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Amanda Matos

Growing up in a Puerto Rican family in the Bronx, Amanda Matos became aware of the injustices that women of color face in the United States. Early on in life, she witnessed the racism and sexism her own family experienced which motivated her to take action. Matos started WomanHOOD, standing for Helping Ourselves Overcome Discrimination, to teach high school girls in the Bronx the skills to become social and political activists in order to increase the representation of women of color in government, higher education, and the workforce. Matos has seen significant interest among young women as a result of the WomanHOOD workshops. Over forty students have attended her workshops, and Matos envisions WomanHOOD expanding to high schools throughout New York City.  She hopes to track the progress of her young female workshop participants by staying connected to them throughout their college and workforce careers.

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Saturday, October 13