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Jennifer Yoder is a mother two Girls Advisory Board (GAB) members, and a proud feminist son and teaches European Politics at Colby College. Jen also enjoys reading and learning new things.
Five Questions with Jen
Favorite book: Life after Life by Kate Atkinson
Woman (dead or alive) to have dinner with: Emma Goldman
Favorite feminist anthem: I am Woman Hear me Roar by Helen Reddy
Favorite place to go on a feminist rant: a department meeting at work
Perfect day (in one sentence): Outdoors in Maine on an 80 degree, breezy day.
Anna is a senior at Winslow High School. She enjoys family time at the lake, kayaking, and hiking. She is an active member in the performing arts including being the Vice President of the International Thespian Society at Winslow High School, a percussionist in the school band, a member of student government, and recently sat on the committee for the proposal of the new performing arts center. Anna is looking forward to her second year in GAB in hopes to promoting a positive image of feminism and activism to other young girls in her community.
Kaitlyn is a 15 year old Sophomore at Massabesic High School. She wants others to feel comfortable with who they are and the same for herself. If she is not in school or at a GAB meeting she is probably running around with her two dogs or with her chickens. Kaitlyn is looking forward to her second year in GAB! She thinks that GAB is a great way for young women to teach girls about how to believe in themselves and stand up to cause a Ruckus!
Emma is a senior at Casco Bay High School and it is her second year on the Girls Advisory Board. She is passionate about the music industry, design, writing poetry, and songwriting; she is a published author and musician. Emma is an activist for and supporter of women in the music industry in hopes that women will rise to be equal in male-dominated industries.
Sadie is a young, queer, intersectional feminist organizer and activist. She is excited to be co-secretary for her second year here at GAB! Although Sadie is only in her junior year of high school, she has been involved with activism since a young age — from saving her neighborhood’s monkey bars from demolition, to organizing a school walkout to protest gun violence. More recently, Sadie has been contracted with Portland Outright — a queer and trans, youth led, activism organization. With her passion for fighting the heteronormative and oppressive society, Sadie hopes to pursue a career based around activism in the years to come. In the meantime, she spends the majority of her days smashing the patriarchy, hugging her cats, and eating ice cream.
Ella is a senior at Waterville Senior High School. She loves exploring nature’s beauty, enjoying the company of her friends, eating yummy foods, and listening to good music. She enjoys being outside and active as well as stimulating her mind with knowledge and pursuing more creative projects. Some of her favorite organized activities are running in the fall as a member of the cross country team, writing articles for her school newspaper, building and painting sets and doing other behind the scenes tech work for her school plays, participating in various events on her school Science Olympiad team, providing support and serving as a role model for a homeroom of freshman as a Homeroom Buddy, mentoring a younger girl through a program called Big Brothers Big Sisters, playing basketball as a helper alongside athletes with disabilities on the unified team, jumping and hurdling during track season, and working to save the environment as a member of her school’s green team. Feminism has been an important value in her life since she was young, and she wants to help younger girls understand what equality is all about and that they are worthy and capable of achieving anything they set their minds to.