Cocktails and Conversations: Young Feminist Voices

Thursday, September 26 2019, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM [EST]

301 Butler Avenue, Providence, RI, 02906, United States

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Thursday, September 26 2019, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM [EST]

About the Event

It's time for the adults to listen to the youth! This panel will focus on today's youth and their connections to feminism. A diverse group of young female identifying speakers will explore their relationship to the past, present, and future of feminist ideals and their visions for what it means to them in 2019. Featuring speakers from Girls Leadership Collaborative, Diversity Talks, and Youth Pride. Moderated by a Lincoln School alumna Rose Lang-Maso.

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For women and girls in Rhode Island, the playing field isn’t level yet, but it could be with your help. The purpose of the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island is to invest in women and girls through research, advocacy, grantmaking, and strategic partnerships designed to advance gender equity through systemic change. As a leader of social change, we are committed to advocating for and convening voices to promote gender equity and influence.

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Event Speakers

Wendy Carvalho
Diversity Talks

Wendy Carvalho is a 16 year old, East Providence High School student who was born and raised in Pawtucket RI. Carvalho is very observant, persistent and bold and took the initiative of joining Diversity Talks in order to learn how to have important conversations not just with her friends and family, but in school and her future workplace.

Paola Mejia
Youth Pride, Inc

Paola Mejia is 18 years old. She is a Senior at Luanita Sanchez High School and wants to study Psychology in college next year. She is part of LGBTQ Community and loves being a spokeswoman for LGBTQ and Latinx community.

Elizabeth Poku
Girls Leadership Collaborative

Elizabeth Poku is a mentor, a leader, and most importantly, a feminist. As a feminist, Elizabeth believes she must act as a positive mentor for young girls, in addition to helping them unleash their strengths. She completes this goal by working at Girls Leadership Collaborative. In her two years at the summer program, she has helped many young girls unlock their potential by acknowledging and utilizing their strengths. As a senior at the Wheeler School, Elizabeth is a part of the Empowerment Club and serves as a Peer Supporter, a Student of Color Mentor (to a Lower School girl), and the Senate President. Additionally, Elizabeth is the head and founder of a new Lower School mentorship program called Girls in Science. The program aims to help Lower School girls find their voices in STEM and inspires them to pursue STEM classes, clubs, and careers. In her free time,Elizabeth enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

Rose Lang-Maso is a proud graduate of Lincoln’s class of 2016. She is a senior at Brown University studying American History and Public Policy with a focus on government, law, and ethics. Her academic and professional work centers upon the intersection between social justice and politics from a historical perspective. An unapologetic intersectional feminist, Rose most recently worked at EMILY’s List, an organization devoted to electing pro-choice Democratic women up and down the ballot. Rose is a 2019 Harry S. Truman Scholar, the President of the College Democrats of Rhode Island, and the Editor-in-Chief of the Brown Journal of History.