- Mia Penner
Chapter Leader Spotlight: Jennifer Nwozu
As partisan tensions continue to rise in the United States, the Bipartisan Feminist Project has expanded greatly, demonstrating the need for unity and cooperation in polarizing times. In the coming months, BIFP hopes to expand further by establishing chapters in schools across the country, each of which will be led by passionate young feminists with a desire to make lasting societal change. One such feminist is Jennifer Nwozu, a rising sophomore at Woodlands High School in Hartsdale, New York.
Nwozu has always been a staunch advocate for gender equality, but she became even more interested in feminism after noticing the hostile climate in her school community. “I feel that girls are kind of put down in my school,” she said.
With this in mind, Nwozu decided to found a chapter of the Bipartisan Feminist Project. “There are a lot of organizations for boys in my community, so I wanted to start one for girls,” she said. Nwozu hopes that the BIFP chapter will help shed light on gender disparities while encouraging solidarity and bipartisanship.
In order to become a certified chapter leader, Nwozu took part in a series of training sessions that helped craft her leadership skills and solidify her nuanced understanding of the Feminist Movement. The five-part training program, which was administered by BIFP’s executive team, aimed to prepare future chapter leaders to engage in meaningful discussions about feminism, plan advocacy projects, and fundraise for BIFP. At the end of the program, the chapter leaders were tasked with making a presentation about a women’s issue of their choice and discussing the importance of bipartisanism as it relates to the issue. Nwozu tackled the issue of intersectional feminism while highlighting the experiences of Black women in America.
“I learned a lot from the training program,” she said. “I got to learn a lot about the history of the women’s rights movement and the Equal Rights Amendment, which I didn’t know about before.”
Moving forward, Nwozu will face a special challenge when establishing her chapter of the Bipartisan Feminist Project. Due to social distancing guidelines, she will have to begin operations remotely. Still, Nwozu believes the Bipartisan Feminist Project will have a profound impact on her community, helping to reverse some of the negative stigma surrounding women’s issues.
Once established, Nwozu hopes her BIFP chapter will inspire girls not just in her school, but across the country. She plans to create advocacy projects in which girls can email their representatives about women’s issues. She also aims to hold meaningful discussions about domestic violence, which has recently increased due to the expansion of at-home work and schooling.
“The end result I’m hoping for is that girls in my community and across the country can feel heard,” Nwozu said. “I’m really excited to put in the work and make a lasting change.”