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An interview with Elissa Ha, Women’s March on Washington organizer

By Divya Ramesh Elissa Ha, a marketing associate and activist based in Brooklyn, was one of the key organizers of the Women’s March on Washington on January 21, 2017. Originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and a daughter of Vietnamese refugees who migrated to the US during the Vietnam War, she moved to New York City to attend NYU in 2010. Elissa, age 25, is passionate about intersectionality, reproductive healthcare, protecting refugees’ rights, media representation, and preventing sexual assault. As she entered...

NWNY volunteer profiles: Divya Ramesh, 29, blog contributor

New Women New Yorkers is run by a staff of volunteers. Some work on outreach initiatives to spread the word about the organization’s mission, while others work on the blog team or facilitate events and workshops — among a variety of other jobs. We want to introduce you to each of our fantastic volunteers, one by one. Divya Ramesh, 29, originally from India, is currently based in Harrison, NJ. With a background in publishing and journalism, she is a writer...

What we’re up to this fall, Summer Meetup recap, and other news

Tell Your Friends, Family, and Neighbors About LEAD The fall series of NWNY’s flagship LEAD program are about to begin! LEAD is a free 8-week workforce development program open to young immigrant women combining skills training, teamwork, and leadership development. ?subject=LEAD%20program” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>leadprogram@nywomenimmigrants or sign up to attend one of our Info Sessions at the NYPL Chatham Square (Sept 12 & 19) or Mid-Manhattan (Sept 13 & 20) branches. Can’t join us? Don’t let that stop you from telling your friends, family, and neighbors about LEAD! Click...

How the LEAD program helped Daria Kurdyukova find her confidence in NYC

By Daria Kurdyukova I never wanted to live in the US and I hated the English language, but in Russia we have a proverb: never say never. My husband was offered a job in NYC and told me we had to move. I was a little bit in shock and frustrated. Additionally, I was very scared of flying long distances. Nonetheless, I found myself in the states, and New York City in particular, for the first time in my life in...