as a lawyer for domestic violence cases. I later plan on doing some work abroad with women’s rights. Finally, on down the line, I want to work with public policy making. Working with the Feminist Majority Foundation is the beginning of a promising career advocating for women’s rights!

Kevanna “Kevvi” West

Kevanna West

I am a junior at Middle Tennessee State University pursuing a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in dance; my dream is to become a dance movement therapist someday. In my spare time, I enjoy making music, crafting, baking, dancing and binge watching Once Upon a Time on Netflix. In addition, I also love being involved in my community, as president of the MTSU student organization To Write Love on Her Arms, a member of Students Active for Feminism and Equality, and a volunteer at Youth Empowerment through Arts and Humanities I get to do a lot of fun stuff and meet tons of nifty people. This love for a busy schedule is actually how I stumbled upon the Vote No on 1 Campaign. My plans as a student organizer are to combat the disinformation that is being disseminated in the media across the state. My partner, Danah Tatum, and I will be accomplishing this through tabling, leafleting, planning several parties with purpose, as well as training others to spread the word. ​

Whitney Graham

Whitney Graham

I’m native of Chattanooga, Tennessee but decided in high school that I would like to go to a historically black college to pursue a degree in the humanities. Now, I’m a graduating senior at Tennessee State University, where I’m pursuing a bachelor degree in English with minors in Spanish and women’s studies.  Since enrolling at TSU I have been active both socially and academically: I’ve been on every Dean’s List since my freshmen year and am a member of various organizations, such as the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs, Incorporated-Women of Empowerment, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Golden Key International Honour Society, Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society, and the Alpha Psi chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.  I intend to one day work in the public sector and bring about reforms that will help minorities in all aspects, including but not limited to their health and education. I think the work the Feminist Majority Foundation is doing is a necessity because they promote physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

Alicia Clark

Alicia Clark

I am a second-year graduate student studying anthropology at the University of Memphis. I’m a feminist because I believe equality and having control over your own body are human rights.

By Alicia McElhaney

Alicia is an FMF intern and a journalism major at University of Maryland. At UMD, she teaches body positive fitness classes and hosts her own radio show. For fun, she likes to bake, pet puppies (preferably wiener dogs) and hike.

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