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Public Voices Fellowship on Advancing the Rights of Women and Girls

Announcing the 2023 Public Voices Fellowship on Advancing the Rights of Women and Girls

Equality Now, in partnership with The OpEd Project and Senior Advisor Ann MacDougall, are delighted to announce the 2023 cohort of the Public Voices Fellowship on Advancing the Rights of Women and Girls.

This US-based fellowship is part of The OpEd Project’s Public Voices initiative to change who writes history and Equality Now’s mission to create a just world for all women and girls.

Selected from an impressive pool of highly qualified applicants residing across the United States, our fellows come from a variety of backgrounds, bringing with them a wealth of experience and unique perspectives encompassing a broad range of disciplines. 

During a transformative year-long program, participants will receive expert guidance, mentorship, and the tools necessary to effectively communicate their ideas through the influential medium of opinion writing, with their content featured in leading media outlets. 

Through their knowledge and voices, they will advance fresh ideas to strengthen the rights of women and girls.

We invite you to join us in congratulating the 2023 class of the Public Voices Fellowship on Advancing the Rights of Women and Girls, and stay tuned to witness the impact of their collective voices as they challenge systemic barriers and help to create a more equitable future for all women and girls.

Absa Samba (she/her)

Global Engagement Officer, International Program in Public Health Leadership – University of Washington

Absa Samba is a Global Engagement Officer with the International Program in Public Health Leadership at the University of Washington – Seattle and works with around 118 public health policy leaders across the African continent. 

In 2022, Absa started the Washington Coalition to End FGM/C and thanks to the Coalition’s work, Washington State became the 41st US state to pass a law prohibiting the practice of female genital mutilation and cutting. 

Absa is a survivor of female genital cutting and a passionate advocate for women’s rights. She has almost a decade’s experience advocating against harmful cultural practices, and in 2019, received Champlain College’s Global Impact award for her work to advance social justice and women’s rights around the world.

Absa is a recent graduate of the University of Washington School of Social Work and the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance. She is the recipient of both the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance Global Citizen Award and Evans School Distinguished Scholar in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and has also received the school’s “Walk the Talk” Award for her leading role in getting the new law on FGM/C passed. 

Amy Hutchinson (she/her) 

Global Director of Development, Equality Now

Amy Hutchinson is the Global Director of Development at Equality Now, where she is part of the leadership team helping to advance the organization’s aims to achieve legal reforms that address violence and discrimination against women and girls worldwide.

Amy is a fundraising expert who has worked at the intersection of philanthropy and movement building for more than 20 years. She has extensive experience of designing and implementing strategies to bring more resources to women’s movements and has served as a senior leader and growth strategist for several prominent human rights and social justice organizations.   

Amy holds a master’s degree in Sociology from American University, with a focus on race, class, and gender. She maintains a research interest in social change and right-wing opposition to women’s and LGBTQ rights.

Ankita Panda (she/her) 

Senior Program Officer, The Asia Foundation

Ankita Panda is a Senior Program Officer with the Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality team at The Asia Foundation. She leads the Foundation’s care economy and rights and security portfolios. She is interested in gender policy and has worked across women’s economic empowerment and gender-based violence. 

Previously, Ankita lived and worked in Mumbai, where she provided capacity-building support to help early-stage social enterprises scale their organizations and interventions. She also previously worked with the World Bank, the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, and the Results for Development to conduct research, analyze policy, and manage diverse programs across gender and public health. 

Ankita has a Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a B.A. in Economics from Rutgers. Originally from New Jersey, she is also an avid baker and Francophile.

Ankita is on Twitter @ankitathepanda

Autumn Perkey (she/her)  

Ph.D candidate in International Relations and American politics, the University of Maryland

Autumn Perkey is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Maryland in the Department of Government and Politics, specializing in international relations and American politics. Her research focuses on the intersection between political psychology, American foreign policy, public opinion, and conflict processes, and her dissertation explores how identity and emotions impact perceptions of violence towards foreign civilians during U.S. military interventions abroad and wartime public opinion more broadly. 

Autumn holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Ohio State University. Her undergraduate research examined a cost-benefit analysis that individuals place when evaluating wartime preferences regarding the risk of military fatalities versus the potential for success and the identity of foreign civilians. 

She is interested in bridging the gap between policy and academia and has spent some time working for the Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence and Security, the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, and Rand. 

Autumn is on Twitter @a_perkey

Bahar Aldanmaz Fidan (she/her) 

Ph.D. candidate in Sociology, Boston University; Co-founder, Konuşmamız Gerek 

Bahar Aldanmaz Fidan is a Turkish Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at Boston University, specializing in gender, global health, development, and menstrual justice. Her doctoral research investigates the experiences of local NGO workers who provide humanitarian aid to women and LGBTQ+ survivors of the Kahramanmaraş earthquake, which impacted communities in Turkey and Syria.

As a co-founder of the Konuşmamız Gerek association, Bahar is deeply committed to promoting menstrual justice in Turkey. She contributes to the field of reproductive justice through her writings, which have been published in Think Global Health, Health Policy, and Kadın/Woman 2000. 

Additionally, Bahar has co-authored a children’s book, “Let’s Talk: Menstruation,” designed explicitly for Turkish-speaking children and their caregivers. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Psychology from Koç University and a master’s degree in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago.

Bahar can be found on Twitter @BaharAldanmaz 

Corie Pauling (she/her) 

Former President and CEO,  Alumni Association, University of Michigan

Corie Pauling is the former President and CEO of the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan. As the 11th leader in its 125-year history, Pauling was the first woman and first Black person to lead the organization. Under Corie’s leadership, the association launched new engagement offerings designed to engage broader audiences in signature programs.

As TIAA’s former Chief Inclusion Diversity & Equity (ID&E) Officer and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Corie advanced the organization’s industry-leading workforce, client and brand engagement around ID&E and CSR, including the launch of the Be The Change market platform in 2020, the innovative TIAA People Equity Index, and $13M in corporate and workforce giving in 2021. 

Through her groundbreaking leadership and strong enterprise collaborations, TIAA garnered lauded employer of choice recognition by renowned organizations such as DiversityInc Top 50 (TIAA ranking in the Top 10 for 3 consecutive years during her tenure), Forbes (#3 for 2022), Working Mother, Fatherly and several others. 

A former corporate counsel for TIAA, a shareholder with the international employment law firm Littler Mendelson, P.C., and a partner with the renowned civil rights law firm Ferguson Stein Chambers, her experience also includes representing both Fortune 500 companies and individual/employee litigants on complex trial and appellate litigation. 

Corie was listed among the 2021 Elite 100 Black Women leaders by Diversity Woman magazine, the 2021 Top Diversity Leaders by the National Diversity & Leadership Conference, the 2020 list of North America’s Most Influential D&I Leaders by Hive Learning, and also a 2019 Most Powerful Women in Corporate Diversity by Black Enterprise and, very meaningfully as the mother two amazing daughters, a TIAA Working Mother of the Year by Working Mother and also recipient of the Young Civic Leader Award by the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. Corie now serves on the board of Classroom Central in Charlotte, which provides free school supplies to students and teachers at Title I schools. 

Corie can be found on Twitter @CoriePauling

Diane O’Leary (she/her)

Full Professor in Philosophy, part-time, at University of Maryland Global Campus, and Independent Researcher

Diane O’Leary, Ph.D, is a philosopher whose research investigates medicine’s take on mind versus body. Hailed by Vice as “one of the world’s foremost experts on

problems with medically unexplained symptoms”, she examines doctors’ training on undiagnosed symptoms, particularly when it comes to deciding which are caused by disease and which by trouble in the mind. 

This issue is pressing for women and girls, given the legacy of female hysteria. Diane exposes the central role that hysteria continues to play in everyday medicine, the harm it causes, and the solution that will finally protect the equal right to healthcare for women and girls.

Diane’s research is published in top journals and collections. As a former visiting researcher at Pittsburgh’s Center for Philosophy of Science and Ontario’s Rotman Institute of Philosophy, she’s spoken to a wide range of audiences from the Berman Institute of Bioethics at Johns Hopkins to the International Congress on Women’s Health Issues. 

She is a member of the Primary Care Research in Diagnostic Error Learning Network at Brigham and Women’s Medical Center. Her public writing and interviews have appeared in IAI News, Stat News, Australian National Radio, Psychiatric Times and elsewhere. Diane is at work on a book, Gaslight: How Bad Philosophy Corrupts Good Medicine.

Diane can be found on Twitter @DianeOLeary

Gemma Bulos (she/her)

Director, Global Women’s Water Initiative, and Director of Kravis Lab for Social Impact, Claremont McKenna College

Gemma Bulos is a multi-award-winning serial social entrepreneur who has launched three social enterprises in three continents, bringing clean water and sanitation to over a million people in Asia and Africa. 

Gemma has won numerous awards, including Best Social Entrepreneur in Asia at the World Economic Forum, in the Philippines from Ernst Young, and in the world by Echoing Green, and she has presented at the United Nations, U.S. Congress, Clinton Global Initiative University, Women Deliver to name a few. 

For her current organization, Global Women’s Water Initiative, Gemma was named one of the Top Filipina Thought Leaders and Innovators in the United States (Filipina Action Network), Top 10 Water Solutions Trailblazers in the World (, and was shortlisted for the Food and Water Award. 

Gemma is also the founding Director of Kravis Lab for Social Impact at Claremont McKenna College. Prior to coming to TCC, she co-taught Social Entrepreneurship at Stanford University. 

In addition, Gemma is an award-winning singer, composer, and filmmaker. In response to 9/11 she spearheaded an unprecedented global movement called the Million Voice Choir, mobilizing groups in over 100 cities in 60 countries to sing her song, “WE RISE” on Sept 21, 2004, the UN International Day of Peace.  She won $10,000 from Queen Latifah and CoverGirl for women who were changing the world through music and seed funded her social enterprise in the Philippines, and the rest is history. 

Ivonne Roman (she/her) 

Co-Founder, 30×30 Initiative

Ivonne Roman has 25 years of experience in policing, serving in every rank from police officer to police chief in the Newark (New Jersey) Police Department. 

In 2021, she co-founded the 30×30 Initiative to increase the representation of women in policing to 30% by 2030, which is grounded in evidence-based research. The initiative launched with 34 police agencies and now has over 310 police agencies across the United States.

Ivonne was awarded a National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science (LEADS) scholarship (2016), the American Society of Criminology Outstanding Practitioner Award (2019), and Women in Media scholarship (2020). 

She holds certifications from the Police Executive Research Forum, the Harvard Kennedy School and Rutgers-Labor Relations program. She serves on the board of the American Society for Evidence-Based Policing, is an executive fellow at the National Policing Institute, and serves on the Measures for Justice Police Advisory Board. 

Ivonne was a journalism intern at the Marshall Project (2018). She has been awarded a TED Talks fellowship (2019) for her advocacy work to reform policing by improving outcomes for women in policing and is currently an Open Society Leadership in Government Fellow (2022). 

She has a Master of Public Administration with Distinction (2017) and a Master of Science in Public Affairs and Public Policy (2020) from Rutgers-Camden, where she has completed coursework for a PhD in the Public Affairs/Policy Department. 

Ivonne is on Twitter @PD_PhD

Jessica Singh (she/her) 

Founder, Sukhayu Wellness and the Center for Health and Wellness Coaches

Jessica Singh, MD, NBC-HWC, ACC is a former emergency medicine physician who is the founder of Sukhayu Wellness and the Center for Health and Wellness Coaches. Jessica’s own wellness journey began when she was a physician-in-training and learned to enhance her own health and heal from burnout. 

After practising as an attending physician in the community, Jessica was the first physician to be awarded a one-year fellowship in Physician Wellness through the Department of Emergency Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. 

She developed expertise in the science and administration of physician wellness, with emphasis on the shared responsibility between physicians and organizations to enhance professional fulfillment and mitigate burnout. After completing her fellowship, Jessica founded Sukhayu Wellness with the mission of helping individuals, communities, and organizations nurture health and well-being. 

She practices integrative holistic coaching and holds certifications in yoga teacher training by the Sivananda yoga retreat, mind-body medicine by the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, Interactive Guided Imagery, Ayurvedic wellness counseling, and Radical Remission coaching. Her work as a consultant focuses on assessing healthcare provider burnout to justify initiatives for systems change. 

Realizing the importance of community, mentorship, and networking through her own professional journey, Dr. Singh created the Center for Health and Wellness Coaches to help facilitate the sharing of knowledge and support the professional development of health and wellness coaches.

Dr. Singh received her Doctor of Medicine from New York Medical College and completed emergency medicine residency at Yale New Haven Hospital.

Jessica is on Twitter @jessicasinghmd

Kimberly Bryant (she/her)  

Founder and CEO, Ascend Ventures/Black Innovation Lab 

Kimberly is a renowned technology industry leader, visionary, and founder of ASCEND Ventures. As the CEO, she is committed to creating opportunities for marginalized founders building impact-driven companies. With her flagship Black Innovation Lab, she cultivates and invests in a pipeline of leaders who use technology to make a societal impact while creating pathways to equity and generational wealth through entrepreneurship and ownership. 

Before ASCEND Ventures, Kimberly founded Black Girls CODE, a social-change organization aimed at introducing girls of color aged 6-18 to technology and computer science, with a focus on entrepreneurship. Under her leadership, Black Girls CODE grew from a grassroots initiative to an international organization with chapters across the U.S. and South Africa, and with over 100,000 students. 

Kimberly is dedicated to changing the face of technology by investing in opportunities for women, girls, and all, using technology as a lever for progress.

Kimberly is on Twitter @6gems

Kwolanne Felix (she/her, they/them)

Writing Fellow, Truthout

Kwolanne Felix is a writer, gender equality advocate and environmentalist. She recently graduated from Columbia University and studied History, with research interests in the African diaspora, international development, gender-responsive frameworks, and environmental policies.

Kwolanne has worked with organizations like UN Women and Columbia Climate School, and was a 2021 UN Human Rights Fellow. She is currently working at Women Deliver to support coordination for the WD2023 Conference and is a writing fellow at Truthout. 

Kwolanne writes opinion pieces and articles addressing politics, gender, climate, race, and various other intersecting experiences. Her writing has been published in Ms. Magazine and Womanly Magazine.

Kwolanne is on Twitter @Kwolanne_Felix

Manail Anis (she/her) 

Educator, Entrepreneur and AI/technology ethicist; Visiting Faculty, Princeton University

Manail Anis is an educator, entrepreneur and AI/technology ethicist. After spending twenty years building American-style higher education institutions in the Middle East and South Asia (including the first liberal arts college for women in Saudi Arabia, and the U.S. State Department’s EducationUSA regional center for post-9/11 Pakistan), she has recently returned to the US

She now creates global policy for Responsible AI, teaches  a course on Technology Ethics at Princeton University, and supports education technology startups in Pakistan. She is also a tech co-founder, prototyping an AI-powered digital assistant for home management. This product envisions rebalancing the gendered mental load at home so women are enabled to succeed within and outside it. 

As a mother of two, Manail is painfully aware of the inequities perpetuated by new technologies globally. She hopes to address these inequities through responsible AI and ethical technology.   She was recognized as a ‘LinkedIn Top Voice’ producing thought leadership around the ethical challenges being created by technology for marginalized groups – populations in the Global South, disadvantaged groups in the United States, and sitting right at the nexus of such disadvantage: women and girls globally. 

Manail has  a BA in Political Science from Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania, and an MA in Asian Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has also studied the political economy of development at SOAS, University of London, and is trained in Indian and Islamic Art History at the British Museum. 

Mary Hansel (she/her) 

Human Rights Lawyer

Mary Hansel is an international human rights attorney and scholar focused on intersectional gender justice. She has published her work in legal journals, books, and blogs, as well as mainstream outlets such as Slate and Ms. Magazine. 

Recently, at UC Irvine School of Law, Mary worked alongside a UN Special Rapporteur on a series of projects implementing international human rights standards in the U.S. at local, state and national levels. 

One of these projects involved applying the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), the global treaty on gender rights, within Los Angeles County. She also directed a project identifying issues and cases for strategic human rights litigation to advance gender justice. 

Prior to UC Irvine, Mary taught human rights courses at Loyola Law School and worked at non-governmental organizations, including Human Rights Watch and the International Center for Transitional Justice. For more than a decade, she practiced commercial litigation and international arbitration at private law firms.

Mary is on Twitter @maryhhansel

Miriam Warren (she/her)

Chief Diversity Officer, Yelp

Miriam Warren is the Chief Diversity Officer at Yelp and Board Chair of the Yelp Foundation. She joined Yelp in 2007, serving in a variety of marketing and operational roles, including leading the company’s expansion efforts internationally as Vice President of New Markets. Presently, Miriam heads a team working at the intersection of culture, employee engagement, social impact and diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.

Miriam is a frequent speaker and moderator. She has appeared on CNN, Yahoo! Finance, the BBC, CBS News and has spoken at Columbia Business School, Yale School of Management, and UCLA Anderson School of Management. Miriam has been quoted in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Business Insider, and Good Morning America online, among others. She has previously been published in Stanford Social Innovation Review, Fast Company, Entrepreneur, and Fortune. 

Miriam currently serves on the board of ETR. Previously, she has served on the boards of Common Future, Joshin, Reading Partners, and YTH. 

Born in Bremen, Germany and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, Miriam was educated at Mills College in Oakland, California. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and their daughter.

Miriam is on Twitter @miriamwarren 

Nicole Kyle (she/her) 

Writer, Creator, and Co-Host, I Also Want Money podcast

Nicole Kyle is a writer, creator, and gender equity advocate exploring the intersection of money, equality, and technology. Nicole is a LinkedIn Top Voice in Gender Equity and hosts “I Also Want Money,” a podcast that aims to democratize, demasculinize, and demystify wealth for women and historically excluded communities. 

She is a freelance contributor to Blockchain Friends Forever (BFF), which focuses on crypto and web3 education as well as financial inclusion. She is passionate about closing the gender, racial, and social pay and wealth gaps and understanding new economies. 

Nicole has partnered with organizations like SpringHealth, Sidecar Global, and Gartner to start conversations about the gender pay gap, negotiation, web3 and more. She has been featured on podcasts, LinkedIn News, and broadcast news. 

Outside of gender equity advocacy, Nicole is a tenured future of work expert. As a Gartner analyst, Nicole led future of workplace research and advised F500 and FTSE100 executives on flexible working and hybrid work design. In November 2021, Nicole co-founded CMP Research, the new research and advisory division of Customer Management Practice, which helps heads of customer service and CX navigate the future of work. Nicole’s studies and commentary on the future of work have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, CFO Magazine, and more. 

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University, where she double-majored in English and Public Policy studies and minored in Economics. She lives in Brooklyn, New York and is an avid tennis player and fan. 

Nicole is on Twitter  @nicolekyle  @ialsopodcast 

Olivia Storz (she/her)

Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Survivor Fund Hub and Program Specialist, Futures Without Violence

Olivia Storz is a researcher, policy analyst, and program strategist focused on expanding meaningful, joyful choices. Her research and advocacy examine how gendered inequality and violence shape social, political, and economic opportunity.

Olivia is the Co-Founder of the Survivor Fund, an innovative organization dedicated to providing financial care to student survivors of gender-based violence and harassment. This work centers on tangibly supporting survivor joy and resilience while raising awareness about the unjust and significant costs of gendered violence. 

Olivia is also a Program Specialist at Futures Without Violence, working at intersections of socio-economic policy, inequalities, prevention education, and gendered violence. 

Throughout her career, Olivia has acquired multidisciplinary experience in a wide variety of contexts, including reproductive health in rural Peru, social policy implementation in Argentina, sexual violence prevention in the UK, and equal pay advocacy in the US Congress. Her approach and methodologies are animated by a politics of critical hope, a commitment to complexity, and an ethics of care. 

Olivia received her B.A. from the University of Denver, alongside the University Pioneer Award. She received her M.Sc. with Distinction from the London School of Economics. Olivia is an alumnus of several programs, such as the New Leaders Council, the Planned Parenthood Developing Leaders Program, and the Peace Corps.

She loves pickled vegetables and the acknowledgments section of books. Originally from Colorado, her high school senior superlative was Most Argumentative. She is looking forward to putting her many opinions to effective, thoughtful use as a Public Voices Fellow.

Raie Gessesse  (she/her)

Consultant, Speaker, and Scholar; MPP graduate, Harvard Kennedy School 

Raie Gessesse is an award-winning advocate, scholar, speaker, and trainer committed to racial and gender equity with experience working across government, non-profit, and philanthropy to promote racial and gender equity in workplaces and communities. 

Born and raised in Minnesota, Raie has helped lead several campaigns on impacting public policy at the local, state, and national levels, including most recently targeted investments for increased economic opportunities for women of color. 

At IGNITE National, Raie played a pivotal role in advancing the organization’s mission as one of the country’s largest young women’s political organizations focused on empowering the next generation of political leaders. She is a proud alum of EMILYs List, Supermajority, Justice + Joy Collaborative, New Leaders Council, and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.

Raie is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School where she completed a Master in Public Policy degree as a 2021 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow and Center for Public Leadership Fellow. In 2023, she received the distinguished Barbara Jordan for Women’s Leadership for her commitment to building community and serving as a catalyst for women seeking higher leadership. She is also a recipient of one of the nation’s most prestigious public service-oriented scholarships, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship.

In recognition of her leadership, Raie was named a 25 under 25 Young Woman of Color to Watch by She the People in 2021. And in 2022, she joined the White House Gender Policy Council, where she helped direct the Administration’s goals of promoting gender equity throughout the federal government. 

Raie is on Twitter @raie_gg

Shihana Mohamed (she/her)

Founding Member & Coordinator, United Nations Asia Network for Diversity and Inclusion (UN-ANDI), United Nations

Shihana Mohamed is a founding member and one of the Coordinators of the United Nations Asia Network for Diversity & Inclusion (UN-ANDI) and a Sri Lankan national. Together with like-minded colleagues in the UN system, Shihana founded UN-ANDI in 2021 to promote a more diverse and inclusive culture and mindset within the UN. She received a recognition certificate from UN Women in 2021 for her outstanding achievements in Standards of Conduct, Diversity and Inclusion for establishing UN-ANDI. 

Shihana is a Human Resources Policies Officer at the International Civil Service Commission. She also functions as the Manager of ICSC’s Global Mobility and Hardship Scheme. Her portfolio includes gender/geographical balance and diversity of the workforce in the UN system under the standing mandate from the UN General Assembly. She is a member of the UN Global Network of Gender Focal Points and Inter-Agency Network on Women and Gender Equality. 

Her professional career spans over 20 years with the UN in a broad range of thematic areas, including human resources management, gender issues and advancement of women, private sector development, sustainable development, transport and infrastructure development, and socio-economic studies. Prior to joining the UN, she worked in the fields of teaching, research, and consultancy at the national, regional, and international level in development. 

She holds a Master’s in Public Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University, USA, as well as a Master’s in Transportation Engineering from the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand, and a Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.

So’Phelia Morrow  (she/her) 

Ph.D. candidate, University of Michigan School of Social Work               

So’Phelia Morrow is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Michigan in the joint Ph.D. program in Social Work and Sociology. Her research focuses on social conditions and Black women’s health, including understanding how wealth (in the form of debt) affects Black women’s mental and physical health. 

She is also interested in understanding how colonization, specifically colonialist ideas about Black women and their bodies, contributes to violence against Black women. Her dissertation research takes an autoethnographic approach to explore the concept of racial loyalty (the idea that Black women are to withstand abuse) and the Strong Black Woman stereotype, the colonialist roots of these ideas, and how these ideas contribute to the interpersonal violence experienced by Black women. 

In addition, So’Phelia’s dissertation research explores these colonialist ideas among Black Twitter using the shooting of rapper Megan Thee Stallion as a case study. She is interested in understanding the lived experiences of Black women survivors of hidden abuse (non-physical forms of violence). 

So’Phelia received her MSW (’17) and MPH (’17) from the University of Michigan, where she studied health behavior and health disparities and social policy and evaluation. She is originally from Flint, Michigan.

So’Phelia is on Twitter @theprofwithlocs