Sarah Anne Ambrose
The patriarchal ordination structure of the Catholic Church is persistently giving the women who want to include themselves, and the men who desire to uplift these women, the opportunity to choose to turn inward and include one’s center of self in the self-inclusion process. And the exclusive structure of the church cannot extinguish what we feel inside.
JesusIncludedMe firmly believes everything starts with the self and that the solution is embedded in the simultaneous occurrence of study and movement, inspiring a platform devoted to the sharing of personal narratives of inclusion, or lack thereof, or both, in the Catholic Church and society-life at large. This is done through a female-inclusive podcast and website of writings. With this sharing, women, universally, may come to recognize just how included they were, through the processing and healing of their exclusion experiences. When we come to recognize just how included we were, the possibilities of how included we can feel are discovered.
AHA: The Accessibility Initiative
Partnerships: Tanase Popa (Ryan Murphy Television, Half Initiative), Erica Kay (Producer, Fosse, FX Network), Olivia Weseley (NYC Teen Film Festival)
Entertainment is a very niche industry and exposure to pre-professional experiences are hard to find for young adults who do not have connections. The industry lacks a strong bridge between pre-profession and professional, which leads to a community that influences entertainment that is not representative of all the many different people who are exposed to entertainment. This problem needs a solution that goes from the bottom up because no matter your race, gender or age, everyone deserves to tell their stories. AHA is a mentorship program for high school students to make the entertainment industry more accessible and representative.
Through partnering with Olivia Weseley, the founder of the NYC Teen Film Festival and connections in the entertainment industry, I have created the first event for the mentorship program. We are going to visit the set of Fosse, a new FX show and talk to many people on set and see how productions work. We will speak to Tommy Kale (Director of Hamilton), Joel Fields (Emmy award winning writer/ creator/ show runner of The Americans), Erica Kay (Producer of many award winning shows) and get to hear from various departments on set as well such as costume, camera etc. Through these events, students will have the unique opportunity to learn and have exposure to entertainment professionals. They will foster relationships and hopefully create “aha moments” (hence the name of the project) for the students’ futures.
Eleanor Cornell and Natalie Trono
Dimes & Sense
Partnerships: Lean In leaninatcu.org
The (Financial) Future is Female. Educating Now for Empowerment Later. Elevator Pitch Our digital platform, Dimes and Sense, educates college-aged women, facing critical first-time personal finance decisions, about financial literacy, enabling them to make informed choices now and empowering them to be independent later. Women globally are less financially literate than men, negatively affecting their lifelong earning, saving, investing, and retiring success. While some products have sought to meet this need for professional women with established careers, the market for college-aged women at the very start of their professional journey is currently unmet. By targeting this group and informing their current financial decisions with our online education curriculum, we strive to set women up for a lifetime of financial success, thus enabling them to live better lives.
Dimes & Sense is a financial literacy community powered by women. We arm college-aged women with the tools and advice to face first-time personal finance decisions. Our online community and educational content is shaped by the stories of the professional women, prominent leaders, and students that we interview. Whether you are an expert, curious about personal finance, or do not even know what questions you should be asking, Dimes & Sense is a place to be inspired by, and for you to inspire.
The Eco-Artist Exhibition
Partners: Tidal Tees Apparel, PEOPLMOVR
Facebook: The Eco-Artist Exhibition Instagram: @eco.exhibit
Artistic Impact through Feminist Engagement
This exhibition is looking to network local NYC female-identifying artists with young students exploring the sustainable, engaging, and activist lenses of art. All together, the exhibition promotes female works to showcase the political and cultural power of sustainable, empowering female messages in the arts communities!
Planet to People
Partners: WE ACT for Environmental Justice, Barnard Office of Sustainability
My project's mission is to connect planet to people in a visual world.
My project seeks to shift the narrative of environmental issues, away from traditional environmental symbols and towards a focus on the people in our communities and neighborhoods. In today's visual world, the images and stories we are given have tremendous influence. Recognizing this influence, I have created a sample video series and videography curriculum intended for small environmental non-profits, enabling them to better engage their audiences and empower the voices they represent.
Mission: Remembering the ladies!
Of the two most used high school American history textbooks, women make up only 2-3% of the content. What results is 51% of the American population feeling underrepresented in the dominant historical narratives. Enter herstoric: a chic, streamlined mobile platform that allows people to take their education back into their own hands through a series of curated "women's walks" throughout NYC. By providing people with a fun and engaging way to reclaim their history, herstoric. aims to refill the gaps in the American narrative by showcasing the women who have helped shape the country.
Leora Einleger, Emily Mahan & Mia Lindheimer
Navigating the IX
Partnerships: Puberty Concierge, the Heschel School and Being Barnard
Empowering students through knowledge of their rights
At Navigating the IX, we believe that Title IX education should begin before students step foot on campus. We believe in empowering students by endowing them with the confidence and knowledge they need to feel comfortable advocating for their own rights and the rights of others.
Through our high school curriculum, students are introduced to the concepts and vocabulary of Title IX and begin to understand how this seemingly distant federal law can be a source of empowerment. Students will know when an uncomfortable situation is a potential violation, be prepared to stop it, report, and heal.
We are piloting our program by educating 70 high school students on Title IX in college. We are also working as consultants to Needham High School gender rights clubs (including groups such as Take Back the Night and Amnesty International).
Wynnie Newton and Jamie Fass
eat to elevate
Partners: Dig Inn
Food Fight’s mission is to fight the narrow idea of what healthy eating and cuisines look like, to change social norms by challenging restaurants, schools, and society of their current perception, and to show that wellness can be inclusive of different cultures, diverse and broad.
Food Fight partnered with Dig Inn, a popular chain restaurant serving healthy American food, to introduce other cuisines’ dishes onto the menu. In addition, Food Fight partnered with TV Chefs and cookbook authors from various cuisines to feature their healthy recipes on Food Fight’s website. Finally, Food Fight hosted a food expo showcasing different healthy dishes from local restaurants from a variety of cuisines such as Thai, Vietnamese, Ethiopian, Indian, Middle Eastern, and Mexican.
Anam Lakhani and Eve Halimi
Partnerships: Enigma Securities, Columbia Grammar Prep, Cryptonomic, Eden Block, R3
A new technology platform to empower younger women in Blockchain! Alinea means a new way of thought, and we seek to inspire just that. As an organization dedicated to educating young females on cryptocurrency and blockchain technology, we hope to foster a community, spark discussion, and empower the future. With the new wave of innovation accompanied by blockchain technology, it is crucial that women participate as key players and join in on revolutionizing industries from agriculture to the arts. As a new and emerging space, the world of blockchain sees much growth, demand, and excitement, yet lacks in gender equality and representation. Thus, Alinea prepares females to be informed and involved at a young age to one day be at the forefront of new, revolutionizing change across all industries.
Partnership: WADAN Afghanistan
Creating financial opportunities for female artisans in Afghanistan and empowering their stories. One legend at a time.Legend Label is a clothing company that has created financial opportunities for female artisans in Afghanistan so that they are not held captive by poverty and by male breadwinners. We aim to help Afghan women become self-reliant and help minimize the high poverty rate. Legend acts as the bridge between Afghan women’s centuries old culture and skills, and their need for a proper investment and distribution channel. Essentially, Legend is a brand that provides employment opportunities to underprivileged women that have valuable skills but no channel to profit from them. Our artisans earn a fair wage by hand-creating clothing that we sell to consumers outside Afghanistan who want to support female-run businesses, fight the fast-fashion industry, and connect with women across the world.
Annie Wensley and Madison Wisne
Pretty, Angry: The Podcast
Expanding the conversation around the realities of womanhood.Pretty, Angry: The Podcast expands the conversation around the realities of womanhood. Through our weekly episodes, we create a space for conversation and discussion that’s accessible, palatable, and enjoyable for women, by women, and about women’s issues. Join us as we investigate, articulate, and determine: what is the reality of womanhood today, and what the hell are women yelling about?
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