Gabby Rivera

Through a grant with the Maine Humanities Council we were able to invite Gabby Rivera (she/hers) to videochat into one of our GAB meetings. Here is her bio:

Gabby Rivera is a queer Latinx writer living in Oakland, CA. She is currently writing AMERICA, America Chavez’s solo series, for Marvel. America is Marvel’s first Latina lesbian superhero. Gabby’s critically acclaimed debut novel Juliet Takes a Breath was listed by Mic as one of the 25 essential books to read for women’s history month, and it was called the “dopest LGBTQA YA book ever” by Latina. Put simply by Roxane Gay, it’s “F***ing outstanding.”

Five Questions with Gabby Rivera

Favorite book: Flaming Iguanas by Erika Lopez
Woman (dead or alive) to have dinner with: Sylvia Rivera
Favorite feminist anthem: Freedom – Various Artists (Panther Soundtrack 1996)
Favorite place to go on a feminist rant: Alicia’s kitchen in Harlem
Perfect day (in one sentence): Strong coffee, a black t-shirt, and laughing so hard all I can do is wheeze.

Hebh Jamal


Hebh Jamal, 2019
Girls Rock! Awards keynote

Hebh Jamal delivered the keynote at our 2019 Girls Rock! Awards on March 22, 2019. Hebh Jamal is a muslim, Palestinian-American activist and current college student at City University of New York. In 2017, while Jamal was still in high school, the 17-year-old established herself as a leader in the fight against bigotry by organizing a New York City high school walkout. She’s also a leader of Integrate New York City, a student-run organization focusing on school segregation, and works as a youth policy fellow at New York Appleseed, a nonprofit fighting for equal access and resources in New York City schools. You can follow her on Twitter.

Five Questions with Hebh Jamal

Favorite book: Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa
Woman (dead or alive) to have dinner with: Angela Davis
Favorite feminist anthem: Survivor by Destiny’s Child
Favorite place to go on a feminist rant: On Facebook
Perfect day (in one sentence): An intellectual conversation about contemporary issues over tea in a cafe in Istanbul 🙂