Powerful Voices is highlighting alumna Miriam, who was involved in one of our employment programs at age 16. When Powerful Voices thinks of Miriam words like strong, dedicated, athletic, intelligent, spiritual, and independent come to mind. Read on to hear what she is up to now, how PV had an impact on her, and what she thinks about girls and the world!
Miriam in 2010 (far right) with coworkers Sara, Jasmine W., Jasmine C., and CurDesia.
Where are you now and what are you doing?
Currently I am in college at Seattle University. I am studying political science with specialization in legal studies.
How did you get involved with Powerful Voices?
I got involved with powerful voices when I participated in an employment program with the Zine project.
What was your first impression of Powerful Voices?
I thought it was a good space for girls to discuss issues that affects us in our society.
Looking back, how did Powerful Voices impact your life?
PV was very instrumental to my life because it gave me strength to endure hardships affecting me. It taught me how to appreciate my self as a woman and that there is power in collaboration.
What is the best thing that has happened to you since being involved with Powerful Voices?
I learned how to work in a group and I finally got a positive perspective in feminism.
What might someone be surprised to know about you?
People might be surprised to know that I speak four languages.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
If I had a super power, I would like to see my life 10 years from now without experiencing the journey with its ups and downs.
What do you think are important issues affecting girls?
I think self- esteem is affecting girls in our society due to the media's definition of beauty. I believe that parents and care-takers of young girls need to begin affirming them as soon as possible to help them. So many girls are vulnerable to evils of society because of their quest for beauty.
What would you like to change about the world?
I would like to change the power the media has on girls’ lives.
What is your dream for girls?
I would love to see girls learn what true beauty is and to know that God created them in his own image.