CJ

CJ – Waterville High School – Vassalboro

Cj is a freshman at Waterville high school, and and it is their first year on the Girls Advisory board. They enjoy watching anime and cartoons, reading, volunteering, math, and art. Cj believes that this program is a benefit to everyone, even those who do not consider themselves feminists, and they are eagerly await the ways that they can enrich their community.

Favorite book: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Woman (dead or alive) to have dinner with: Amelia Earhart
Favorite feminist anthem: Can’t Pin Me Down – MARINA AND THE DIAMONDS
Favorite place to go on a feminist rant: Online
Perfect day (in one sentence): A hangout session with my friends.
How are you making a ruckus? I’m helping out at my local food bank.

Sophia

Sophia – North Haven High School – North Haven

Sophia is a Freshman at North Haven Community School. Her favorite things to do are play fiddle, go swimming, and spend time with friends. She also participates in Basketball, Track, Rowing, Theatre, and is the student manager of the school garden. Sophia is looking forward to her first year of GAB and hopes to make a positive difference in the world.

Favorite book: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Woman (dead or alive) to have dinner with: Amandla Stenberg
Favorite feminist anthem: Run The World (Girls) – Beyoncé
Favorite place to go on a feminist rant: In the car with Friends
Perfect day (in one sentence)A Summer day playing music and spending time with Friends. 
How are you making a ruckus?

Coltrane

Coltrane – Waterville Senior High School – Waterville

Favorite book: “Pay It Forward” by Catherine Ryan Hyde or “Wonder” by RJ Palacio
Woman (dead or alive) to have dinner with: Michelle Obama
Favorite feminist anthem: It’s kind of corny, but i’d have to say it’s “Amigas Cheetahs” by the Cheetah girls.
Favorite place to go on a feminist rant: my school cafeteria
Perfect day (in one sentence): Hanging out with my friends at the beach all day.
How are you making a ruckus? I am causing a ruckus in the community by asking questions, sharing my opinion, and making other people think and question what the are saying or think that they believe in.

Sarah K.

Sarah K. – Mount Desert Island High School

Sarah is a junior at Mount Desert Island High School and is passionate about feminism and music. She spends her time reading about powerful women, practicing her trumpet, and singing. She is a student representative for the school board, and is a member of TRI-M. She also enjoys spending time with her dog, Gus, and smashing the patriarchy!

Favorite book: Becoming by Michelle Obama
Woman (dead or alive) to have dinner with: Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Favorite feminist anthem: Like a Girl by Lizzo
Favorite place to go on a feminist rant: in a room full of anti-feminists
Perfect day (in one sentence): Driving around and listening to music with my friends!
How are you making a ruckus? By not being afraid to challenge the status quo in terms of social justice.


 

Isa

Favorite book: Wonder by RJ Palacio
Woman (dead or alive) to have dinner with: Michelle Obama
Favorite feminist anthem: Run the World
Favorite place to go on a feminist rant: at school
Perfect day (in one sentence): A day at any lake in Maine.
How are you making a ruckus? By being involved in protests and rallies.

Phoebe

Phoebe – Massabesic High School

Favorite book: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas or Turtles all the way Down by John Green
Woman (dead or alive) to have dinner with: Hannah Witton
Favorite feminist anthem: Most Girls – Hailee Steinfeld
Favorite place to go on a feminist rant: In the car with my mom
Perfect day (in one sentence): Going out for boba and thrifting with my best friends.
How are you making a ruckus? By not being afraid to talk about political issues, as well as women’s and LGBTQ+ issues on my online art platforms and with peers who have differing views.

 

Helen

Helen – Cape Elizabeth High School – Cape Elizabeth

Helen is a junior from Cape Elizabeth High School. She loves her family, crafting at midnight, and adventuring with her awesome friends. Catch her at Fort Williams Park or AC Moore in her spare time!

Favorite book:  “The Tao of Pooh” by Benjamin Hoff
Woman (dead or alive) to have dinner with: Jane Goodall
Favorite feminist anthem: “Bad Girls”- M.I.A.
Favorite place to go on a feminist rant: In the Youth Activist Meetings at my school, or anywhere I can find a megaphone!
Perfect day (in one sentence): Smashing the patriarchy and drinking tea to celebrate.
How are you making a ruckus? By unconditionally loving as many people as I can (which is most everyone).

Kathleen Dodge

Kathleen Dodge

Kathleen Dodge

Kathleen is a feminist, activist, volunteer, thinker, and writer. She learned about Hardy Girls Healthy Women when she participated in the Maine Association of Nonprofits Emerging Leaders Program, which trains community leaders for nonprofit work and board service. She had a successful retail banking career at Camden National Bank for nearly a decade and is currently focusing her efforts on nonprofit work and activism in the Portland community. Kathleen is proud to be involved with HGHW and wishes she could have benefited from a program like it in her youth. In her free time, she can be found writing, curating perfect playlists, entertaining her friends, hiking the Portland trails and basking in the sun! 

Five Questions with Katy

Favorite book: Anything by David Sedaris 
Woman (dead or alive) to have dinner with: Too many to list! I’d throw a fabulous dinner party with all of my feminist idols, friends, family and community members so we could all be in each other’s presence, learn from one another, and have an excuse to dress up!
Favorite feminist anthem: Bloody Mother F****** A****** by Martha Wainwright. Crude title but a beautiful song. It’s about a woman coming to the realization that she exists in a world that wasn’t built with her needs in mind, and she decides to intentionally stop doing the emotional work to make others (men) comfortable and accepting of her. It stopped me in my tracks when I first heard it because of its raw honesty.
Favorite place to go on a feminist rant: With any of my brilliant, beautiful, intersectional feminist friends. They keep me challenged and evolving.
Perfect day (in one sentence): Sleep in, workout, iced coffee, bright sun, good music, good friends, good conversation. 

Sarah C.

Sara C. – Greely High School – Cumberland

Sara is a sophomore at Greely High School and this will be her first year on the Girls Advisory Board. Her favorite pass times are reading, painting, and playing piano. In school, she plays clarinet in band and sings in both chorus and an honors treble choir. Additionally, she works with younger kids in a “Bigs and Littles” program and also participates in student government. Sara can’t wait to start working with GAB to continue fighting for women’s rights and to prove that women can do anything!

Favorite book:  “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas
Woman (dead or alive) to have dinner with: Michelle Obama
Favorite feminist anthem: “I am Woman”- Helen Reddy
Favorite place to go on a feminist rant: School
Perfect day (in one sentence): Drinking coffee, beach with friends, then coming home to read.
How are you making a ruckus? While I haven’t caused a ruckus yet, with the help of Hardy Girls Healthy Women I hope to learn to be an activist and how to use my voice for the better good in my community.

Lisa Van Dyk

Lisa Van Dyk is the Grants Officer at Maine Medical Center, where she manages private foundation and corporate funding to the medical center and supports internal teams in developing initiatives and programs to seek external funding. She graduated from Calvin College, where she studied biology, and received her MBA from the University of Delaware. In her spare time, Lisa can most likely be found working out, exploring Portland’s incredible restaurant scene, or reading to keep up with her two bookclubs. She is excited to serve HGHW as a board member because she truly believes in nurturing the potential of all girls and young women.

Five Questions with Lisa

Favorite book: The Brothers K by David James Duncan
Woman (dead or alive) to have dinner with: Tina Fey
Favorite feminist anthem: “Just One of the Guys” by Jenny Lewis
Favorite place to go on a feminist rant: Wherever I happen to be!
Perfect day (in one sentence): Waking up on Peaks Island, going for a run along the coast, and enjoying the day on the beach with family and friends.