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Newbery Medal-winning children’s author Meg Medina talks about the power of writing in Spanglish, and relates her own childhood to her 2019 book Merci Suárez Changes Gears.
Nishaun Battle (Virginia State University)
Nishaun Battle talks about the historic “adultification” of young black girls. Her book is Black Girlhood, Punishment and Resistance: Reimagining Justice for Black Girls in Virginia.
Khadijah Miller (Norfolk State University)
Studies show that women in academia are often relegated to lower-ranked positions while their male counterparts ascend to the top. Khadijah Miller says finding a balance between work and home life can be stressful. So she helped form the Sistah Colleague Circle to give women encouragement, support, and a collaborative work environment.
Women and Leadership
Winx Lawrence (University of Virginia)
Despite her background in psychology, Winx Lawrence was shocked at her daughters’ loss of confidence upon entering middle school. She co-founded the Young Women’s Leadership Program, where college women pair with middle school girls to help them reach their potential academically, socially and emotionally. The program has emerged as a national model.
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