Welcome Summer 2016 Interns: Part 1

By Edwith Theogene
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The Feminist Majority Foundation offers internships throughout the year in our Washington, DC and Los Angeles offices. We are so excited to have a new class of Interns join us this summer. Interns are an essential part of the Feminist Majority Foundation office and perform a wide variety of responsibilities, including monitoring press conferences, research, web and social media outreach and writing, event and community organizing, public policy analysis, organizational networking, media relations, and monitoring Congressional hearings. Each intern works closely with a staff member in order to learn directly from hands on experience and to contribute to substantive projects. Check out our Summer 2016 Interns below!

 

Ayana AlbAyanaertini-Fleurant
College/University & Major: Howard University, Political Science
FMF Projects: Government Relations, Campus
What Feminist Issues are you most passionate about: Black Feminism, Feminist Politics
What are you most excited about living in D.C.? I can’t wait to experience DC outside of campus life and connect with other interns from other parts of the country, learning about the different political climate of each area.
Favorite Place in DC: Howard University’s Campus & U St

Fearless. Flawless. Feminist. My goal while working for the Feminist Majority Foundation is to incorporate those words into my life and the lives of other girls and women. My name is Ayana Albertini-Fleurant, Brooklyn native, current Massachusetts resident and Howard University second year student. Leaving my small Massachusetts suburb for my HBCU in Washington, DC, I was determined to become purposeful in fulfilling my passions for fighting the big issues: feminism, race, and the environment. The Feminist Majority Foundation takes on women’s issues while also recognizing the intersections of each issue. If you can’t see how the Flint water crisis or the Taliban’s influence on Afghan society falls under the umbrella of feminism, rethink your stance. Women, half of the world’s population, face a number of issues and oppressions that directly impact their womanhood. The Feminist Majority Foundation is one of the few women’s rights organizations that attempts to address these numerous issues, and that’s why I’m here. I’m determined to work with the Foundation to address these issues at the highest level, putting pressure on lawmakers to respond to the needs of women across the country. Ultimately I hope to gain the essential skills and knowledge required to make lasting change in the political world for the parts of American society that have been marginalized the most. Along the way, I hope to encourage as many girls and women as possible to understand and embrace all that Feminism is.

Brooke KendallBrooke
College/University & Major: Wright State University, Psychology with a minor in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies
FMF Projects: Government Relations, Campus
What Feminist Issues are you most passionate about: I’m most Passionate about: Reproductive, social and racial justice
What are you most excited about living in D.C.? I can’t wait to experience DC outside of campus life and connect with other interns from other parts of the country, learning about the different political climate of each area.
Favorite Place in DC: On the Orange line on the correct metro… which is rare

I’m interning with the Feminist Majority Foundation to expand my activism opportunities, engage myself in progressive politics, have a better understanding of the non-profit world and bring knowledge back to my home state, Ohio. I plan to leave here as a stronger Feminist with the knowledge of  how to better advocate for the women in my area and across the country.

 

 

Anna Greer
College/University & Major: University of Tennessee, Knoxville/ Social Justice and Storytelling: Promoting Human Rights Through Comics
FMF Projects: Campus, Media
What Feminist Issues are you most passionate about: Reproductive Justice
What are you most excited about living in D.C.?  I’m excited to be living the West Wing dream in DC
Favorite Place in DC: I love the independent bookstore Capitol Hill Books. It consists of three floors crammed to the gills with books. You have to be careful to not trip over the stacks of books clogging the stairs and hallways, and the foreign language section is stuffed in the bathroom.

I’m Anna Greer, and I hail from Knoxville, TN and attend the University of Tennessee. My major is Social Justice and Storytelling: Promoting Human Rights Through Comics. You might think I’m a nerd, because I am one. I play quidditch, video games, and cosplay. But I’m also a nerd about feminism. Heroes don’t have to wear tights and a cape to work for justice. Interning with the Feminist Majority Foundation is an incredible opportunity, not just to fight for change, but also to see how it’s done at a national and international level. I’ve worked with FMF before (I’m president of the Feminist Alliance at UT), and I wholeheartedly believe in their mission and work. My brand of activism will involve storytelling and art, and working with the Feminist Campus Team will give me experience in using media for social justice. This is also a time ripe for change, and I want to be in the room where it happens. I know I can take these tools learned from FMF and bring them back to my campus to bring about effective change and shape my future as a feminist and activist. I am not throwing away my shot!

 

KillianKillian McDonald
Hometown: Columbia, SC
College/University & Major: Clemson University, Political Science and Women’s Leadership
FMF Projects: Government Relations and South Carolina Ballot Project
What Feminist Issue are you most passionate about? I am most passionate about women’s healthcare and reproductive rights
What are you most excited about living in D.C.? I am most excited about meeting and working with so many like-minded feminist (I am from South Carolina)
Favorite place in D.C.: The orange line shoved between two people

Hey everyone! My name is Killian McDonald and I am from Columbia, South Carolina. I am a rising junior at Clemson University studying Political Science and Women’s Leadership. I would love to pursue a Masters degree after I graduate in women and public policy, and work as a lobbyist for women’s healthcare. After learning about the United States’ increasing maternal mortality rate, I was inspired to fight for women’s rights to accessible healthcare. I am extremely excited to be interning at the Feminist Majority Foundation this summer because this internship grants me an opportunity to make a real impact on women’s health and reproductive rights. Coming from the south, it is a rare opportunity to be surrounded with so many feminist advocates with unique experiences and viewpoints. This internship is an opportunity for me to grow as a feminist and learn how to spread my feminist ideals back home in South Carolina. Through the Feminist Majority Foundation, I want to learn how to effectively lobby for women’s reproductive rights. Women need strong advocates to protect our right to accessible and affordable healthcare. I want to leave this internship with a better understanding of my own ability to achieve this goal. I am excited to explore what it means to be a feminist and DC with a great group of interns!

 

Hannah FersterHannah
College/University and Major: College of William & Mary, undecided (for now)
FMF Projects: Mifepristone and Women’s Health Research, National Clinic Access Project
What Feminist Issue are you most passionate about? Women’s health and reproductive justice
What are you most excited about living in DC? Meeting more feminist activists and attending events in DC

Hey there! My name is Hannah Ferster. Originally from Rockville, Maryland, I just finished my freshman year at William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Though I’m still undecided about my major, I’ve narrowed it down to a choice between Sociology and American Studies. I’m planning to work in the health industry eventually, so I’m also considering minoring in Public Health and doing the Pre-Med program. On campus, I’m involved in VOX: Voices for Planned Parenthood, Amnesty International, and William & Mary’s student volunteer resource center for combating sexual assault and harassment. My main passions are women’s health and reproductive justice, and I’m extremely excited to be interning at FMF this summer and working on these issues. I’m hoping to meet as many like-minded feminists in DC as I can, as well as get a better idea of possible career paths that combine health care and feminism. I’m also looking forward to becoming exposed to broader feminist issues, and to learn as much as possible about the actions being taken by strong activists to alleviate them. Most of all, I can’t wait to contribute to efforts working for the improvement of women’s access to health care.

 

By Edwith Theogene

Edwith is an intersectional social justice activist and advocate passionate about issues that impact women and communities of color. She is a Washington D.C. based South Florida Native who loves people, quotes, coffee, and pop culture, especially 90’s tv shows.

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