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Women’s History Month Honoree 2022: Kayla Harrison

While other seventh graders were just learning about where to place England on a map, WHS senior Kayla Harrison was interested in the more nitty-gritty facts. She questioned her teacher why families of the past had been so much larger. She asked, “did they not have birth control back then? Didn’t they use animal intestines … Read more

Women’s History Month Honoree 2022: Luz Palou Garcia

Our honoree this week uses she/they pronouns. As such, we have used them interchangeably throughout this piece. By Grace Bettencourt, NFSJ Intern Luz Palou Garcia, a senior at Winchester High School, has been organizing since 8th grade and has been aware of social issues since she was young. “I was always a heavily opinionated kid … Read more

Women’s History Month Honoree 2022: Grace Bettencourt

By Arya Ramachandran, NFSJ Intern Grace Bettencourt, a junior at WHS, got involved with social activism in just 6th grade, after the 2016 election between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. According to Grace, “I couldn’t wrap my head around how the country could choose someone so hateful.” She educated herself on many of the social … Read more

Women’s History Month Honoree 2022: Lucy Patalano

While many of her peers spend time on YouTube watching influencers, a chance interaction with a YouTube video when Lucy Patalano was 13 influenced her life in an unexpected way. She described how a video of the way homeless women lived on their period impacted her. “It seems so straightforward that, obviously, people who can’t … Read more

Women’s History Month Honoree 2020: Seeme Baqai Moreira

Seeme Baqai Moreira came to the US at age 19 as a foreign student from Pakistan. Fluent in English, she made friends easily and thrived at her college, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Accounting and speaking at her college’s commencement ceremony. She went on to complete her Master’s degree in Business.   She met her husband, Mario … Read more

Women’s History Month Honoree 2020: Jennifer Zhang

Jennifer Zhang arrived in the US from China in 1990. At the time, her father was a visiting professor at MIT and Harvard, and Zhang was about to start college herself. Worried about her safety as a student activist, her father brought her to the Boston area to attend Wentworth Institute of Technology.  Soon after, … Read more

Women’s History Month Honoree 2020: Nicole Kassissieh Jones

The child of Palestinian refugees who immigrated to the US from Lebanon in their 20s, Nicole Kassissieh Jones witnessed first-hand the refugee’s ongoing search to find security and comfort, not to mention the pain inherent in feeling invisible, being misunderstood, and confronting the isolation of being “the only one.” This childhood experience created a drive in Jones … Read more

Women’s History Month Honoree 2020: Erica Rigby

From an early age, Erica Rigby had a passion for human rights and was active in public service in her hometown of Redding, CT. As a student and Civic Scholar at Tufts University, her interest was piqued in understanding how different countries view the US and how the world could benefit from our actions.   After completing … Read more