Activist Spotlight: May 2019

May 2019 Activist Spotlight

Our #Fight4HER activists are working hard across the country to put a permanent end to Trump’s Global Gag Rule. We are thanking volunteers who are leading their communities to take action in the #Fight4HER. This month, we’re highlighting #Fight4HER leaders Audrey Leopold, Uswa Mutaal, and Lone Malefho.

Audrey Leopold (she/her pronouns), Columbus, OH

1. Tell us about yourself!

I am from a very small town in northwest Ohio called Forest. I am going to be starting my second year at The Ohio State University in August 2019, where I study both Social Work and Sociology, with a minor in Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies. After I complete my undergraduate degree, I hope to attend law school to pursue a career as a civil rights attorney. I am passionate about civil rights and I want to be the voice for those who do not have one.

2. Why do you #Fight4HER?

I #Fight4HER because if I don’t decide to use my voice, then who will? I believe that reproductive rights are human rights, and everyone, no matter who they are, should be able to access accurate comprehensive health care.

3. How did you find out about #Fight4HER?

I found out about #Fight4HER in November 2018. I was petitioned outside of the library in the beginning of the semester and I got a text from Prabh telling me about a meeting that was happening one night. I am so glad that I went because I wouldn’t have met these activists who I am proud to call my friends.

4. What has been your favorite part about working on the #Fight4HER campaign?

My favorite part about #Fight4HER is the confidence that [Population Connection Action Fund] has given me to step out of my comfort zone. I am not afraid to speak publicly about my political stances, even if they are taboo in my small, conservative town. I have gained so many important skills that will significantly benefit me later in life.

5. If you had one piece of advice for new activists, what would it be?

My advice for a new activist would be to not be afraid to try new things. You can’t improve yourself if you aren’t willing to make mistakes. You have to be able to learn, and then things will only go up from there.

6. What other issues do you care about?

Some of my other passions include advocating against the racial injustices that exist in today’s society, specifically in the criminal justice system. This is one of my reasons for wanting to be a voice for civil rights.

Uswa Mutaal (she/her pronouns), Philadelphia, PA

1. Tell us about yourself!

I am a girl from a land afar, majoring in politics, a field thought neither to be lucrative nor “appropriate” for a woman to chase. I feel the compulsion to prove this notion wrong. I thoroughly enjoy political theory in principle and in practice. Debates and mock trial are my guilty pleasures and I am unabashedly and unapologetically a politics nerd.

2. Why do you #Fight4HER?

It is a privilege to have the voice, the awareness, and a supportive circle to be able to fight for basic liberties. If I have been offered this privilege by no efforts of my own, the least I can do is to offer my part in making this very unjust world a little more just every day.

3. How did you find out about #Fight4HER?

I found out about #Fight4HER from the Politics Department at Drexel University. The philosophy seemed so meaningful, and the efforts so heartening, I knew I wanted to be a part of this movement, right away!

4. What’s been your favorite part about being involved with #Fight4HER?

The people and their passion. Their drive to pursue social justice, their willingness to teach and to learn. The vitality of their ideas and the honesty of their efforts. It all just comes down to this sense of community #Fight4HER has been able to build amongst all those involved.

5. If you had one piece of advice for new activists, what would it be?

Take charge! Don’t hold back, because every idea counts. Before you know it, what you thought was a small project might be snowballing into something more significant.

6. What other issues do you care about?

I also deeply care about religious liberties. The freedom to believe and practice as you please, without fear of discrimination, intolerance, or judgement.

Lone Malefho (she/her pronouns), Tucson, AZ

1. Tell us about yourself!

I am a girl of simple pleasures. I am currently majoring in pre-psychological sciences, and after spending my afternoons revising theories, statistics, chemistry, and various research methods, I like writing poetry and listening to music. I have an eccentric and very turbulent goth, girly style, which I like to indulge in by going shopping and styling myself.

2. Why do you #Fight4HER?

One word: compassion. I care about others. That’s what keeps me going in the #Fight4HER. I feel less alone, and the world feels smaller when I’m surrounded by fellow volunteers and activists. The world feels less dangerous when I know that people with the same values as me are actually here, and I love it.

3. How did you learn about #Fight4HER?

I first learned about #Fight4HER after attending my first Planned Parenthood Generation Action Club meeting. Kristen Godfrey had attended it as well, and after the meeting, I received an email from her about a tabling opportunity the following day. Initially I thought she was part of Planned Parenthood, so I decided to opt in for volunteering. That day turned out to be one I will never forget.

I was the only one who volunteered with Kristen that day. That is when I got closer to her, and a bond that I am hoping will last forever came to be. But most importantly, that was the day I learned about #Fight4HER and what it stands for. I was more than excited to venture into this unknown, scary, but fulfilling, territory of activism and fighting for what you believe in.

4. What has been your favorite part about working on the #Fight4HER campaign?

What I love most about #Fight4HER is the sense of family. I love that a group of people whatever their background, ethnicity, age, and religion can be brought together by an undeniable passion for justice. I love the patience of the already prominent activists such as Kristen. She took me under her wing as an incoming freshman with a passion that was strong, but I did not know what to do with it. She is kind, welcoming, and an inspiration to me.

5. If you had one piece of advice for new activists, what would it be?

For those who aspire to join such an organization, I have only one piece of advice for you: Take initiative. Take the first step. I know that being an active member of such an organization can appear to be nerve wracking, and imposter syndrome may have you by your neck. Do not let it win. If you know that you are genuinely interested in what #Fight4HER or any other activist group has to offer, then go for it. You will not regret it!

6. What other issues do you care about?

As well as reproductive health and rights, I care deeply about intersectionality such as LGBTQ+ rights. I realized after Capitol Hill Days that I needed to be more inclusive in my feminism.


Our volunteers are the backbone of this campaign—we couldn’t do it without you. Thank you for your dedication, and let’s keep up the fight to ensure that we put a permanent end to Trump’s Global Gag Rule!

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