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Amanda Matos headshotAmanda M., 22, New York

After noticing the stigma attached to her identity as a woman of color from the Bronx, Amanda felt as if she needed to do something to educate people on the issues that women of color face. She started the WomanHOOD Project in 2012. Together with a staff of primarily women of color, Amanda writes “innovative curricula on Women of Color Feminism through a media literacy lens.” Through workshops, The WomanHOOD Project aims to educate women on racial and gender justice issues, as well as develop their leadership skills and empower them with the confidence needed to make real change. Amanda has big plans for the future of her organization. For instance, the WomanHOOD Project will soon be facilitating school-wide workshops on self-love and confidence for girls in the 9th, 10th, and 11th grades. Amanda also hopes to help other young women start up similar projects in their community. “I recognize that these issues are not only relevant to women in the Bronx.  They're impacting communities throughout this country, and it's important and necessary to me that leaders from each community are leading this change in solidarity.”

I recognize that these issues are not only relevant to women in the Bronx.  They're impacting communities throughout this country, and it's important and necessary to me that leaders from each community are leading this change in solidarity.

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