Mission Feminista Winners

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Mission Feminista Winners

by Lynn Forbes on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 11:44am

Mission FeministaCongratulations to Michaela Hinks, Jenna Shapiro and Kierstyn Smith, the winners of our Mission Feminista contest. In honor of International Women's Day 2015, we asked Stanford students to share their vision for change for a chance to win a mentorship meeting with Jill Abramson, former executive editor of The New York Times and first female exectuive editor in the paper's 160-year history. Here are the inspiring winning entries: 


Michaela Hinks

Gender equality would go beyond simply eliminating the pay gap between men and women. True gender equality would mean that women and girls would no longer have to live in fear of domestic or sexual violence. It would mean that all women and girls were valued for their minds instead of bodies, and had access to free, safe, and quality education. It would mean that people whose gender identities fall outside the gender binary of “male” and “female” were perceived and respected for who they are, instead of having to face constant discrimination in bathrooms, stores and living spaces.






Jenna Shapiro

Jenna ShapiroThe Three E's: My fourth grade teacher Mrs. Ahuja taught us Covey's "7 Habits of Highly Effective People" and handed me my first journal, both of which enabled introspective writing and new confidence in my voice. For a more inclusive world, we need more girls and women to similarly be encouraged by those with authority to find their voice. Self-expression and confidence generate two-way, Aretha Franklin-style R-E-S-P-E-C-T on everyone's part. Eighteen journals later, I advocate creating curricula for co-ed schools across the globe (teachers are powerful leaders) that incorporates values of written and verbal communication with empathy, equality and empowerment. 





Kierstyn Smith

Kierstyn SmithI aim to recruit feminists from every population by showing the detrimental physiological and psychological ramifications that gender stereotypes have on both men and women, as well as for the society that harbors such stereotypes. My mission is to explain that societal perception can and does influence reality. My mission is to champion empowerment as a way to achieve greater plasticity in the lives of individuals and in society as a whole.